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hiking
1 day ago

Hardest hike done so far, but well worth it!

Started the "trail" by Welch's Overlook and hiked down toward the river. Beware: THIS IS NOT A LOOP! Nor is it a real trail... it's an abandoned gravel road in extremely bad shape. Deep ruts and loose gravel along the steepest sections make things challenging, not moderate. The trail effectively ends at the river because the rest is either totally overgrown or washed out...it was hard to tell which. (Met a local on our way back who said it hasn't been a loop in years.) Also, either Amber's Den is along the inaccessible part or it's gone. Never saw it. On the positive side, the calm water made for a great place to swim and cool off. Overall the lack of scenery meant it wasn't worth the energy.

hiking
2 days ago

Loved this hike! There is beauty everywhere you look! Me and my friend completed this hike in one day. If I was ever doing it again, I would do it as a overnight trip. It is a hard hike. We thought it was harder getting down to the falls instead of back up. We did all the side trails Sheep’s Cave, Martha’s Pretty Point, we took the trail to top of virgin falls to see the cave. Very nice and a good place to cool yourself off! Wish we would have had more time to hang up a hammock and relax but had to make it out before dark. Our record time from AllTrails was 9:33 hours to complete. We did eat lunch and sit down at the falls and explore some! AllTrails clocked us at 13.9 miles not sure if that is correct or not my garmin watch said 12.8 miles so not sure which is right. It is so beautiful and worth the hike! Start really early if your not camping overnight!

Enjoyed the loop trail. Plenty to see and explore. Love the educational boards. Will be doing this again with the family.

My 58yr old heavy set mother hiked to the overlook with no problem. I hiked to the base of the waterfall with my 2yr old niece and went swimming. The hike down was fairly easy, just watch your footing with tree roots and loose rocks. To cross the river we went up river to where it was only 2 feet to cross. You follow the river to get to the base. There are life jackets of all sizes for anyone to wear at the base. Amazing idea for people who can’t swim or have trouble. I put my niece in the children’s one and we swam for about 20min. I’d rate the hike down as a 1.5 and the hike up a 2.3 there’s some stairs and like 3 switch backs. The hike to the overlook is really easy that would be a 1. Overall an AMAZING hike! If you have bad ankles or knees it would be doable but would take you some time. If you are a moderate hiker this is a breeze.

Very easy hike to the overlook. The trail down to the base of the Falls was closed due to flood unfortunately, but other than that is was an awesome little hike. I hiked this with my 2yr old niece and 58yr old heavy set mother. She was able to due this hike fairly easily. Only part she had to go slow was the staircase which is about 40 stairs. Without going down to the base the whole loop is less than a mile.

hiking
6 days ago

Very easy to get to the overlook, but be prepared for climbing and water passes throughout to get to the base of the falls. Extremely crowded, but beautiful!

We had a great hike and gave our adult children all they wanted in a day hike. Beautiful scenery and amazing trails. Well worth the climb.

hiking
6 days ago

I Definitely felt accomplished after this. We even saw a black bear!

hiking
8 days ago

Great little hike. Fun time in the Blue hole.
Always a lot of people there.
Wear wet shoes. The Camp store sells them.
Great place on the weekdays when school is back in. Too busy for me otherwise. It is a great hike for the whole family.

Absolutely spectacular. Definitely worth the climb. The drive up to trail head was a little adventure as the road has many holes and is not well kept.

This was an incredible hike. 8 Miles round trip. The most incredible view of a great ecosystem and God's creation. Waterfalls all the way up the canyon and then finally the big waterfall at the end of the trail. the first mile and a half is relatively easy. The second two and a half miles are difficult. it's a real workout going up but it is worth it.

A must do!!!!!

hiking
12 days ago

beautiful trail. well marked and awesome views. I'd like to go back in the fall when the leaves change

Difficult but worth it

An awesome trail! Put my 2 yo in the Tula, 5 year old walked. Was a little bit too much for 5 year old. As we got closer to the end on the way back, she got whiney from being tired. Tons of places to stop and rest. One of my fav hikes ever!

hiking
14 days ago

Decent trail. Nothing particularly special. Some parts are marked really well, some are not. Ungodly amount of spider webs that you have to walk into. Would definitely do this in the fall so it’s less humid and “buggy” next time.

Definitely worth the 2.5 hour drive

We started really late so we only went to the overlook. The Ranger was awesome and super informative about time and distance. Loved the trail and rain. Apparently it rains often there. The trail is rated as hard, but up to the overlook it’s not difficult. The ascent up I guess is why it’s rated that way. Going to take another trip and go to the falls next time.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful trail! There are parts that are very steep, and difficult. One of the best trails I have ever done.

amazing views

hiking
17 days ago

Before I write my review, I want to provide quick context. I am a 29 year old Male in good physical condition I hiked this trial with my 27 year old Fiancee' on our Labor Day weekend vacation.

This was such a great experience. Neither one of us are regular hikers and underestimated the word "Strenuous" . The Ramsey Cascade Trail is no joke, the 4 mile each way journey feels much more than that as the ground is often rocky and un even. Yes, you will be hiking mostly (85%) uphill for the first part of the hike.

There is something that happens about 3/4 through the first leg, you start to wonder "Are we there yet? as your legs and feet start feel the terrains effects. You will see other hikers on the way back offering encouraging words that it's worth it, and that you are almost there. The almost there part is funny because its true, but that last mile is probably the hardest part. It gets very steep and rocky right before you reach the falls.

It is a great experience once you do get there as you feel such a sense of accomplishment. Sitting there with your fellow hikers gives a nice sense of community. We enjoy the moment and rest before desending downward.

The downward journey is much easier by comparison, but still long. The scenery is beatuiful of course and the feeling of accomplishment when you reach the end is wonderful. I am still buzzing from it and excited for more challenging hikes like this.

Don't make the mistakes we did by not bringing any snacks! Also, a big thank you to the kind lady and group who provided us with ice cold water from their bag. Life Savers!

In Summary: Challenging, Beautiful, and Worth It. Remembers its the journey, not the destination

This trail seems more challenging than difficult. I've hiked a few times this year, but that's the longest trail I've hiked. The falls were rewarding to see.

Easy trail. Suspension bridge is located here. If you go down and around after the bridge, cross the water again, and go through the woods a bit, you can get to the top of the falls.

wish some of it was open but floods and age have made part of the trail un accessible. But all in all it was a pretty hike and fairly easy todo.

This would be an awesome trail but it is dire need of some clearing and if there is a detour it should be more clearly marked. At the very least there should be some warning about the detours when you check in. If the government can demolish a 300+ room hotel and rebuild it then a little funding for trail maintenance should be a no brainer. Mile markers would also be very helpful.

camping
18 days ago

Please take their advice and wear appropriate shoes! Flip flops aren’t going to cut it. Very short trail to the falls then about 1/4-1/2 mile back upstream to the falls and swimming. You will be scrambling over rocks and some are slippery. We were a group of 5 with varying levels of comfort but everyone enjoyed the swimming and the scenery.

hiking
18 days ago

The falls are truly beautiful, and the trail is clear and well marked. But it is rocky, wet, and steep in some areas - so definitely bring appropriate footwear. Unfortunately, the park is too crowded, and the heavy foot traffic made some parts of the trail (mostly the descent/ascent to/from the stream) really unsafe. Moreover, the trail leading down to the stream as well as the banks of it were full of trash. I’m fairly disappointed with the management of this natural resource. If you’re looking for a pristine hike, this is not it.

Many trees are down across the trail,approx.30 or so.Overall a great trail, Need to be in great shape,and have plenty of time... Enjoy!

Made a day hike out of this loop. Took clockwise route beginning with big creek gulf trail out of stone door. Views around the cliffs at stone door are some of the best around. Descent into the gulf was fairly technical at times with some large boulder scrambling, not too difficult though due to the short length. Added ranger falls trail at the base, nice lunch spot and good water source (worth it). Ascent out of the gulf up to the rim was a steady climb with a few steeper switchbacks and had fair share of lose rock, but again like the descent it is a fairly short run to the top. Made quick time of the flat and easy rim trail. Several nice lookout pointe along the way similar to those around stone door with similar views. Did this trail in 5 hours, plenty of time spent taking pics at bluffs and hanging by the waterfall. Water sources were available throughout most of gulf trail. Could see making this an overnight trip if adding greater falls or connector to Collins section. My fitbit clocked this trail a little over 11 miles, park map has it at around 10 (including ranger falls trail)Happy Trails

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