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Scenic hike along the river with good opportunities to see wildlife.

4h up, 3h down. Well kept trail up to chicken out ridge. Not a tough scramble, only 1 section where a fall would be disastrous but totally doable keeping 3 points of contact and taking your time. the snow bridge was almost gone with only a small area requiring you to walk on snow. Following the flattish section the trail becomes hard to follow with very few cairns. This is the most dangerous section as footing is very loose with danger of rock fall. Stick to the ridge crest on your right for a much safer and fun route. This will require some easy bouldering. Enjoy the summit, there is still an American flag there to hoist.

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike! Fairly steep but great views at the top and through out the hike.

Easy trail for sure. Good portion of it shaded. Great for kids or for trail running. Well marked trail with nice views. Good place to take out of Townes not used to the elevation.

This was a great 5.5 miles venture, 2.3 miles was the upper loop. There was a couple other out and back trails, not included in the 5.5 miles. Took two moderately active people an hour and 45 minutes. Saw a coyote.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful trail! Steep hike but the lake at the end and views throughout make it totally worth it.

Nice easy trail. The river is fairly calm this stretch, and the trail offers overlooks and a few areas of river access. I only saw one other person on the trail, but parts of it skirt around a campground so there was a lot of noise and generator smells for that section. The rest the hike was very pleasant and easy. Good for walking, running, or biking.

Great easy trail with scenic views. Some nice shade along the way

Great trail, very scenic. The service road going to the top nearly killed me

easy, flat trail in mostly shaded forest with beautiful wildflowers and river views.

Left before five am, went straight up , (should of went slower). The view s are great. And spectacular from the summit! I rested there for 45 minutes then came down. It’s too easy to get lost coming down. While going up the summit is always in site, down is convoluted and can be threatening. Knees hurt some coming down but I was in my truck by three pm

I would rate this more on the easy side -a pleasant walk. Nice views from the top.

hiking
24 days ago

7/14/2018 Amazing hike! It took us, a group of 9, 11hrs and 23 minutes with plenty of breaks along the way. The total length was around 9.7 miles. Tons of mosquitoes so bring plenty of bug spray. The snow bridge was a little sketchy but totally doable. Bring trekking poles and knee braces if you like your knees.

Used the trail to go trout fishing in the Box Canyon. The trail is a very beautiful trail and for parts of it follows the top of the canyon along the escarpment. Descending to the river can be tricky at times because of a steep inclines. It’s a beautiful stretch of river and a beautiful trail.

Don’t leave the trail without checking at the trail head where the Buffalo River joins the Henry’s Fork — there are two dams - one for The Buffalo and the Other for Henry’s Fork.

off road driving
26 days ago

I have driven this my entire life, I always enjoyed it and the nature and the river.

walking
26 days ago

Normally I hate these kinds of "trails" however, the forest service did a great job to make you still feel like you're in nature and not just walking on a boardwalk. Plus, the wonderful waterfall is a bonus.

This is a great hike with beautiful scenery and plenty of covverage to keep you out of the sun for most of the trail. There are plenty of spots to camp between Lower and Upper Palisades with a few between Upper Palisades Lake and Waterfall Canyon.

gr8 wild flowers at top

Beautiful walk. Easy, covered trail that runs by a lazy river that is trafficked by fisherman and river rafters. Two thirds in, there’s a waterfall across the river and a great spot to take a break and picnic. Bring bear spray and a camera. Gorgeous!

One of my favorite hikes! This morning I trekked up Spruce Mountain, then down the steep, rocky service road to the Greenland Trail. Doing this nice 5-6 mile loop allows you such varied terrain: stunning overlooks from up high down through serene scrub oak and pine forest to beautiful prairie and meadows below. Lovely!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful little hike, about 5.5 miles. Went today at about 8 AM and there was very little traffic on the trail. Came down about 1030 and there was a few more people coming up but not crowded at all. Horses, bikes, and hikers all had plenty of room from what I saw. I felt the trail itself was easy, but for those who aren't experienced the first 1.5 miles could probably be a little more tiring.

hiking
1 month ago

7/11/2018 Tough hike. About seven miles RT and the guide book said to plan for 12 hours. What?!? I was convinced I’d do it in eight with a stretch goal of six. Humbled, it took me ten. I did lose the trail on the final push so I did some extra scrambling but “wherever you go, there you are”.

Most important thing to note in my mind is that if you climb very early in the morning, the snow bridge may be an ice bridge. There was no kicking holes in the snow and the existing boot holes were iced over and not very deep. It’s only about 25-30 steps but one slip will take you far away. Bring spikes or an ice axe. Later in the day it softens up. It was MUCH softer and easier by noontime.

I had the benefit of perfect weather and the views were amazing! I was the only person on the mountain. Two people well behind me turned around at Chicken Out Ridge (which wasn’t that bad)

Great hike. Do it!

Great hike!... fire wood is scarce for overnight trips.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes

hiking
1 month ago

I love this hike! Nice trail and excellent views.

Very beautiful trail, plus very easy.
Explore around at the lower falls end of the trail and you can find trails leading to the top of the falls and a little further down the river. But wear shoes with decent tread if you want to do those- they are steep and slippery.

This trail is a lot of fun. Definitely not a trail that's all about the destination as there are parking lots basically at both ends. Well maintained. Beautiful vistas and space to think. I don't know how often this happens on a Sunday afternoon but I was the only soul on the entire trail. I loved it!

beautifull!! the falls is breath taking..

Very beautiful! Easy hike and a lot of areas to take photos of.

Great trail. I would say a good amount of this trail is shaded! Views are beautiful.

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