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Dropped off one star due to amount of people on this trail. Went with my gf, 10yr old daughter, crazy akita and our maltese mix, started at 9am so had relative solitude on way up but had to stop literally every few seconds on way down to let people by who were going up. We have experience in the high peaks and the cats so the degree of difficulty on this one was relatively easy for us but it would be understandable how it could be considered hard for a new-ish hiker due to the steepness of some of the scrambles. The length of time total for the roundtrip for us was just over an hour. The disappointment with amount of people clogging the trail did nothing to take away from how fun this trail was for us with the scrambles and how quick it was to get up to such a great view. The tower is in relatively great shape other than people having defaced the cabin table-map. I hope to get back to this one for either a sunrise or sunset hike.

Was a nice walk. We went up the north trail which was pretty mild overall and came back down the east trail. Great view from the fire tower, well worth the walk.

Great trail! I wouldn’t classify it as moderate closer to upper easy than moderate. However it was very beautiful the entire time! We started with the Rim Trail which merged into the Bear TrIl, then loops around the Lake and got back into the Gorge Trail. Took about 1 hour and 35 minutes or so. We had our dogs with us a long the way. There weren’t too many opportunities to let them off leash because of the occasional drops from the river or service roads but they still enjoyed their time.

hiking
2 days ago

short hike to reach the falls.

Well maintained trail. A little steep in spots if you have a young/older hiker. A quick walk with more than one great view of these impressive falls. Definitely recommend!

Beautiful View. Easy Hike! Make sure to park at Laurel House Road. Be very careful and stay on trails.

Overall a nice hike with fantastic views from the tower. The east trail is short, .6 of a mile, but not terribly steep. The north trail is slightly longer, 1.2 miles, but provides a much steeper climb. It’s sad to see the old caretakers cabin in such poor shape and covered with graffiti. The tower is in good shape. I also did the trail to Stewart and Indian Lakes, which was a nice time. A pleasant hike, and a nice workout!

nature trips
8 days ago

Peaceful, easy trail. Amazing water & woodland viewing.

Absolutely beautiful. Definitely more touristy then I thought but surprisingly didn’t effect my experience. We took a ton of great pictures

The gorge and 3 waterfalls are spectacular features of this trail. The trail however is often too close to the main park road and not well marked especially in those spots where you need guidance.

Great hike went with a few friends and my pup everyone loved it! Took a dip at the waterfall! Easy trail

Great and Easy hike! Beautiful waterfall :)

12 days ago

Amazing waterfall and great views! Nice place to cool of in the summertime.

Good hike. I did the lake trail first and then the mountain to the summit and fire tower.

Great views-big crowds-go early. Trail could be better marked to avoid trail widening and herd paths which are both prevalent.

Easy out and back to a beautiful waterfall.

WOW! the steps for buttermilk Falls up are pretty strenuous but definitely worth it. The whole gorge is made up of waterfall after waterfall cascades. I would say moderate/easy. I am four months pregnant and we were able to do the hike. We went a little slower than normal with some stops but it was absolutely do able. I did get stung by a yellow jacket so if you or someone your hiking with is allergic bring an epi pen.

A lovely hike that ended up being a little over 5 miles. Nicely maintained trails. A bit crowded in the beginning but it thins out eventually. The plethora of stairs provided a nice challenge.

Very nice hike! It is like a scene from Lord of the Rings.

Beautiful sites but I found the trail to short of a walk. Easy trail to follow.

walking
19 days ago

Such a beautiful fall! Really worth the trip

Great, short and moderate hike. The views are only seen from the fire tower and they are beautiful!

hiking
20 days ago

Great little hike with awesome views of the waterfalls.

It was mine and my wife’s first ADK summit! We took her parents and two of their friends (one which had double knee surgery three months ago) It was a challenging but still easy enough! Rocks can be slippery and the roots too. Watch your footing! There were multiple stops along the way which showed great views! The summit was really great over looking first, second and third lake! Fire tower was a nice addition to views! Watch your head going up onto the platform! I would recommend this for all ages and fur friends!

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful views and easy to hike. Definitely worth it!

hiking
20 days ago

Nice views and a cool swimming hole between two waterfalls!

Quick walk down to the base of this waterfall. Great view.

Gorge trail is a gorgeous one and must do!

hiking
21 days ago

This trail is short and easy to a pretty waterfall.

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