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Like many have said, the first section of this hike to the falls is quite easy and very reasonable even with a dog. That's when the fun ends because the remaining 1/4 of the hike distance gains double the hike elevation. The part remaining after the falls is on par with mailbox and took me double the time to reach the summit. When I hiked there was snow obstructing the trail but once you reach that point it's all up hill.
I ended up lost going down as a result of the conditions but was able to find my way down the longer way which had quite a good amount of snow covering it. The long way down was an old logging road which has some great views of the valley as well as some interesting rock formations in the cut out walls. The long way down was much nicer on my knees but it did increase the total distance of the hike to near 12mi so be aware of that.
GENERAL HIKE DESCRIPTION
The hike is a good length and pace for a moderate hiker. It is quite rocky on the trail so you may want a decent pair of boots or hiking shoes to avoid a sharp rock to the foot. The overall pace is pretty average for the first two thirds of the hike but after that it picks up a little bit. I saw a few people carrying their small dogs up but if you have a larger dog they should be fine.
TRAIL CONDITIONS as of 2/17
The trail was clear for 75% of the hike but the last 25% was covered in snow and ice. You may want to either bring poles or you can just walk beside the snow as the ice is very slippery. On the top there was probably 3ft of compact snow and on the backside where the approach to haystack is there was a little more. Because of the possibility of ice I wouldn't try to climb to the very top.