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beautiful trail. long, but not terribly difficult. I've hiked it several times, including the full loop. It's a popular hike, maybe the most popular on the Mesa. Got caught in a thunderstorm once up top, which wasn't entirely pleasant. Check the weather before you go! If you can, go in the fall - the aspens are lovely.

Over 7 miles to first camp site.
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hiking
6 days ago

Perfect short hike! Trail was beautiful and really clean/well kept. Just under 3 miles round trip. Took two dogs and felt it was a great hike for dogs.

hiking
7 days ago

Nice hike and is kid friendly. Not to busy of a trail and it is very well worn in.

An awesome hike make sure to bring enough water! It was 97 and went through all my water what what at awesome hike!

quite fab

hiking
17 days ago

So stunning. What a treat. The bugs are only a problem if you slow down!

hiking
21 days ago

This is one of the most glorious hikes I've ever been on. The trail itself is about 7 miles, but it's a mile from the parking area to the trailhead, so that adds 2 miles. That first mile from the parking area to the trailhead is the most strenuous part of the hike -- it's a pretty intense incline, and the elevation adds a little challenge -- but once you're on the trail, it's relatively flat hiking. And gorgeous! I missed the flowers at their peek by a couple of weeks, but there were still wonderful beds of purples and yellows. And even if there weren't, the vistas around every corner were worth the hike alone. There's a little waterfall at the end of the trail -- it felt great to dip my feet into the coooooold water. There are a few creek crossings along the way, but the water was pretty low and they were easy to cross. There's a pond of water about 3 or 4 feet deep between the parking area and the route to the trailhead, but if you walk up the bluff to the left of the pond, you can cross there -- boots stayed dry.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful views of the wildflowers and lakes. I’d rate it as moderate. The bugs weren’t too bad today.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful display of flowers especially after the third creek crossing

Beautiful views!!! Should bring mosquito repellent.

Loved this hike. Absolutely beautiful and not too strenuous. You do have to cross a few streams so keep that in mind if you don’t have great balance to hop across rocks, or just be okay getting your feet wet. No bikes once you hit the trailhead so that’s a bonus as well. Definitely park and walk up the road. We saw a couple raised vehicles make it through the stream but don’t risk it unless you know what you’re doing. The road is a climb but it’s a pretty walk and less than a mile I’d say. The trail wasn’t too busy- more people coming back vs going up- so get an early start and you’ll feel like you have this trail all to yourself. Most dogs we ran into were off leash.

hiking
27 days ago

A gorgeous hike filled with wildflowers and views.

hiking
28 days ago

Didn’t know what to expect... local sales clerk at REI recommended! Totally thrilled with this hike! It was gorgeous!!!! Short easy trail and beautiful scenery !!!! I highly recommend! Make sure you bring water... I saw several hikers with no water!!!!

hiking
28 days ago

No cow patties as reported in a review from 11 months ago. Loved this hike. Lots of wild flowers, Valley and Mountain View’s. The Bush Creek is viewed from above and you gradually descend to the bottom of the trail which meets the creek. Started the hike at 8 a.m. almost no one on the route, no bugs and no blazing sun for us.

Short hike to the falls. You can park on the main road and there are two additional small lots closer to the trailhead. The hike is short enough we found it easier just to park in the main lot and hike up. The hike to the falls is pretty rocky. More climbing then I expected given the reviews. For anyone used to hiking this won’t phase you, but if you’re not a hiker just know you will get a little out of breathe. We saw several people taking breaks. I would defiantly recommend continuing on towards the lake as we found this part of the trail much better. Less people, less rocky, and beautiful views. We turned around at the river crossing which was maybe a mile or so past the falls. Our dogs don’t handle heat that well so unfortunately we couldn’t push on to the lake. I should mention it was pretty buggy. Lots of flies, some biting, which didn’t bother us as much as the dogs.

hiking
30 days ago

Took my dogs, very pretty, fairly easy trail. Falls was beautiful. Trail has everything, great photos of wildflowers, mountains cross the way. Nice restroom at head of trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to become acclimated as it is short. Saw a family trying to hike this in flip flops and that is not smart . The trail is rocky but the waterfall view is spectacular.

hiking
1 month ago

Rustler’s Gulch was an incredible hike! The views were fantastic and the wildflowers were beautiful. It’s a steep hike up to the trailhead because of the flooded 4 wheel drive road, but well worth the hike.

Has some decent wildflowers but this trail is obviously a place where locals walk their dogs and ride their bikes. Not much to it but the views of the valley are good and it’s very accessible from Hwy 135.

Did this one mid July. Wildflowers were spectacular. Very buggy so take plenty of spray to keep them away. With a high clearance vehicle we were able to forge the creek at the base of the hill and drive up to the gate. This is a great hike !

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike to the falls. You are standing above the falls looking down. Nice for those not able to hike more than a couple miles. The trail is a little rocky. If you have the time, continue on to Copper Trail and on to the lake, which is an additional 4-5 miles (one way).

1 month ago

Not sure what the fuss is all about. granted we stopped at falls because we were just looking for a short hike after hiking all morning elsewhere. I would call this more of a moderate trail due to all the loose rocks and it has a pretty steady climb. Not hard, but i wouldn't take grandma or anybody not used to hiking. I guess I expected to be closer to the falls rather than looking at them from 300 yards away down a cliff. An ok hike but there are much better trails. Maybe if you keep going it gets better.

hiking
1 month ago

Love it! My husband and I chose this as our first hike with our 6 month old baby in a backpack...definitely worth it! Falls at the end we’re gorgeous.

Great hike, box like rock canyon at the end is shaded and cool after the hot hike. Definately bring some water!

1 month ago

lovely trail! wildflowers and waterfalls. what more could you want?

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. The lower rim is closed through the end of the year, so no loop option. However, just over 3 miles will get you to the beginning of the Crest, and it's amazing. You can continue along the Crest for an additional 3 miles before the path is closed. The mosquitoes are extremely heavy. Bring bug spray.

The wildflowers were fantastic!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this yesterday. Absolutely fabulous once you pass the dirt road and get onto the trail. (You can drive to the trail head but need very high clearance to ford a moderately deep stream.)
This trail has chest high wildflowers for a good portion of the hike and stunning vistas. Great hike anytime but in July it’s incredible.

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