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Trail seemed to have seen better days and hasn't been very maintained in a long while since the hurricane. Very large fallen trees make it difficult to navigate. Found myself paused and searching for trail markers to get back on the trail. Almost impossible to get to Oakridge from Kingsnake unless you know the trail really well. Difficult for my dog with lots of thorn branches covering the trail.
Other than all the cons, still a beautiful trail and very out of the way of disturbances. Little to no elevation changes and lots of different angles views of the swamp.
Great hike, good distance for a fulfilling day hike. It took 4 of us almost 2.5 hours to get to the top, and less than 2 hours to get down. We enjoyed lunch with a beautiful view at the top. Bring lots of water - this trail has a fairly steep incline almost the entire hike with a few level spots as you get closer to the top. We passed a hiker on the way out who was being treated by the rangers for dehydration. Our group was each fine with our own camelback on the trail in January in 69 degree weather. Please make sure you bring enough water for your canine friends too - so many thirsty pups on the trail! This trail is clearly marked, heavily trafficked (was also the only trail open in the park when we went due to the wildfires) and has lots of stairs.
it was not very very hard hiking as mentioned. but if u r out of shape or first tom hiker, it will be very difficult.we went in Jan 2017. bring lots of water or else you will be dehydrated. it will be 1.5 miles to the shelter and another 2 miles to the summit and overlook. it was a splendid view from governers rock and a mile from there you can reach summit. And overlook will be half a mile from there.. it will be a splendid view from the overlook point.
Great moderate hiking trail for beginners with a wonderful river vista at the halfway point. Recent rains made the ground and rocks a little slick and the trail was blocked in one place by a downed tree, but these were easy challenges to overcome. Beautiful trail!
I really enjoyed this trail. Unseasonably warm January day. Perfect for hiking. Ranger told us it was about 5 miles RT and strenuous. Parts of it can be, but I didn't find it too difficult. The height of the waterfall is amazing and the perfect payoff!