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done the trail yesterday..the lost falls weren't lost to us..flowing beautifully. got some awesome pics..trail very well marked

Ran this for the first time yesterday, headed clockwise. The trails themselves weren't too strenuous, but are quite technical with various rocks and roots along a majority of this section. I wore minimalist shoes and made it through, but thicker soles are almost obligatory.

I downloaded the map after reading some reviews, but it wasn't really necessary. Cave creek was very easy to follow. The trail does disappear for a bit in a gnarly boulder garden where it meets up with Pinhoti, but there are blue blazes to find if you keep your head on a swivel.

Overall, very nice, technical trail with some decent climbs.

Definitely difficult terrain, especially the last portion near the river. Fallen leaves cover slippery mud, tree roots and rocks. I wish I had a walking stick! Trail isn’t marked well in some areas. However, it might be our age? We were passed a few times by younger hikers that were almost skipping down the trail!

Great hike if you want to wonder why the hell you aren’t back to your car yet for a couple miles. Rocks near the bottom are super slick and could make for a sore buttocks so be careful. Decent views. Easy in, hard out.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked the trail past few days...any Lost And Found?

Nice!

Such a beautiful trail. The waterfall was dry but the view was still very worth it. Pictures just don't do it justice. Make sure if you plan it as a day hike to get there with 6 hours of daylight at least. Definitely planning on coming back in the summer for a few days camping.

Nice well marked trail with good scenery. The return hike is just about all uphill. It was pretty hard, but well worth the trip.

beautiful place! loved it and my hiking team loved the challenge.

Great day hike for any age that can do 7 miles. great views, good camping options.

Fabulous trail well marked for the experienced hiker. Trails were well maintained. Absolutely beautiful scenery.

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail was great Did a overnight all the water is at the bottom Not a lot of used to get to the bottom it's gorgeous the waterfall was dry but still very cool Will go back to see it flow Can't get lost so don't worry just enjoy

An amazing experience. I have only recently started hiking so I was a little nervous about jumping right into this, but I am so glad that I did. The scenery is breathtaking. I was definitely winded when I got back to the vehicle, but loved every step of it.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty but they really need to consider cutting their prices to hike in half...took 1 hour to complete and that is with all of us taking our time. I

hiking
1 month ago

SUNGLASSES: If you happen to locate a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses on this trail, then we would love to get them back! (kirk_e_hunt at yahoo dot com) We discovered a pair of sunglasses that someone left behind at the end, brought them back to the trailhead, and left them hanging on the trailhead sign. Hoping the owners will happen to come back and find them and also that one good trail deed will return one to us! Ha!

This was a very enjoyable hike! My wife and I, and our six children (ages 9-14), completed the in & out hike in about 5 hours to include an hour spent eating lunch and exploring the area at the end of the trail. I agree with the “hard” difficulty rating as the ascent back to the parking area is physically demanding. You’re not required to necessarily be “in shape”, but simply capable of physically handling the challenge. The kids handled it well and had a great time! They especially loved climbing and exploring around the area at the end.

The falls were dried up, as the area hasn’t had any decent rain in a while, but there was plentiful water that allowed us to filter and resupply our water before heading back out (water at the end was clear and refreshingly cold).

The trail itself wasn’t anything “exciting”, but the end was fully worth it. Several primitive campsites available in the valley section that I hope to make use of in the near future. Looking forward to going again 1) when there is a good water flow and 2) when the leaves are gone and are not masking a good view of the canyon walls.

We took a 3 year old, a 5 year old, and two dogs. We didn’t make it all the way to the walls because it was getting dark. But we made it to the waterfall and they boys loved it! We will definitely be coming back!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a gorgeous spot . Just watch your step if you walk down to the falls . Some of the wet rocks are REALLY SLICK . Beautiful place and an easy walk .

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty nice area. The views from on top of the canyon around the stop-offs are incredible.

So fun!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Manageable for all skill levels and ages. You can extend this hike by taking the trail South along the river to "Little Falls". Hike down and back up is a little steep, then you can either walk back along the river or on the side of the road back to the main parking lot.

I wish I had recorded it and made another trail!

Great hike! Dog friendly! Make sure you go after it’s been raining, because the waterfalls will be flowing a lot better. Also checkout the cave about half into the hike

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoy this trail. I have been on it a few times from childhood, first time on my own and just getting back into hiking after several years off - there are some tough spots, but most of that (if not all) is on the Pinhoti portion of the trail (which is also where the majority of the overlooks are), the Cave Creek portion is much less strenuous in my opinion.

For those who can’t find the crash site or McDill overlook, it is south of the southern curve of the Pinhoti where the Chinnabee and Cave Creek sign of “3” miles is. From there, about 1/4 mile or so. There are a couple of great overlooks.

I’ve read several comments of the trail not being well marked and people getting lost, and in some respects I have to agree. There are several spots where the tree paintings have faded completely or there are none for several hundred feet (that I saw). That said, the trail itself is well travelled this time of year so as long as you follow the well padded paths, you should probably be ok, but as mentioned by others, be sure to have a means to find your location (backup map and compass should always be with you). Also, though I mean no offense to anyone, you are trekking into the wilderness by yourself and you should be well aware of the risks doing so. Being underprepared is something that happens but can be avoided or at least minimized with prior research; being unprepared altogether is quite dangerous. Just because hundreds/thousands of others do it doesn’t make it “easy” or “safe.” Use common sense and be prepared as best you can.

Bring water, and more than you need. There is only one water source I saw, which is on the Cave Creek trail about a mile before/after the Pinhoti connection (depending on which way you are coming from).

Planning to go back.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun for all levels. Go during late fall or spring when water volume is higher.

Moderate hike to the cave but rather narrow at times. I wouldn’t want to take small children. Inside the cave was very slick. Be sure to have good shoes, flashlight or headlamp. Beautiful site!

Caney Creek is a great hike. Easy and always refreshing. Please always practice LNT Leave No Trace. Have fun hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

The hike in wasn't bad at all. The last mile has a lot of rocks in the trail so beware of that. Now the hike out was a challenge. The elevation change is mainly in that last mile. The walls themselves are beautiful, definitely worth the hike in and out. For those wanting to hike it soon, there is water at the end right now.

A good hike for sure! the hikers included me 42yo, 13yr, 10 yr and 2 8yolds. Yes, it's the south in the summertime - be prepared for the sweltering humidity with plenty of water and snacks. The kids got a little discouraged on the way down, but said the swimming hole was definitely worth it. The canopy of trees provides plenty of shade but also locks in the humidity if it has rained recently. Don't rate the trail poorly just bc it's hot and humid! the rock formations at the end are amazing, so suck it up and carry on! Just remember, what goes down must come back up - be prepared for the 100% uphill on the way back out.

Definitely a difficult hike but if you prepare mentally and bring plenty of water it's beyond rewarding!!

where it's the water? took family of 5 and several family with kids. we camped at bottom and hiked to walls. the falls were dry never seen it like this usually at least some water in falls. good time down and the kids with backpacks did great on way back 22 min miles uphill. needed lots of water kids drank over 1.5 litres each and started getting into ours at end. make sure to plan ahead to purify water because wont have enough to go down and back without refills.

Really Great hike! Make sure you park at the hiking trail head and not the horseback riding trail head! We definitely parked at the wrong one and initially had a really hard time finding the correct trail.

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