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23 hours ago

I know that with most things, opinions are highly variable. Having got that "disclaimer"aside however, Booth Creek Falls has got to be in my top 5 BEAUTIFUL hikes, most especially if the Aspen are in their full glory. It is also in my top 5 most difficult hikes. The change in elevation is not the issue. The relief is. It is like working out on a "stair-master" for 3 hours (round trip). The increase in relief and elevation, in some places nearly 32% (if the AllTrails app is to be believed), is unrelenting and starts right at the beginning in a series of switch-backs and keeps on challenging you until you reach the falls. The last 1/8th mile is maybe the most difficult/steepest portion, though by this point your legs may be nearly spent (mine were) making it seem worse than it might be otherwise. The Aspen were pretty this year, but not at their best (we missed peak by 1 week I'v been told.) Also, as a working Geologist there is some interesting geology to be seen along the way. Finally, parking is a real problem, made worse by my hike being on a weekend. I've uploaded some photos and hope you appreciate them. Again, a GREAT but challenging hike.

Good views of Pine Valley Canyon and waterfall

Ammmmazing views. Got there around 8 and there were only 3 parking spots left. Definitely a little steep at first, but slow and steady and you’ll be fine.

I agree with a previous reviewer. An easily moderate trail for sure and I say more than easy only because of the stairs. Only recommendation I would give is to wait until beginning to mid October whenever the leaves start to turn and the trees aren’t grown up as much for the many overlooks. Overall I loved this trail and I didn’t even trek down to the falls.

Beautiful Trail! In mid September the leaves are changing and glow in the sunlight! at the end of the trail is a beautiful waterfall The parking is small and strict but if you park at the Park just west its with in walking distance.

Fun for all levels. Go during late fall or spring when water volume is higher.

hiking
4 days ago

Poorly maintained. Overgrown in spots and poorly marked. The beavers have left so no pond. Take a hint from the beavers and try another trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Did this hike this week on the way back from Utah. It was a last ditch effort after realizing that Hanging Lake is closed. The views are incredible especially now with the fall leaves. I would say the hike is definitely worth it. As others have said parking is a nightmare and I honestly have no other idea where there is overflow parking or where to pick up the shuttle. We got there on a Monday midday and still had to wait for a spot. Overall the hike was amazing, I would rate it as moderate and not difficult. Also if you have good boots/shoes you can venture further up the falls and find some more falls which are beautiful. Overall I would definitely do this hike again, next time to the lake!

Great hike in the fall! Parking is a nightmare... even on a Wednesday every spot was full. Sounded like there’s a shuttle service from town. Would have done 5 starts but trail head parking lot only had like 12 spaces.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful scenery and a variety of views! We are 50 and not seasoned hikers but in pretty good shape . Uphill on the way to the falls.. down hill coming back. Hard and steep at times but worth the views. Saw all ages on the trail. Took about 2.5 hours total which included time for lots of photos along the way.

This is a great short hike especially if you leave early in the morning work shaded on the Eastern slope.

Need to plan next time to stay here and maybe stay in one of the yurts. Only got to do the loop and one of the falls - Cherokee. So need to go back and do the other trails and falls.

I would not recommend this trail at all. It is very poorly maintained. Very overgrown and hard to get through the weeds. The "pond" was just a mud hole. Don't waste your time there are so many beautiful trails close by that this one isn't worth the effort.

hiking
8 days ago

This was an absolutely amazing hike. The leaves are changing so beautifully which made it so much more magical! It’s labeled as difficult but I would say it’s a medium-hard hike. There are some steep parts but for the most part it’s just an uphill climb with a great reward at the end! Very clean trail, but very well trafficked. I recommend getting to the trail before 8 am (or even earlier). We arrived at 8:40 am and were really glad we came early because the hike back was pretty busy. Also, only park in designated parking spots because you WILL get a ticket if you’re parked on the side or the road. Overall, despite it being a busy trail, it’s probably one of my favorite hikes! Enjoy!

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike, highly recommend

hiking
9 days ago

Love this trail! Amazing views up top and stunning waterfalls below!

Breathtaking views. Easy to follow trail. Will definitely hike again. Hikes 9/18.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail. Lots of photo ops. Went when aspens were turning colors. Nothing like it. Difficult trail, though. Take plenty of water.

12 days ago

Did the trail last month! It was amazing scenery all the way.

Hiked this morning 9/11/18
A good hike up, enjoyed the scenery and took pictures. I would consider this a moderate and not hard trail compared to some other ones. We had great weather this morning, cool and some sun at time. Water is really low, therefore the fall is very small.

Hiked 9/9/18. The leaves are turning colors and it’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! The water is low so you are able to walk on top of the waterfall and take pics on the edge of the drop off! Good workout! We clocked 5.8miles which is longer than what All Trails has as the distance. Definitely a great summer and fall hike!

hiking
15 days ago

Fantastic hike if you are looking for an afternoon or morning hike in Big Bend. There is an excellent view just a mile up or so at a saddle if you are in a big hurry, but the view from the top is even better. The hike starts with a light to moderate incline through pinyon pine forest before climbing some steeper switchbacks towards the end. In early March, temperatures were in the mid 70s with low humidity. It can get breezy since you are in a mountain gap however, so be prepared.

Very beautiful but WARNING! Very very very limited parking. And the vail police will give you an expensive ticket if you park ANYWHERE other than that small parking lot beside the trail... even if there is no sign saying not to... not that I am bitter or anything. But the trail itself is beautiful. A bit longer than you think though.

Nice hike! I added the waterfalls at the end of the loop. Those stairs are a workout! Definitely would return.

Great trail!

hiking
18 days ago

Fantastic hike through the forested north side of casa grande. The guide said you only need to hike about a mile to get one of the best views in the park and I couldnt agree more. Ended up going all the way to the top and enjoyed the rest of the hike but the views didnt get much better since some rain showers and fog made visibility drop considerably. Took about 3 hours round trip. 2 hours up and 1 hour to come down. My GPS showed the distance as 5 miles total

hiking
22 days ago

What a great trail and stunning scenery along the way! Perfect mix of beautiful meadows with creeks and shaded areas full of aspen trees. We made it to the falls in an hour (including number of stops for pictures). After the falls we continued towards the lake. The number of hikers was reduced drastically as the majority stop at the falls. Overall, one of the most scenic hikes we completed. Highly recommend!!

has 4 bridges that are aging, grown up, need stick or something to beat thru the trail, made it to the look out at the pond it was grown up..not well maintained at all. does have a few benches if you can get thru to them.

very grown up with brush. trail markers are faded badly. had to beat brush back a some places in the tail. pond was all grown up with trees and brush. only about a five foot view of the pond. not a maintained trail

Absolutely beautiful hike. Well trafficked, so start early to avoid the crowds. Challenging climb at beginning and end, with relatively mild mid-portion. Great views of the aspens and wildflowers. Falls are beautiful but have limited views to really appreciate them in full.

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