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Attempted to make it to Upper Lena this past Saturday (1/19/2019) but had to turn back due to snow up to my waist (I’m 5’10”) and a snowstorm. Two really big blow downs soon after starting the trail to Upper Lena. Still a great hike and looking forward to eventually making it to Upper Lena.

hiking
1 day ago

God was this hard! Hiked it with my 20 year old son who said he’d love to do it as a race... Not me man! It felt good, at 50, to get to the top. Going up the ropes with my child was a nonstarter. We’re going to do it again and MAYBE I’ll try the ropes...I dunno. I say that now, from my office chair in Jersey.

I went two days ago with some friends. The hike was great! It was a little muddy, but nothing too bad.

took my cousin and daughter here a couple years back during a pretty nasty storm, excellent climb up, exhilarating summit!

I did this hike w my 11 yo son and it was just enough. The views at the beach are spectacular! Very easy except for the last descent to the beach where one has to use the traction assistance of a rope due to erosion and mud. Added just enough excitement for my son. We found this trail while visiting during the NPS shutdown and glad we did.

Unreal. Easy access, fun hike. Feels like summer in mid January.

Pretty steep decline right off the bat. Features an awesome waterfall and lake. The way back kicks your butt!

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome view. Definitely worth the steep climb and ropes to get to the top.

9 days ago

beautiful

Easy and beautiful. The trail was a little wet but nothing hazardous unless you’re climbing down to see the falls up close. The drive to the trail is a little iffy, only because there are so many huge potholes everywhere. Easy hike, will do again soon!

Attempted upper lena today. The snow line started around the first creek crossing and we were postholing for a while and decided to turn around.

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Great trail! The weather was gorgeous and the trail was pretty intense! We packed snowshoes, but gators and mini spikes worked perfect! Part way up we hit snow and lots of it! Toward the top we put on our snowshoes but that wasn’t out of necessity.

I’ve hiked this trail several times throughout the year. The trail is in good condition and easy to follow. There are a few inches of snow at the top but it’s still safe to scramble the shoulder for the view.

Avoid the upper goat path. I is thick enough to be a hazard but to thin to work with just under 1/4”. Fall protection gear is highly recommended. For above the continuation.

Hiked January 8, 2019

Loved it!

Loved this hike. It tested not only my physical strength but also mental strength. beautiful views and worth the rope climb to the top!

walking
19 days ago

Be prepared to get wet if you go in the winter! The falls were incredible. It was a very easy hike and took us about an hour to get there, take in the falls and relax a bit, and get back to our car. Some tourists in running shoes and umbrellas managed it just fine, too!

An absolutely gorgeous beach with lots of driftwood, rock features and a pebble beach that grades into sand towards the water. Easy access and definitely worth the trip. I visited on December 24th and it was chilly and fairly busy around sunset but what a gorgeous sunset.

hiking
20 days ago

What a gorgeous hike. I hiked this on December 24th and you begin in a lush forest even during winter, there is a lot of green and a lot of huge trees. I didn’t encounter any snow but there was snow present on slopes further up past the trail. It definitely deserves the hard rating if hiked all the way to the top. If stopping at the first viewpoint it may be a moderate. There is a lot of elevation gain quick. The last part after the end of the maintained trail is a little sketchy, some ropes are there to help up but I wouldn’t place all your weight on them. The view from the top is definitely worth it.

I visited this trail on December 24th and it was nice and clear. I went early in the morning and didn’t encounter anyone else. It is very short and paved, more of a sidewalk than a trail. The waterfall itself is pretty, especially for how easy it is to access.

Damn I loved this hike. One of my top 3 for 2018, along with Angel’s Landing in Zion and Old Rag in Shenandoah. If you feel confident in your balance and climbing skills, you need to go all the way to the top. If not, I wouldn’t risk it. Once you go past the end-of-maintained-trail sign, things get pretty hairy ... and fun. The ropes are fine for balance, but I wouldn’t trust them with full body weight. Another reviewer said one snapped. Take a pair of heavy gloves, even if it’s hot, for navigating the rocks at the top, and especially on the way down from the peak. I took a couple long breaks and several short ones on the way up. It’s a great workout. This is a bucket list hike for me.

This was my First Hike Ever! Absolutely Gorgeous! Fell in Love with hiking to the point I decided to permanently moving to Washington. The path is spectacular with a variety of of stone paths and wooden stairs. Wooden bridge is a bit narrow only one direction of traffic at a time.

hiking
23 days ago

This was wonderful, but it’s definitely mislabeled as easy. If you’re just going up to Hole in the Wall, it is easy, but if you’re going much farther north, it’s probably best characterized as hard by AT standards. Gets harder as you go. Not much cardio or elevation, but there are significant stretches of large rocks, some of which can be wet, slippery, jagged etc. Lots of potential to slip and fall or mess up your ankle. Wear a stiff boot or hiking shoe with good ankle support and grip. If you’re doing the whole trail/beach, leave early and clear out a good chunk of your day. The rocks *really* slow you down and you need to focus on every step at parts. And obviously watch the tide... I think I read that it can seal you off if it comes in behind you? I left as it was fairly high and falling.

I did most of the trail, but turned back a couple miles before the end. Just got hungry. Loved it though. Highly recommend. Would be a great overnight camping trip.

Oh, be prepared to roll up your pants and go through the small creek barefoot, or just head on through, but there’s no way past it without getting wet that I could see. I was in over my knees. It was a lot lower on the way back.

Graveled path for most of the way and beautiful forest.

Breathe taking views, especially at the sunset, late December trail was messy and slippery

I’m a rookie at trails and enjoyed this.

Very easy trail that meanders along a river and a smaller stream. Last few hundred feet to the waterfall are very steep and require a climb up a few dozen stairs. However, the end experience is well worth the effort.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike! Conditions last week of December were good. A few muddy spots. A few down trees, but nothing serious. There was a little snow at the top, but none on the trail.

The climb starts off very steep. If you have a hard time at the start, expect the same difficulty for the duration of the climb. I would say the last .5 miles is a pretty narrow trail and probably isn’t the best for people with a fear of heights. It also gets a little steep, I would call it a scramble. There are fixed ropes in place but note these aren’t the best ropes. One broke on someone in front of me on the way down. Overall, I would say this a difficult hike. Proper gear, water, and snacks should be used.

So pretty! Parking gets full pretty fast, people like to camp on the beach overnight (me, too!). Easy walk in. Stairs built in. Climbing the driftwood to the beach is the most difficult part, and I spotted a snake here (:
Cool tidepools along the beach with a little cave at the end if you walk the whole thing! Sleeping here you get an eerie noise of wind blowing through the keyholes of the rock formations in the water. Very cool. Windy. Bring fire supplies! Enjoy!

hiking
30 days ago

I have hiked this several times. Great little trail to bring kids on! My four year old mad it up this last summer with some hand-holding and assistance in narrow areas (we stayed up at the lookout and didn't descend to the falls). Last summer my 9 year old made it just fine and we did go down and dip our feet in on a hot day. Very pretty. Just don't be like me and fall in trying to get a photo....the water stays cold! (:
In the summer the lot can get full, but I've never had too much of an issue finding a place to park. Short, but sweet.

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