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This was during the shutdown and gates closed. Only adds 4/10’s of a mile to the hike. Took the upper left trail and came back up the lower right side. Don’t pass this one up if visiting Garden of the Gods!

Large parking lot that sometimes fills up. Very popular for good reason, great hike!!! Unless you go early (sunrise) or late ( sunset) there is a crowd. One of the best hikes in Shawnee and a “ must do”

An overlooked gem. This trail offers some spectacular views and opportunities to explore off the trail.

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19 days ago

This was a treat. We hike every New Years Day and have lived down here 40 years, but have never been here. Previous reviewers are correct on all points. Rough road to get there, though not muddy or impassable. Our CRV did fine. There are plenty of brown signs to get you there and GPS is on the money. Top of falls are right there but we saw no trail head sign and, in fact, never saw a blaze. We took right off on a path but were immediately off what I suspect is the loop, looking at the map here. We,as others did, walked the ridge top, lost the trail heading down to the creek and then followed the bottom of the bluffs up stream. That was fun! It rained the two days before and water was coming over the bluffs and through the sandstone. It was a cloudy day but he canyon is beautiful. We walked up to bottom of falls and then backtracked to where we were back on top and then walked back to top of falls. A little too much rain for us to safely ford the stream and we still are unclear where the loop goes. We will find out. We're going back!

Beautiful hike with awesome rock formations. We hiked this trail on a rainy day and the water sheds off the trail well. The trail is easy unless you want to venture into the rock formations which provide ample opportunity for climbing.

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1 month ago

Ugh. We really wanted to hike this trail but could not stay on the trail. Tried from both directions. Trees down blocking path. Not marked well at all.

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2 months ago

Fun little loop trail. Hope to see the waterfall at full force one day but still a fun trail. The back part of the loop can get confusing. There’s a steep hill to climb or go down, depending on what way u r going. Had a great time!

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2 months ago

Very cool spot. The Trail itself was hard to find and not marked well but we made it around pretty well. High cliffs that can be wet so proceed with caution. Loved climbing up the rocks near the waterfall.

Fall is a great time to come and see this awesome place! The different color trees make it more beautiful. Lots of places for photos. It is a easy trail I have been here 3 times and it always has a lot of people. If you bring children ... don’t let them out of your sight.

We started the trail clockwise. It is a easy hike on a stone paved walkway for a little bit then you will see the stairs to go down and squeeze thru the rock formations..then the trail is a dirt path which had a little mud because it had rained the day before. But not too bad at all! Loved to see the huge rock cliffs beside us as we hiked. It’s a easy peaceful hike only saw one other person so not too crowded!

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2 months ago

Nice easy hike. Does take you to a awesome overlook. Has a small cave , big rock formations. You need to follow the blue blazes and sometimes it’s hard to know which way to go. Use your AllTrails recorder to help you stay on the right path. Saw a couple putting up their tent to camp which would be fun!

Pretty

Gorgeous views. Wonderful !

Beautiful trail. Easy hike , enjoyed the colors of fall

Trailer was enjoyable

Always a great view and fun climbing

loved the view of the lake if you take the straight bit off the loop and then double back. rock formations were awesome. go in fall when the trees are in color - it's breathtaking!

Short paved hike beautiful views.

Beautiful! Recommend taking the outer trail, definitely worth it and fun to explore.

2 months ago

Pretty, difficult to find. Trailhead starts a little bit down the road.

Hard to find. The office at the campground was super rude when we tried to get directions. Definitely didn't feel welcome whatsoever. A waste of time, the overlook wasn't really worth it. Horse poo on the trails that weren't maintained well.

My favorite place in Shawnee national forest. Fantastic views with unlimited photo opportunities. A nice short loop, but plan on budgeting a few hours for rock climbing. Very dangerous in places. Common sense must be used. Very peaceful.

Great trail! Beginning half of trail is on a man made rock path. Very easy to navigate. Then trail continues into rock formations producing fantastic views. Second half of loop is on an incline. Nothing too difficult. Wish trail were longer!

hiking
3 months ago

a Little confusion, partly a mowed path through the woods but more of a walk along a road.

Very nice scenic area. Destination hike, Do Indian Point trail which is just down the road.

Trail is very well laid out. No special scenic areas, just a nice walk through old growth forest.

Short and easy trail if you want it to be. Breathtaking views. People do die here every year from falls, but as long as you aren't leaping like a wild man from rock to rock over obviously deep chasms (you'll see people doing it), you'll be fine.

A good one in Shawnee, great rock formation!

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4 months ago

Waterfall was in full swing when we went, but VERY slippery. Be safe!

A very short easy stroll, a must for the view. Go at sunset. Bring camera:)

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