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Great trail. It is quite rugged, but the views are worth it. We hiked it right after a snow so the falls were flowing beautifully. Would recommend having plenty of time to navigate the boulders and explore. Would definitely do again!

hiking
12 hours ago

Fun trail with great scenery. Leaves made it difficult to see the trail in a few places, but it was well marked, so we didn't have much trouble.

backpacking
14 days ago

Beautiful area with plenty of fall colors in early november. Bring accurate navigational aids, some of the way points we had were incorrect and caused some backtracking and head scratching. Lack of blazes are the biggest bummer of this trail, otherwise it was well maintained. Plenty of horse poop. Watch out for the ankle-roller gravel/rocks on the trail. Not much elevation change, could be done in one day if you pushed. We hiked 2.5mi in first night and camped, did 14.5 the next day in around 8 hours. Very enjoyable. Not the easiest trail navigationally, but if you're aware and prepared, you'll have a great time.

15 days ago

Beautiful fall hiking trail!

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful and challenging. Not blazed. 2 creek crossings.

We hiked this trail twice during the last week of October, 2018. The first day was a perfect sunny fall day. Two days later, we hiked on a cloudy day. On Monday, we saw 8 other hikers on the trail. On Wed, with a threat of rain, we didn’t see any other hikers. The fall colors were beautiful both days and the hike was very enjoyable. There are a few places that are pretty rocky, but other places with very few rocks. Most of the trail is fairly level, but there are a few easy hills and one hill that is pretty steep and rocky. You will likely be breathing hard as you climb that hill on the way back to the TH. Most people willing to hike almost 8 miles should be able to handle it OK. The tunnel is neat to see and walk through. I would advise taking a flashlight to help make your way through the tunnel, as there are some rocks that could trip you in the dark. There are several rock formations/bluffs and small holes/caves along the way to view and or explore also. We crossed several dry creek beds on this trail. If you hike this trail in early spring or after heavy rains, these creek beds might have water in them. We hiked in and out on the east loop, as I had read the west loop wasn’t as pretty or worthwhile. There were no bugs or ticks on our late Oct hike and only a few cobwebs. We did search a little while the first day trying to find the trail head. Drive to the spring, but don’t go over the bridge. Take the road that veers slightly to the left. From there it is a short distance to the TH. Great trail!

This is a must! Did first two miles with my dog counterclockwise. A few nice spots in canyon right away after paved trail. Took the brown cut off trail due to time which was about 2 miles in and cutoff was pretty short. Wasn’t sure if people were talking about mainly hiking through the canyon most of the way to see more or what, but that what it looked like when you first reach it. . But will start clockwise next time. Would be pretty to see water. But perfect time for the colored trees.

One of my favorite hikes so far! My husband and I hiked this today and enjoyed the cooler temperatures and for gorgeous fall foliage colors. The waterfall was fairly dry but still beautiful. Next time I would like to hike the additional 2 miles down and back to see the Devils Toll Gate.

backpacking
20 days ago

Great hike! Not much to say. Make sure you bring water treatment and that’s about it. Don’t step in horse poop is all I can say.

One of my favorite trails in the area!

We hiked late October, cool temperatures, beautiful skies and foliage. The natural granite formations, moss and lichen were amazing. To us, the hike was difficult; we found 80% of trail had rocks 4-12”; which made for difficult down hill hiking. The “mina” is a gradual down hill, for first half, then up hill hike for second half. We hiked with special needs son, and two dogs, in just under two hours. See photos.

backpacking
21 days ago

Wonder site. The white connector has two well done campsites that make it easy to set up camp and hike the other trails while still providing quick access, less than 30 minutes, to real bathrooms and your car if needed.

Really great trail! Easy to follow and the tunnel at the end is worth the hike.

Great view, make sure to go all the way through the tunnel!!

backpacking
26 days ago

Pretty vanilla trail. Not a lot of elevation change and not very challenging. Just a walk in the woods which is ok sometimes. Trail can be a little unclear so make sure you’re paying attention. I went in October and did not need to change shoes for any creek crossings. Saw a lot of mushrooms due to an abundance of rain leading up to my trip.

hiking
1 month ago

one of the best places to hike in the state. the pines are incredible

backpacking
1 month ago

it is definite go back to spot did a lot of ramming around i spent about 5 hours hiking to my camping spot for the night and after camp was up did lats of looking around was a excellent trail

Beautiful and quiet. Did all of North and South loop. Camped at campsite #3 which was very nice. The trail has great variety and is well marked and maintained. Some parts of South loop are little overgrown and you have push through the grasses but it never last for long. Would recommend and will return. Happy Hiking

hiking
1 month ago

Varied terrain, good shoes are advised. My son and I managed to complete the loop in just over an hour which is moving at a pretty good clip. The falls were mostly a trickle but still very pleased with the views along the trail.

Beautiful trail, but due to my stupidity got lost at the river crossing. Would never had been able to find the trail again without the help of a couple of riders. That being said, plenty of water, scenic views and great camping

backpacking
1 month ago

Trail is easy to see, for the most part, people seem to have taken the time to mark questionable paths. Rough and rocky in some areas, smooth and foresty in others. Limited water supply on the North loop, other than, the waterfall. Nice campsites along the route.
Paddy Creek campground is really nice if you are camping outside the trail.

Pretty hike! You have to go off the main trail if you really want to explore the canyons. We passed quite a few people and a few dogs.

First backpacking trip for me. It was challenging in some parts but the experience and views were well worth it. Stopped for the night at Camp 2 which was by a water source; it provided nice sounds to fall asleep to. Went out to see if I liked backpacking and this trail made me fall in love with it!

Cool trail. Falls were dry, but the scenery was great. Must have seen 50 tiny lizards scurrying about!

hiking
1 month ago

great trail with lots of twists and turns. Dog friendly, beautiful bluff views and interesting geology

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for hiking If motivated to finish. Only got half way with the wife and the dog due to the fact of so many ticks. The dog wasn’t to fond of them and ended up having to take her in to get tick medicine. But other than that a great scenic view.

backpacking
1 month ago

Kim and I completed the North loop 6+ miles in 2.5 hours with three short breaks for water and snacks. We are a 50 something couple who walk 4 miles a day minimum. We found the trail delightfully different; most of the trail was clear soft sand, pine needles, soil/leaves. About 1/5 of trail was rugged with larger stones (3-10”); would rate this area difficult, all other parts easy. Trail was well blazed; when we were confused, bam, a blazing! The variety is stunning and remarkable; tall pines, deciduous trees, grasses, wildflowers, creek beds, granite formations, scenic views. See photos.

This park is a gem!

wide diversity of flora + types of terrain. wouldn’t say it was a hard or difficult hike - perhaps moderate largely due a lot of vegetation or fallen trees coupled with narrow pathways at times. fairly quiet + unpeopled.

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