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Absolutely beautiful, was a perfect adventure to take with two 10 year olds, an 8 and 6 year old!

We had an afternoon to spend outside and I wanted to squeeze in as much of the outdoors as possible. We couldn’t decide which trail to do with in the park, and ended up deciding on the White Dome Trail. I’m really glad we chose that one, because it was very beautiful. It was the prettiest trail out of all the things that we walked along that day. It has really cool Narrows, very interesting rocks and is a loop which is nice. The nice thing is you can just hop in your car and drive to some of the other trails which are very short, so if you spend a whole day in the park, you could theoretically do most of them in one day. We also did the Fire Wave Trail. This was very short but very cool at the end. It was kind of frustrating, because at the beginning of the fire wave trail there were signs asking people to stay on trail, especially asking them not to climb on the fire wave at the end of the trail. Sure enough, as we approached the end of the trail, I couldn’t even get a picture of just the fire wave rock structure because of all the turds climbing all over it. It clearly asks you to keep off because of erosion. I don’t think that people understand that when they step off trail, they cause erosion and can damage or completely devastate vegetation that has taken so long to grow. All they care about is getting their picture on top of a rock. Congratulations, you walked 0.5 miles and got your picture, I hope it’s still there for your children to enjoy. You can just take a picture of the rock without you on it, the focus of the picture is the rock and not you anyway. Anyways, a lot of the other structures in the park you can just drive up to, to observe. We drove up to the Natural Arch Rock, the Atlatl rock, the Beehives and the Elephant Rock and were able to see it all from our car. And of course you can just hop out really quickly to get a closer look, as all of these rock structures are very close to the road and are within short walking distance, i’m pretty sure all of them had a parking lot directly across from the structure where you can park your car. Drive to the east entrance of the park where the elephant rock structure is located and you will see a nice Polaroid frame that you and a friend can stick your head into to get a picture. We were there just as the sun was about to go down and the sky was amazing. Also I would highly recommend driving through the scenic Loop near the west entrance, where the natural arch rock and ATLATL rock are. It has really amazing rock structures. I should also mention that we visited in January so the weather was in the 50s. All the hikes were very easy, however me and my friend are avid hiker is. I would recommend bringing a ton of water if you plan to be there in the summer and maybe plan for less Miles. I’m giving it four stars, and not five because I enjoy a good strenuous climb, and there were none. But it was absolutely beautiful, and I’m glad that we did this, rather than walking around Las Vegas another day

Great, beautiful views throughout the hike. It is actually 7 miles to the top of the peak according to the maps at the visitor center and at the beginning of the hike! Don’t let that moderate rating fool you, the last 1.2 miles of the hike are more on the difficult side for sure. Worth it though! Just give yourself time!

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1 day ago

Did this hike in mid November and it was amazing. We got hit by a decent amount of snow throughout the entire hike which just added to it. The silence walking on Dream Lake with nothing but the snow falling was stunning! Definitely rent spikes.

This was the scariest thing I've ever done. I'm proud of myself for doing it because I'm terrified of heights but I won't ever do it again. We were appalled at the people hiking to the top with small children. Yes, it's beautiful but it's also dangerous. Be safe.

Great hike today. Not too hot and some clouds. We did the loop which added a little extra mileage. The trail was a steady ascent with some level patches. The last mile was steep but had switchbacks. The view at the summit was wonderful- a full 360. There were open views the entire hike. Highly recommend.

A great trail, and did not encounter anyone as it was a cooler day. Good hike!

Easy walk and beautiful scenery.

360 views. Great hike.

1/10/19 quick and easy. slight presence of ice near the waterfall.

1/11/19 Incredible hike and views. Ice is present on the wiggles and from the first set of chains. It is possible to get past first set of chains without clamp one but would not recommend. very easy to slip.

Went up on New Years Eve, it had snowed about an inch the night before and everything was absolutely beautiful. The shuttle was running and we caught the second or third one out at 8:20. There were about 40 people hiking the switchbacks around us, but that number dropped to about 20 when we hit the chains because of the snow.

I would NOT go past the first short stretch of chain without micro spikes. Several portions were extremely slick, and the couple hiking ahead of us without spikes made me nervous. About 90% of people we saw that day had spikes on. Well worth the $20.

Took us almost exactly three hours total, from hopping off the shuttle to getting back to the stop. It was starting to get crowded as we came back down, which would have added a lot more time waiting for the narrow parts to clear up before passing.

It is an amazing hike. Summer can get HOT, so be sure to bring lots of water. During the winter/spring the water can be a little high at times BUT if the water at the crossings is up, then the views of the waterfalls become even better.

3 days ago

beautiful

challenging in all the right parts. beautiful throughout. not too long. great Sunday hike

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail, outside of RMNP gates. First visit 1/13/19 - snow on most of the trail, well packed and well traveled. Sunny skies and warm rocks to relax on. I left my snowshoes in the car - a few slippery spots where crampons would be helpful but not bad. Lake frozen solid. Well maintained trail allowed for trail running on the way down.

Of all he trails we did today this was my favorite. Easy hike but really spectacular views from every direction & you can wander off in any direction really through the wash which my dog Annie loved

This was a great trail & lots of beautiful scenery.

hiking
4 days ago

Challenging hike with steep grades and deep steps. The footing is rocky but not the worst. There’s no shade on this trail and it can get windy up there. Great views of Sabino Canyon and Tucson.

walking
4 days ago

cool mostly tree covered. but not a clear pathway kind of go your own way. easy walk nice historic sights

hiking
4 days ago

Really nice hike. 4 waterfalls and a rugged trail. Interesting water features...some with no outlet. Be sure to take the Sheep Cave side trail. Not a beginner hike.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views along the way. Steady increase the entire way up. There were all ages and levels of experience doing this hike. As others have mentioned, a few slick spots but I was able to get up and down easily without microspikes.

hiking
4 days ago

We were there on 1/9. The trail had some slick spots but we were able to conquer it without microspikes and they probably aren’t needed since most of the trail was dry. The lake was frozen over and absolutely beautiful. Due to the government shut down, the garbage cans at the trailhead had a bag taped over them. The bathrooms were also closed. There is an outhouse near the top, be sure to bring some toilet paper with you!

Went in November 2018. Right after a decent snow. About halfway up it was all snow and ice. Massive ice icicles were falling from the top of Alum Cave. Was a little daring trying to hurry up the frozen ground to get under the protection of the cave. Highly enjoyed the excitement of it all. The steps at Arch Rock were a solid sheet of ice. Fell only one time going down them. I enjoy the harder trails with a little twist of ice and snow.

We love this hike. We’re locals and my son works at the park so this is a regular for us. It’s a very popular trail so parking is difficult. Certain times of day changes how the colors look in the rocks. The colors are the most vibrant early in the morning or late afternoon. High noon washes them out.

4 days ago

Very informative. Great for families.

Super fun! However - it is important to note that from the parking lot, round trip, the hike is 10 miles to the falls, not 7.8 as the AllTrails info indicates. Being plenty of water, wear shoes you’re OK with getting wet, and a hat.

Great hike. Constant elevation gain with minimal leveling points. Very rocky with loose gravel. Take your time. Beautiful views of cacti and surrounding mountains. Completed 1/12/19 4hrs 7.2 miles.

This was a trail that was totally worth the view at the top. All paved trail that has a steady and tough incline the whole way. The view from the observatory at the top is great. 360° view of the mountains that is very photo worthy. The most challenging part of this trail is parking. It is an absolute nightmare. Narrow two-lane road with cars inventively parked on both sides and a line of cars that goes halfway to Gatlinburg.

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