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this trail is rated as moderate but it was pretty easy. it was nice and cool. The trail was surprisingly crowded, however you weren't nipping at one another's heels. It was BEAUTIFUL! At mile 2 the waterfall was amazing. Lots of dogs. Many off leash which was fine as my dog is well behaved.

so beautiful

easy trail. very enjoyable for a Saturday hike

hiking
24 days ago

When we got to about mile 3 someone moved the sign and sent us in the wrong direction. We were way off track on a very hot day. Needs better signs

hiking
25 days ago

Being that it was a Saturday in July I was expecting the park to be busy and it was, the main parking lot was full. I parked in the equestrian parking lot and walked the outer most trail. I didn’t meet anyone who was walking the trail and I met only 9 equestrians. Most of the trail is in the shade, perfect for a warm summer day.

backpacking
1 month ago

Went this weekend and did the full trip. Closer to 18 miles once account for for the hike to the campsites and back.

Extremely hot, coming back was more challenging than the first day. Partially because you’re sore. Partially because it’s up almost the whole way— albeit not as steep.

Biggest con is the forest area is extremely thick so there was zero breeze. Bugs were fine, but we did see snakes closer to the end of the trail. Also, it’s not quite bushwhacking level, but once you’re to the lesser travelled part it does become overgrown.

Would do again on a cooler weekend for sure.

horseback riding
1 month ago

Was out with horse group 6/23/18; walked my horse across bridge and it is so slick that neither of us could stand up mid-span. I was knocked off the bridge onto the rocks below. Be very careful whether you are hiking or bike riding, but horses, stay off the bridge! The tie area is across the bridge but don't do it, tie to the trees just before you get to the bridge and "skate" across. We were able to get my mare back across, yes she fell on the bridge, by putting dirt and gravel on it for traction. This bridge and the one around the corner, needs fall protection like the others have

I wouldn’t rate this as moderate. It’s a pretty easy jaunt with complimentary descends and ascends. Beautiful falls, although very little camping space. The road from the south is open. Fishing was great! Nothin like speckled trout for dinner

Awesome trail. I thought the elevation graph on the map was misleading. It's really a very gradual climb for the first 2 miles then a slight downhill or flat all the way in to the falls. Only met a few people on the trail. Long stretches of open sky so bring a hat and some sunscreen. We will definitely do this trail again.

walking
1 month ago

Not stroller friendly but a great outdoor adventure. Lots of places to just sit and enjoy the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice place for a relaxing walk.

The lower trail is a loop trail with boulders, rocks, roots and trees, so watch your footing. Start to the right once you hit the lake, it is well marked on this side. I started on the left side and there were no trail markings. Lots of bugs out today 6/19/19. The upper trail starts from the lower and ends at the campground. The upper trail is more of a workout. Mostly uphill.

Decent hike. It was nice that it wasn't overcrowded. I thought the views were better on the way out than in. The falls were nice; you can walk right up to the base and soak your feet in the shallow pool at the bottom. It was pretty brushy so gaiters would have been a good idea. Lots of wildflowers and butterflies.

Nice views and a good little work out

Loved this trail. Little difficult to get up to it, and make sure you take note of how to get back out! Trail is a little over grown with salmon berries but the trail is clear and easy to follow. Didn’t make it all the way to the waterfall so we will definitely be going back.

This was a fun trail to hike with the kids. The information about the length of the trail is wrong. The top/upper trail was 1.5 miles and the bottom trail is 1.5 miles. You have to do both trails to get a 3 mile hike in. The upper trail has hills up one side, then you flatten out and come down and around the other. The lower trail along the lake is fun and a beautiful hike. There are some spots where there are a lot of tree roots you can easily trip on if you aren’t paying attention. You also have to play limbo in some areas as well as climb over a tree. Our family will be doing. This again.

First of all you need a WA Discover Pass for parking.
It was a wet and rainy day, so I’m sure the views are great in clear weather.
Hiking is easy going, if you go when it’s wet, definitely have waterproof pants or at least gators.

The falls are tranquil, and not high volume but still a nice reward at the end of the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike. my very good friend Laura and I did this today the only complaint was we had a bunch of ticks on his because the trail is over grown in spots, and the other sad part is when you go over road and get back on the trial it ends on another road and there are no signs saying which way to go.
steep steep steep!!

Like previous posts, access to the trailhead is from the north. The first half of the trail is over grown with salmon berries and provided as a great snack along the way. The trail snakes to and from views of the creek far below with plenty of smaller water features along the way to the falls. Views of the falls are fantastic. Great hike!

Beautiful little loop. Walk not a hike. It is suitable for young children.

Trail had a few downed trees and the sign that is supposed to be at the fork is gone, but otherwise great hike.

trail running
2 months ago

What a fantastic trail for running. Soft pine needle covered trails with occasional views, single tracks, rolling hills, switch backs, little to no ankle rollers, and a waterfall at the end! The trail is well marked and in really good shape.

I will admit it was a bit eerie being the absolute ONLY one on the trail. Not a single other car in the lot and not a sign of of anybody else on the trail. This is now my favorite running trail in the few years I have been exploring.

Trail is a little overgrown but otherwise very accessible. There is no sign for Black Hole Falls. There are two wooden posts where a sign maybe once was at a junction. If you head straight, the trail will descend into the falls. If you go left, I believe it takes you to Mt Mitchell.

I rate 3 stars because it was so confusing I went on a low traffic day so I didn’t go too far I definitely would like to go back and do the whole hike though

You can still access this trail via the North. The South road entrance is blocked like people have mentioned, but we looped around Yale Lake and approached from the North without a problem. Beautiful hike and waterfall with several camp sites if you are looking to do an overnight.

the hike was great, minus all the clear cut. We seen minimal people and a few dogs. Hidden falls was great. Round trip, my Fitbit versa clocked 10.64 miles which is connected GPS, pretty accurate.

Hiked this over Memorial Day weekend and we only ran into 6 other groups, including one group on horseback. The clear-cut portions were very warm, even in May, so bring lots of water and sun-screen!

Quick easy trail. A good place to start hiking with your little ones. Plan a picnic and to play in the water. Fishing and Kayaking is allowed. They had rentals on the shore and you can camp there as well. All very clean and managed well.

An absolutely wonderful hike for the weekend warrior lovely views and not to difficult terrain.
Also I used this trail as the access to the MT Mitchel peak trail which made that hike longer but still very doable. I stayed the night on the trail and thoroughly enjoyed the whole time.

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