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hiking
2 hours ago

Beautiful scenic walk by the river in the canyon. Can go as far as you’d like and still have a great time.

2 days ago

Did not find it worth the hype, but pretty. water crossings mid-calve deep. Feet are swollen and angry from being soaked, in morning chilly temps.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail in great shape. One of my favorite hikes. I will say this it is straight up. 46 degrees at the parking lot and ice and snow in spots near the end of the trail. If you aren’t in at least average shape you should avoid this hike.

Lots of switchbacks but still pretty steep. Fairly difficult but the view is worth it.

I usually do this loop with the Dismal climb at the end. I take my 45lb dog and he loves it. Yes, I have to help him up and down the ladders, but it’s worth it to have him with me. We’ve never had any major trouble. It’s a great workout with a variety of scenery, suspension bridge, & plenty of technical aspects to keep it interesting. Don’t forget to take the spur on Raven Cliff trail to the overlook at the end. It’s cool to see where you just were.

Climbed Table Rock on 1/9/19 with future son in law Jim. Try to climb early January each year to get the year off right. Cold but sunny day. Temp in mid 40s.
Love the climb. Strenuous is correct Well worth the view.

Beautiful trail with many hops over the creek. I did this trail during winter and was a bit icy.

Really not terribly difficult, the stair portions are the hardest since they are quite the incline (calves and quads will feel it). The rest of the trail is moderate incline the whole way. The view at the top is pretty good but as of recently the last part of the trail has been closed, which is where the good view is.

hiking
9 days ago

The ranger was not exaggerating the amount of steps and elevation gain that are involved in this hike but as promised it has some great views. If you have knee hip or ankle issues be prepared for lots of uneven steps maybe consider using poles. We hiked this after a lot of rain so the trail was fairly muddy. No shortage of waterfalls to see on the way up. Lots of large boulders to stop and take a break. For SC this is a great option if you are looking for a challenge. Overall great hike.

walking
13 days ago

Beautiful views from the ground of the rock formations and canyon. The trail end does not have any Wow factor and the views are consistent along the whole trail. We did it in the winter and spring or summer might be more fun with the creek crossings and blooming wildlife. I would recommend this trail as a sight seeing activity rather than a trail hike. Good to go in 1 mile and out or for an easy day walk.

View at the top is worth it! Very muddy right now, and our watches showed 3 miles each way

This trail is no joke. It is very strenuous, even for well-seasoned hikers. The view and the feeling you'll get from finishing are worth it!

Dear lord this was a hard trail. Me and my two best friends went camping together and we spontaneously decided to do this trail for some reason. The whole thing is pretty much uphill but the view... my god the view was incredible at the top. It was so breathtaking it made the whole hike worth it. Just a note: the three of us are not in peak physical condition. I’m moderately fit but have hypoglycemia and a syncope problem, one friend has asthma and hypoglycemia but she runs frequently, and the second friend just casually works out. It took a while to go up and down this monster but we managed it.

hiking
15 days ago

Brutal but worth it!

hiking
16 days ago

One of my first hikes!

hiking
17 days ago

I hiked this trail back in September on a weekend. Parking was a nightmare so beware. The trial itself was pretty cool even though it was pretty crowded. We packed our water shoes and our lunch, so once we got to the end of the trail, we changed shoes and continued on past the point that most people turned around. By this point, there was no one else around us (which was awesome) so we ate our lunch in the shade on a big rock. Overall I thought this trail was kind of boring though. It’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but, it took us a long time and there wasn’t all that much to see. You’re basically stuck in a canyon looking at the same thing for miles. I also got stung by a yellow jacket on our hike out. That could happen anywhere, but it didn’t add to my excitement of the hike. We did this hike in between our stays in Sedona and Flagstaff, so it was nice to see some greenery. But, I think next time, I’d find a hike with a little more umph to it!

hiking
18 days ago

My wife and I knocked this out on a trip to the area. Well worth the work. Suggest leaving early morning and enjoying lunch at the top overlooking the reservoir. Very enjoyable time!

This was an excellent hike! Strenuous in some areas with some very rewarding pic and scenery opportunities. Considerstion for trail use: check forecast for rain or snow. In some areas potential for slipping and washouts are high.

hiking
18 days ago

nice hike! definitely was a work out! I would start your day with this hike then maybe head to another trail after. beautiful views!

Loved the view from the top, but there wasn't much of a view at all till the overlook. Some of the other climbs we hiked had a several views along the way, this one was forest until the overlook.
Still, a fun hike, with a breathtaking view. The single vantage point, and reasonably heavy amount of traffic will probably keep me from going back, but I think it was absolutely worth doing once!

Great views. Not too difficult of a hike. Definitely worth it!

Fun trail with breathtaking views at the top! It’s a decent hike up - also super muddy from all the rain. There were also a ton of people hiking this trail. After you get through the switchbacks, it’s a steady incline up. Bring a snack and enjoy the view at the top.

Beautiful hike. I agree with those that have said it was a challenging hike, but I would add enjoyably challenging.

Very challenging but rewarding as well. We do it almost Everytime we come to Gatlinburg.

hiking
22 days ago

They mean it when it says hard. I am an experienced hiker and the elevation gain was a challenge. However, I think at a slow and steady pace most anyone can complete this. The view at the top is so worth it. There are several spots as you get to the end where you can see a full panoramic view. Great way to spend the day. Make sure to bring a heavy snack and/or lunch to enjoy at the top.

on West Fork Trail

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike. Highly recommend it. Loved the river crossings because it added some fun. The end of the trail is amazingly beautiful and peaceful. Wasn't too crowded since it was the day after Christmas.

Overall I would rate a B+. Experienced Hiker. trail as not strenuous at all. a touch but muddy. Not to many people on the trail, popular trail for the dogs though. Old Britsh man at the top asked if I wanted to share a pint with, I accepted the gracious offer. View was decent. Over all a good hike.

So much fun. I ran it and would highly recommend this to trail runners.

Great trail with many shallow river crossings. Waterproof boots were really helpful. Plenty of shade resulting in a few icy patches. Beautiful canyon walls and greenery make this one of the best trails I have ever hiked.

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