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This is an excellent hike and was a great experience. The only real negative was the woman working the parking lot as we entered. We arrived for an afternoon hike. She approached us, started telling us all about her life, where she worked, that she has C.O.P.D because of where she worked.......on and on and on and on. Then she proceeded to tell us that dawn was at 7:15 and that we better have ourselves out of there by then. I said "we'll do out best" and she said "no, you will, our your car will be towed". Following that statement she began explaining how what she said wasn't a threat. For the love of god, can you please just not give the speech to people in their mid 40s that you do to college kids? What a downer she is for that place. Prepare for her if you are headed there.
The first two miles are extremely scenic, very well kept and end with the Cascade, which is so beautiful. If you are going on the next two miles to Barney's Wall, know that it's a different hike. The entire parking lot was full today and we were the only ones that went to the Wall, which we loved. Not sure about the categorization of "beginner" for the second 2 miles. There's a stretch for about 3/4 of a mile where it's straight up hill and pretty brutal. Pretty brutal if you're pushing yourselves like we like to do.
We made the 4.25 hike up to the wall in an hour and 45 minutes. When you get there, it's like the heavens open up and a choir starts singing. It's more of an OH MY GOD moment than we even had at McAfee's Knob. It's completely and totally stunning.
Opposed to the Knob hike, this trip back down is almost completely downhill. We finished it in an hour and 25 minutes.
We spent nearly an hour at the Wall. At McAfee's Knob your photo opportunities are easy and endless. I recommend going there if that's what you're going for. In my opinion, you need to put yourself in pretty serious danger to get the best photo op at Barney's. Just a warning.
4 stars with 1 star removed for the woman at the gate.
Amazing adventure! I've hiked to the cascades numerous time but have never been to Barneys Wall! All I can say the WOW! Amazing views and super relaxing journey. The hike up is difficult but completely worth it and totally doable at your own pace! Barneys Wall is an absolute must see!
This 5 star is for Barney's Wall! I rated the Cascades a 4 because of the insane amount of people but I'm so glad we decided to hike the extra 2 miles beyond the waterfall to Barney's Wall! It was really isolated. We only ran into a couple of groups. It was almost a bit creepy for me as I feared bears but nothing like that happened. The wall was a real treat with an incredible view. Worth the extra 4 miles round trip!
Easy hike and very scenic. Only gave it a 4 because of the amount of people in the water and on the rock making it a little complicated to navigate. Hike another 2 miles to go to Barney's Wall! So worth it. Go up the stairs and turn left then follow the signs. Grab a hiking stick!
The Bald Knob hike is short (0.5 miles) but extremely steep with an average incline of about 14%. There is a fire road that also goes to the top and that is about a mile long. While it is a difficult hike, it is well worth the effort as the view is fantastic. The trailhead starts on the property of Mountain Lake Lodge, making it easily accessible.
The Indian Trail is 1.4 miles and circles around the edge of the lake. The trail is covered by rhododendron bushes and lots of foliage. It is not a difficult hike but can be slick due from mud or moss. The trail doesn't offer any views but is pretty itself.