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Beautiful hike with awesome rock formations. We hiked this trail on a rainy day and the water sheds off the trail well. The trail is easy unless you want to venture into the rock formations which provide ample opportunity for climbing.

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21 days ago

Nice little trail. Can’t wait to see the waterfall in full force. Nice walk in the woods and a fun trail.

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23 days ago

Ugh. We really wanted to hike this trail but could not stay on the trail. Tried from both directions. Trees down blocking path. Not marked well at all.

Very short hike but awesome rock formations. Great for photo ops.

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1 month ago

Fun little loop trail. Hope to see the waterfall at full force one day but still a fun trail. The back part of the loop can get confusing. There’s a steep hill to climb or go down, depending on what way u r going. Had a great time!

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1 month ago

Very cool spot. The Trail itself was hard to find and not marked well but we made it around pretty well. High cliffs that can be wet so proceed with caution. Loved climbing up the rocks near the waterfall.

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1 month ago

Nice easy hike. Does take you to a awesome overlook. Has a small cave , big rock formations. You need to follow the blue blazes and sometimes it’s hard to know which way to go. Use your AllTrails recorder to help you stay on the right path. Saw a couple putting up their tent to camp which would be fun!

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such cool rock formations on this trail! definitely recommend if you haven't seen it before!

we do this trail all the time. its more moderate in my opinion. lots of variety of views. great option - not uber challenging so all can enjoy it, but still a good workout. in spring, the wildflowers are amazing. in winter, the frozen waterfall is gorgeous.

One of my favorite trails in the park.

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1 month ago

Beautiful scenery and great sunlight through the trees. Very peaceful. My dog enjoyed it too.

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1 month ago

Beautiful short trail. If you are a moderate to experienced hiker or are in good shape this is a good one. Lots of rocks and roots to keep your feet busy and pretty scenic views of the sand stone bluffs. There are a few significant climbs which make the hike super fun! This is NOT a buffed out trail. No wimps, no whining.

The natural bridge is nice for photos. It is really very scenic. There is not much of a hike, but you can explore under the bridge.

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2 months ago

Park doesn't acknowledge the trail even exists. Hard to find, unmaintained.

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2 months ago

Short hike to a small cave in the bluff. Simple but average.

Good pathways and very pretty area.

great trail for bouncing around on the rocks. beautiful creek

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3 months ago

Waterfall was in full swing when we went, but VERY slippery. Be safe!

It’s really fun, they’re all pretty easy around giant city, except for fat man squeeze. If you stop at the lodge they’re tell you where it’s at. I think they might be a picture of it up there, but there is a big crack in a rock wall you can try to squeeze through and it’s an entertaining thing to watch or try!

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3 months ago

No waterfall at all when we went, not even a trickle, so be sure to check before going. We tried to hike the trail but it was too difficult to climb over the rocks and fallen trees with our 2 older dogs. One actually slipped over the side while jumping over a crevice. Luckily his harness held him until we could pull him up. We had to turn around. Very disappointing.

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3 months ago

Make sure and do this one if you go to the Garden of the Gods.

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3 months ago

Camped there with our scout group. Good times!

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3 months ago

A good one to do in Giant City.

kids loved this natural wonder. watch for yellow jackets but otherwise a great time.

the biggest draw back to this trail is you wouldn't know it existed without this app. there isn't any signage anywhere in the park letting you know it is there. and when you do look at it, it looks like an old farm access. but once we found it, it was definitely worth it.

loved this place! lots of exploring and the kids loved it too!

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4 months ago

Nice trail but would of like to see some of the waterfalls, must be much better in early spring. Got to see deer and lots of mushrooms, lol. Would of liked to of gotten rid of the horsefly that decided to travel with me for the entire length of the trail and all the way back to the car.

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