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Went through Stone Door into the gorge. Very rocky, but once down there, wildflowers were everywhere! Beautiful The bolder filled creek was dry, but hiked to a Ranger falls anyway. It was running great, with a small rainbow at bottom. It goes underground, that’s why you see no water in creek bed. Going on along BCG Trail, I came upon another smaller waterfall. It also runs back underground, as does Big Creek, which you will see for the remainder of the hike out of gorge. Very rocky climb out to the rim. Rim trail has a few nice overlooks. I would rate this moderate, with steep climb at end. Don’t wear flip-flops!!

Beautiful views, considerable elevation gains and descent. Tricky footing in some places over rocky trails especially when climbing or decending on the gulf. Take the extra .8 miles to see Ranger falls!

enjoyed this late winter hike but let the tick season begin. found two even after liberal application of Deet.

Beautiful hike. A little challenging but definitely worth it!

Did this trail in March 2018 and it’s a great day hike. The first 2/3 of the Trail ascends up Blood Mountain gradually with a pretty good push to the summit, then descends steeply over the finally mile and a half. The trail itself isn’t as established which gives it a very rustic adventurous feel as you hike the Blood Mountain ridge line. The second half of the hike loops back on the AT giving you a chance to run into AT through hikers. Not too difficult would definitely recommend.

It was challenging for me as I haven’t done that distance in years. The views were fantastic- great time of year (early March) for some bonus waterfalls. Great sense of accomplishment after completing the loop!

13 days ago

This was an extremely challenging trail, but it doesn’t get challenging until close to the actual falls and of course the OUT and UP part.

We dropped a car at the Tennessee side and drove back to Alabama side and started there so that we could through hike. I think the through hike was the best idea because we got to see different things which kept it rewarding rather than an out and back situation.

It’s worth it but if it’s rainy it is quite slippery and a little scary. Trekking poles or walking sticks are essential in this sort of situation and would help even if it’s dry when you go.

A beautiful place! Easy hike in strenuous hike out.

Great Hike! But would not give it a "hard" difficulty.

Great trail with awesome scenes and many waterfalls.

Tried to follow the Park map which was not detailed and confusing, so we got lost a couple times. Really pretty hike with a lot of views!

Great Hike! From the TN side, the trail is around 4 miles to the "Walls Of Jericho" section. The AL and TN trails meet at the Walls and it's around 1 mile or so from the Walls of Jericho sign to the actual falls. As others have mentioned, it's a steep climb on the way out!

Fantastic! It has everything you could want on a hike- waterfalls, mountain views and streams. I enjoyed how the terrain and density of the trees was always changing. My favorite hike so far!

Amazing and beautiful hike with fun climbs..The distance is greater than 8mi total from the TN trailhead out and back ...and also other loop trails I noticed in the area. Hope to go back!!

This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen. Great hike yet slippery. According to my GPS and the sign at the parking area, this is a 8.3 mile out and back hike so not sure where the 6 miles on this app came from but it’s longer than 6 on the Alabama trail head side. Either way it’s well worth it.

Hiked the Walls this Past Saturday and loved it! It was beautiful. Very well worth it!!

Challenging, but more of a moderate trail than hard! Beautiful sights, perfect distance. Worth it!

My dog, Rezin, and I hiked the loop today, and I couldn’t be happier with how awesome it was. Weather was a little cloudy so it gave some nice shade. Great water access for majority of the hike. I didn’t need to get out my dog bowl, he was sipping from small creeks and puddles pretty much every time we took a break. The view from the peak of blood Mountain is out of this world! Decent amount of people on the trail, but all friendly and majority had dogs but they were friendly as well. Great place to also camp, so I plan on doing that next time! Overall, it was an absolutely beautiful and stunning hike!

Took my daughter out for the day. This hike was a blast. It was challenging in some spots but that was due to the amount of rain we have had over the last week or so. All in all it was a great time and a great day.

Great trail with great scenery. If you can catch it when the falls are flowing it’s an amazing sight.

Watch out for ice and mud, but the trail is in good shape.

great winter waterfall hike for ranger creek falls

1 month ago

I hiked this trail solo in late January. Tips...wear sturdy footwear. Flip flops or open toe footwear highly discouraged. There are many places with exposed and hidden rocks along the trail. Trekking pole with pointed tip helpful since the trail goes along the side of a mountain toward the end. very uneven and steep in places so a pole or two could be good to steady if you are not experienced. There is a rope hold in one area. Take at least 2 liters of water, more if it's hotter months, you will be glad you didn't have to dehydrate yourself. I think 2.5 to 3L would be sufficient for most on a hotter day. There is moving water at the bottom in case you decide to filter instead. The trail is marked with red blazes on the trees and it's approx 2 miles to the first foot bridge at the bottom. After this creek crossing the trail levels out then crosses a second footbridge. A primitive backpacker camping area is several hundred yards beyond this footbridge. Bear slightly right after you pass by the camping area. Look for the trail sign. You will pass a barely visible small cemetary left of the trail just beyond the camping area. You are 20 min from the Walls at this point. Trail continues along a creekbed just to your right and then the trail will veer left and start a steep climb onto the hillside above the floor. Use caution in this section as it is very narrow and uneven. It can get especially slippery in this section so take your time. There is a rope hold fastened to the wall on your left in the worst section. When you come off the hill side you will see the largest pool of water and perhaps a small waterfall. This usually always has water. Traverse the rocks across this pool to your right upstream and you will see a trail running along the creek. It's a brief 25 yard push up the enbankment and then you are on a dry stone creekbed. Just up from here you can shimmy up a ledge approx 4 feet high onto another large flat area. The featured waterfall is down in a hole to the right after you climb this ledge and walk into the canyon approx 75 yards. Some climb down into the cravasse to get close but not advised if you're not a good climber. Average person can do it though. Flow is really dependant on recent rainfall however. I've been down there 4 times and seen it flowing twice. This whole section is a great area to picnic or back at the camping area. Plan lots of stops once you cross back over the footbridge and start the climbout. I am in good cardio health and made the entire trek out in 1 hr 40 min with one 5 min stop. I would not advise this pace for most people since I was cardio training with a 35 lb pack. There are lots of switchbacks with moderate grade incline on the trail. In the warmer months you will have mostly shade from the trees to keep the temp down. Plan 2 to 2.5 hrs out once you leave the walled area. It's well worth it if you plan and give yourself time. I would not advise this hike for anyone who has an untreated cardio condition without checking with your physician first. Getting aide in a timely fashion is improbable. Hope this post helps you prepare to have a fantastic hike to truly one of the most beautiful hikes in this entire geographic area.

One of my favorite trails! Definitely a little difficult, but you'll be fully rewarded with the view at the top!

We are a couple in our 60’s in reasonably good shape and did this trail in January, after a snow/ice event but the day was relatively warm. For us it was moderately strenuous but hey, we’re in our 60’s. Pretty constant ups and downs but most of that was relatively gradual. No truly hard climbs or descents and the footing on most of the trail was good. A little rocky and root strewn on the west side of the loop. It took us 6 hrs but most people do it in 4-5 hours.

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