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The trail was uphill but not too strenuous and the falls were spectacular, cascading and dropping for 100+ feet (saw shortly after a good rain). Definitely avoid the other fork to the pond, we hiked maybe 4-5 miles on it before we decided to turn around - the trail was pretty poor and had to walk around fallen trees and bushwack brush fairly frequently.

great place to hike but it is closed for hunting from 1/12/19-1/31/19

hiking
18 days ago

I would give this more stars, but when we went in May the black flies were brutal. We ended up sprinting up and down the trail and didn't have much time to stand still and take in the views. The view was incredible and would like to have more time next time to take it in without the flies

Hiked 1/1/19. Muddy in the beginning, a few water crossings as it rained day before. Very much worth the view at the end though.

Excellent.

The falls are worth the otherwise average hike.

Lots of reviews talking about hearing large animals. those are Moose. I hiked up earlier today, there was about 8 inches of snow at the top, less at the bottom. There were moose tracks on the trail, lots of them, the last half mile to the top.

The trees at the top are probably the prettiest trees I've ever seen in the snow.

hiking
2 months ago

Snow and ice and open water, relatively easy with trax on boots

hiking
2 months ago

11/10/18 Nice hike, easy to follow, well marked trail. We went after a couple days of rain so it was pretty wet and muddy. By the time we got back to the parking lot our hiking shoes were soaked. Waterfall was worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

PLEASE WEAR WATERPROOF BOOTS!!! Due to all the rain a good quarter to half mile of the trail is under several inches of water and there is significant mud.

hiking
2 months ago

just hiked to the falls with our dog. he did great and the falls were incredible. a little mud, running and standing water on the trail. well worth it for the view.

trail running
2 months ago

Trail is well maintained and the entire section is very runnable, with a few water crossings to refresh your feet (nothing better than ice cold Vermont water).
Towards the bottom there is one very cool section under a canopy of evergreen trees with an almost level dirt path which makes for a quite scenic "trail road."
Path gets a bit rockier as you ascend a few switchbacks.
I went during a cold and rainy day so once I got high enough, the rain turned to snow, which added to the ambience.
When I got to the trail junction about 1.75 miles or so in, I read the sign as "falls" straight ahead and the other insignia as towards the right (descent). This was incorrect. The falls are actually down to the right.
Anyway, I kept climbing (toward Bourn pond) and this section of trail wasn't maintained.
It was very wet, muddy, single track and with tons of down / decaying trees blocking the path. This felt like more of a Bushwhack. I kept going about another half mile or so to a large stream crossing, which I incorrectly assumed was Lye Brook falls.
In actuality, I believe this was the higher section of rocky brook that feeds the falls below.
Regardless, next time I return, I'll make sure to turn right at the junction!

This was a great trail! our dog enjoyed the trail as well, we kept her close near the falls since we didn't trust her to stay out of the water. The trail was absolutely gorgeous. Its uphill the whole way to the falls, but the way back goes much faster

Great hiking area with various ecosystems to see.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike for the whole family. Steady incline. Went in early October, great for fall foliage. Very muddy and wet, wear waterproof shoes/boots. Good view at the top. Parents, children, and dog all had a great time.

Three large falls and many smaller falls. When the water is flowing through the gorge it is spectacular!

3 months ago

Very nice trail. A little rocky definitely moderately rated. My wife and I are amateur hikers and it took us about 3 hours round trip. Totally worth the view though!

Did the trail today hot and muggy for October
Leaves are changing. The falls had plenty water flowing and great hike was steep in the middle section
Popular trail being near Ithaca

Challenging in certain areas, especially with dogs. Hiking boots are highly recommend. Due to the terrain, very rocky, mostly uphill ascent and downhill decent, and combination of water crossings, felt rating was slightly underrated. The falls are spectacular and worth the challenge

This hike takes you to a really beautiful waterfall. It is rocky and you cross a few streams along the way. All were crossable but one was mildly challenging. I recommend for a nice short hike to a great view.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep and rocky, muddy at points. Heard a bigger animal and saw trees moving in the same area on the way up and back, hightailed it for a bit after that. Great hike overall.

Great hike, beautiful views along the way and at the top. Only took us 2.5 hours. Perfect views for fall foliage.

We’re new to hiking so this seemed slightly difficult at times. We had two children (7 and 13) who did great, however there were several sections that would have been a bit dicey with younger children. Lots of steep drop offs within inches of the trail. Very rocky uneven terrain. The end with the rock slide was anticlimactic due to the lack of micro climate that we had read about. We would do this again if the season was right.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike,but lots of rocks. Pretty falls, but probably a lot nicer after a good rain.

Great hike in my backyard. PLEASE DO NOT VENTURE OFF TRAIL! I’ve done way too many searches for lost hikers up here. Easy to follow trail markers

hiking
4 months ago

Moderate hike with no summit view at the top. The Vista / overlook is the rock face as the other reviewer (mj) said at 42.9134, -73.1555. This is more than a mile before you get to the summit and is right at the point where you first see the white rocks all over the place. The trail at the summit connects to two other trials that keep going. We followed the ridge trial about .2 miles and didn't find any other views. The trail is rerouted slightly at the beginning (which is well marked) so we ended up doing almost exactly 4 miles to the summit with elevation gain of just below 2000ft for the out and back. This should be changed on the trail info. 3 or maybe 4 steeper parts during the hike but relatively tame. A few stream crossings the pooch was able to drink from.

Good hike, 2nd half of ascent is a little tough, but the falls make it all worth it

hiking
4 months ago

Fun trail with great views. The trail starts asa meadow, with lots of flowers and pollinators to see. The view from the overlook is pretty amazing!

Nice hike! Not too strenuous, and with a great view at the end. Falls are better if it recently rained, but there would be more mud on the way there.

This was a long steady hike up hill we took a lot of short brakes on the blue trail, and coming back down we took the white trail seemed a bit easier. My knees were starting to really feel it so when we hit steep spots I would walk backwards and that saved me, a beautiful hike and we’ll try it again when there’s more water for the falls and many cascades. It will be a 5 star hike for sure. P.S. theirs a water crossing under the train trestle, and possibly more if theres wet weather we took our shoes off to cross.

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