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Wow, loved hiking this trail! It’s actually 5 miles round trip and a 1,200 foot elevation gain, but a moderately difficult hike indeed. It’s starts off at a moderate incline through the cedar tree meadows and then works its’ way up with several switchbacks to the stop. Several bugs on the first half mile or so through the meadows so bring bug spray! They start to thin out as you get higher up on the mountain. It’s about 35% shaded.

I went in early October and there was a nice breeze, so I stayed nice and cool. Lots of wildlife! I saw deer, lizards, marmots, and birds. A few spots of greenery at the top during the fall. The view at be top is amazing! You’ll see the mountains and all of the Cedar Groves! Going back down can be slippery due to the sand, so wear sturdy shoes and watch your step. Also a ton of fallen trees you’ll have to climb over. Otherwise, a gorgeous hike!

Awesome hike and the view is well worth the effort!!

hiking
3 months ago

I’ve hiked this trail several times and love the scenery and views. It can be challenging though, with an aggressive grade, unpredictable afternoon rain showers and at certain times, heavy mosquito hatches that can eat you up. The cross country trek to Grouse Lake is especially worth the trip particularly if you enjoy fly fishing.

Right off we see a large bear with a deer going the opposite direction. Some insects, easy short walk.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was really fun, but definitely a challenge! You're quickly rewarded with the cascades at the very beginning and then it's a long way to the top! The streams and change of terrain along the way make the hike interesting. Ran into some gnats in some parts of the trail. I did not go all they way up to the lookout, but did make it to the summit meadow. The trail to the lookout is really non-existent once you get to that point. I definitely want to do the hike again, but start a bit earlier to leave plenty of time to enjoy the top. (I started the hike at noon and reached the bottom at 4:30.) It is really neat to think of the history of this particular path into the canyon while hiking along!

Beautiful trail in the gorge by the river. No wildlife sitings, but fun nonetheless!

hiking
4 months ago

Park in small lot for Grizzly Falls. This is an easy hike which you can make as difficult as you want by going uphill from Falls, not sure what is up there. There was no wind so it was going to get hot there in afternoon. This is a great hike to start out your day to see some falls, or after a long hike to stretch out before the ride out of the canyon.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFO02nxPdM4-CabegFIPlow?view_as=subscriber

hiking
4 months ago

You are ascending the whole way up. Make sure to save energy to make it up to the look out, difficult to fin the trail when you reach the top.

Loved our hike! Perfect temperature and not too busy. Clearly marked and very easy hike. Huge issue with mosquitoes and flies at the trailhead and continued along the hike

4 months ago

Nice place for a picnic. Not really a hike though.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short hike. Little elevation. Saw three rattle snakes by the boardwalk in Zumwalt Meadows.

Roaring River Falls in Late August does not have a lot of water but still pretty during Golden hour.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this as a day hike in about 10 hours. I was hurtin pretty bad for the last few miles but it was so worth it. Saw a bear and about 6 deer. Bring a head net for the bugs or you will be sorry. I would love to come back and camp at low or middle paradise valley. My favorite part was the view down the canyon looking at the Sphinx. What a beautiful and amazing trail. This was an experience I’ll never forget.

walking
4 months ago

Not really a hike but a short walk, worth stopping by!

Very easy and beautiful hike! Great views from the meadows up at the canyon. I hiked in the meadow and did some scrambling on the big rocks above the river. Would definitely go back again!

Like others have said, it is a hot, sunny, steep hike, but the view at the overlook makes it worth it. After I got to the overlook I decided to do the whole loop by connecting with the Lewis trail and then back. It was challenging but good if you're up for the distance! I only saw two other hikers the whole time. The eight mile loop took me three hours to complete.

hiking
5 months ago

Split this hike up into a two day event. Started late at 9am after getting a walk up wilderness permit at the Roads End station. Be sure to check the weather around this time of year, during our trip we ended up getting caught in two storms. Almost all of the trail is uphill and can start to drag on you if you’re not it shape or used to higher altitudes. The views are spectacular, especially after Upper Meadows, in my opinion. There is plenty of water, just be sure to bring a filter or steri-pen. If you have the time visit Grouse Lake, just be aware of sunburns at the higher altitudes.

5 months ago

Great waterfall - not really a hike though and tons of touristas. Said better - if 100ft walk is your definition of a hike, you need to get out more!

This place is beautiful and peaceful! It starts off at a waterfall. Looks a little to dangerous to get in. There are lots of nats and mosquitos since you’re walking along a pretty little river but, my bug spray from Walmart worked just fine. I fell in love with the meadow , there’s a wood walkway that takes you through it. We recorded 6.8 miles because we walked the whole thing and went around a extra loop at the end(by accident). My son is 9, it was his first hike and he did very well! This place is definitely a must see. (Also someone stole my go-pro from the bridge please return it

Wonderful trail. Day hiked to lower paradise valley and back with my sister. First half is pretty mild but after mist falls it’s pretty much uphill in the sun with switch backs. You get an amazing view of tumbling water the whole way, beautiful deep green pools surrounded by a relentlessly torrential river. Stopped at the Bailey bridge on the way back to roads end for a awesome swim in a deep green pool and some crazy English kids were jumping from the bridge and the rock! Note that the smoke from the Ferguson fire was noticeable (did the hike Friday 8/3) so things were a little hazy

hiking
5 months ago

Not much of a hike, or even a walk to be quite honest, but the waterfalls are pretty and definitely worth stopping for if you happen to be driving by.

hiking
5 months ago

Started about 3pm, made it to Upper Tent Meadow a bit before dark - glad we didn't try to make it to the top, it is steep! We had good conditions, but it is clear this trail can be incredibly hot and dry. Upper Tent Meadow has spots for only three or four 1-2 person tents - there is nowhere flat to setup larger tents.

Camped the next night at an incredible site on the ridge just above the tarn just below Grouse Lake. Highly recommended - and, like Upper Tent Meadows, limited to just three 1-2 person tents.

Such a beautiful hike surrounded by towering granite walls and the sound of the river accompanying us along the way. Very easy walk although we recorded 4.9 miles and 387 ft of elevation. A minor negative were the gnats that seemed immune to bug spray. Highly recommend this hike that all fitness levels can enjoy. 8/4/2018

5 months ago

nice spot to eat lunch and enjoy a waterfall even into August. you can see the falls from the parking lot. so, not a hike but a great opportunity to get up close and feel the mist coming off the falls.

Great hike! Started from the Road's End Trailhead and initially only wanted to go to Mist Falls, but my friends and I were feeling ambitious and made our way to Lower Paradise Valley. Like others have mentioned, there's certain sections of the hike where there is no shade and the sun just beats you down. Also, there's mosquitos early on the hike when you start hiking along the river. Besides that, the hike was amazing! Pretty minor elevation gain to Mist Falls, but the hike to Lower Paradise is more steep and rocky. Mist Falls Trail was amazing to see and you can go off trail and get closer to the falls. Lower Paradise Valley has a different feel that Mist Falls and a lot more calm. The valley is a great place to filter water especially if you plan to head back to the Road's End Trailhead.

This is a very steep and very hot hike, but it gets you right on the ridge of the canyon for one of the best overlooks in the area! It's not very long so should only take a few hours, but is definitely a MODERATE hike, not an easy one! It's extremely steep and is essentially steep switchbacks the entire way up!

So easy and so spectacular! Wildlife is very present here so be careful. Definitely a must see when the sun is rising or setting though.

backpacking
6 months ago

Bears

easy and beautiful!! lots of mosquitos around sun set!! Bring mosquito spray cause we got ate up! Flat hike around the Meadow... great for kids and elderly.

backpacking
6 months ago

Definitely tougher than expected. We backpacked in from Road's End, along Bubb's Creek, up the switchbacks, and then camped at Junction Meadow. The switchbacks are tough, but the trail gradually climbs for another 6 miles or so afterward.

There is pretty much access to water along the whole trail.

Saw a rattlesnake about 6 miles in, which confirms what an earlier reviewer said.

Lots of mosquitos and flies, we saw several people with bug nets over their faces.

The switchbacks are very scenic, afterwards is still beautiful but not as scenic.

There are bear boxes at many of the campsites.

There are several creek crossings, as of June 2018 the creek crossings were all manageable.

backpacking
6 months ago

Can’t give nature less than 5 stars! Super pretty! But as the last reviewer mentioned, not « panoramic » past the switchback. Still totally gorgeous, with lots of changes in scenery throughout. The creek is loud!! And the water is incredibly pristine. But bring the bug repellent! Also, this hike to Junction Meadows is a butt kicker: the switchback is toughest, but it keeps going up after that too. Not as steep, but it goes up very consistently. Possible rattlesnake den at about 6 miles? A hiker saw one hours before we did. Found a beautiful camping spot before Junction M to camp that had its own little beach. Wish we had time to make it to East Lake! Would have loved a 2 nighter here (and a fishing pole!! Saw 2 beautiful trouts at our spot). Overall a kick butt adventure we loved for an overnight walk up. -Do note the last reviewer’s comment about the first creek crossing.

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