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hiking
2 days ago

Good little hike with a waterfall at the end - entrance fees waived by a National Parks pass.

Not my favorite hike, but it’s nice. It’s a pretty busy trail but the waterfall at the end is fun.

I found it to to be a good amount of challenge with great views as the pay off. Took a little over 4 hours round trip but I have not done much hiking this year so I’m not in the best shape. We went at about 8:30 and the bugs were not bad at all. It’s really nice that there are places to sit and rest once you get to the falls. Great views of the city as well. My garmen showed about 5,5 miles to lower falls.

Tough hike but so very worth it for the views!

Great hike. Beautiful relaxing spot when you get to Lake Mary.

One of my favorite hiking spots. The scenery is amazing!

The trail leading up is extreme, it inclined so fast and steep. There is a lot of rocks and things you need to climb over. It’s beautiful, pace yourself and you should be good.

Beautiful stop on the way to lake Catherine.

This hike never disappoints. Beautiful fall colors this time of year.

my 2-year-old nephew made it up the mile to the falls almost by himself. super easy and loved it. he slept the entire way down. beautiful trail all the way. the leaves are starting to change color right now. I was there a week ago, and it's a nice touch. the trail is paved all the way until a small dirt trail leading to the falls. great for kids, and great for a short escape!!!

Pretty steep until you get to the first lake, but it’s worth it!

This hike is deceiving, if you want to see a waterfall you have to go up an extra .7 ass kicking climb beyond the 2.2 miles in the app description. The app map has you going all that way so there measurement of miles is incorrect. At 2.2 there was a nice stream but nothing I would call a waterfall, may just be time of year as the water levels are low. We were happy we did it, but may have thought twice if we had a correct map or started earlier.

This hike was absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend it but I would try to go later in the day so that you can cool off while soaking in the hot springs. This was also a great hike for someone from out of state (Missouri) as it wasn’t too steep and felt as though I was hiking in Missouri (but better lol). We did see a lot of snakes while on this trail so be careful (but none were venomous). Also, the trail looks like it got washed away a little bit so be careful as it’s gravely and large washouts on the trail itself.
Trail: 5 stars
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Drive to trailhead: very easy paved road

Ok so it was great and I saw chipmunks, black squirrels, and A MOOSE! But once I got over 9,000 feet, I couldn’t breathe LOL. I grew up in Florida and lived there all my life, so I’m not used to high elevations and I couldn’t breathe worth a damn once we got to 9,000 feet. But it was cool! Would totally go again. Lots of sliding rocks though, be careful coming back down from hiking!!! It’s easy to twist an ankle or fall.

poorly marked and poorly built on the top going for the summit. from the summit be sure to pick the right trail because there are two trails going down. one leads dead end. I got lost on the wrong one. take a picture of the trail you took to reach the summit. climbing up on sand makes it especially difficult. be safe friends .

beautiful and worth the effort. Last leg is an ass kicker very satisfying!

The waterfall is beautiful and worth the trip.

Hiked it with my 2.5 year old and some friends it was amazing! A few sources of water along the way and peaceful.

Hiked this yesterday with my daughter. The climb out was pretty strenuous. But, well worth it. Very beautiful.

backpacking
10 days ago

Good hike if you are looking for a tougher alpine ascent. Trail is a rock garden and steep to red pine lake. We opted to continue on to upper red pine and stay the night as the .5mi further to upper from red pine lake weeds out a lot of other campers. We ended up choosing our own path up and down from upper red pine and choose to navigate the boulder field. It was a more direct route than using the pseudo trail in place and you really can’t miss locating upper red pine. Recommend bringing minimal water for the ascent to save on weight and just filtering more once at the lake for the return trip.

Great views! Steep in portions, but still worth it.

hiking
11 days ago

I loved this hike. We decided after hiking a lot of really tough, long hikes that we wanted something mellow. This is perfect. A sense of accomplishment without killing yourself. Started at 7 this morning and we were back to the car before 11(it took us a while because there was a cow(mama) moose and two calves right on the trail and we also got rained on and had to wait out the storm). There was a ton of wildlife and really pretty views. I would rate this as easy!

good hike, there is definitely a lot of stair climbing feel mentality to it getting up to the falls and then going up and Beyond to the Upper Falls just be prepared I'ts totally doable as long as you take your time and take plenty of breaks

hiking
12 days ago

Very nice trail. Elevation gains aren’t too bad. The hardest Park is coming back up through the switch backs in the fir forest right before you get to the lake. Beautiful views. The trail is actually 8.2 miles according to my gps, if that matters. Trail is clearly marked. Bring plenty of water/ sunscreen and hat if doing a day hike because there are large portions of the trail with no shade. Great/little hike! The gps took us to wrong place. Just follow Tony Grove rd all the way to the end. It was $7.00 to park.

Beautiful views and nice waterfalls, just the right hike for beginners.

We had the whole hike and lake to ourselves. It was beautiful

Love these hot springs. Especially beautiful in the fall. Avoid visiting them on a holiday though, if you enjoy solitude...way too many people visit the area on holidays to allow the outing to be enjoyable in my opinion.

hiking
15 days ago

9.3.18 - this is a pretty easy trail. I started it at 8:15am and the lots and side of the road were so full. but the time I came back down it was a circus on the trail. there were so many people it was like bestbuy and Walmart on black Friday. lots of crying kinds and college kids blasting the music. I'd say do this trail during the week, very early in the morning. you'll enjoy it so much better.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike. Two days ago went to White Pine Lake, yesterday to Red Pine Lake and today to the two smaller lakes above Red Pine which maybe are 'upper red pine lake' which was well worth the extra climbing, route finding and boulder hopping just for the views back down to Red Pine Lake... I'll post some of the photos. Trail condition definitely better to White Pine Lake with more switchbacks making it less stressful on knees and easier for less experienced hikers. Red Pine Lake and the area around it more scenic than White Pine and the hike to White Pine a better workout while also on a real 'trail' whereas trail to White Pine is closer to an old jeep trail in many areas... that's fine, just a difference. Plus we saw two moose on Red Pine Trail yesterday and I just missed another two cows today according to a hiker coming down.

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