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Really enjoyed it. Took 2 of the alternate trails as well and they wound down by the water. it added some complexity but also some distance and really nice views. The waterfall is really something.

This was a beautiful hike I took with my 16 year old son and 50 lb dog. We went in the morning so we could finish the trail well before sunset, so started about 9 am. I am so happy I consulted all trails before going, because some other reviewers mentioned that they didn’t bring enough water. I took 108 oz split between our backpacks, and we drank it all. Other reviews mention a section which has large jagged rocks, and that it would be easy to twist an ankle on those. I second that. Hiking boots strongly encouraged.

Our hike was last year, and I can’t wait to hit this trail again in the fall.

Trails were not maintained very well. It would have been super easy to get loat, trails are marked by blue dots on trees.

2 days ago

Love this trail. Although there are places that are somewhat overgrown and full of chiggers, the trail overall it's great. Not to difficult in my opinion, but had some good parts that were challenging. Have been twice in the last 3 weeks.

Very well marked trails. Lots of spider webs lol. Some great places to sit and think along the trail. Very quiet and peaceful. Enjoyed the trail very much.

Beautiful trail. Not crowded for Tuesday hike. We took our dogs and it seems like everyone else we saw on the trail did the same.

very cool and gorgeous trail. very difficult at times. Definitely a quad and glute workout with all the steps. waterfalls are amazing

This is going in one of my top 3 hikes so far this summer. I loved the trail, the trees, the quartz and the rock formations. The view is SO worth it. It was awesome to see Mansfield from a totally different angle.

Great trail but it's closed past Sycamore Falls which was only around 2 miles in. Looking forward to going back after the gas line has been repaired.

The trail was amazing today. We took everyone’s advise and went clockwise and glad we did. Thanks to all before us for that tip. Ranger Falls was beautiful and the scenic overlooks were amazing. Ended up taking us about 5 1/2 hours and right at 10 miles. We are totally sore and can hardly walk but had a great time and plan on doing again in the fall.

Most of the trail is meh, the falls are great. Be sure to keep going back until you see the large drop off that’s impassable.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice hike with a great 360 view from the fire tower at the summit!

Lack of trail markings can make it a little confusing. The waterfalls are great and it’s a very easy little loop.

Nice little camp ground/ hiking and picnicking area.

Doing this trail again today and though wet as it’s been raining, I’m not concerned. Seems like every time we go it rains, haha! Good amount of parking at the trail head.

*As an aside, I hike with my 4 large dogs - this app says dogs have to be leashed but that isn’t true. The trail is a part of the Long Trail which allows off leash dogs except at crowded summits and when there is alpine vegetation. This app is overall not especially accurate regarding dog use and I suggest doing additional research before going out to any trail if you don’t wish to use a leash (I literally can’t with 4 dogs, smallest of which is 60lbs). That being said, this trail has a lot of little stream crossings which is great for them.

Not a lot of elevation. Really nice around Mile 5 and 6. Spiders. EVERYWHERE. Glad I did it once, but definitely a one and done experience.

I did the trail this past weekend. Went in at Stone Door ( best heed everyone's advice and do likewise), and took the BCR back to the ranger's station. I made it a point to check out Ranger Falls, although it was running slow as expected. With the side trip to the falls, plus the extra couple of miles that the leg from the ranger's station adds, my pedometer showed just over 12.2 miles. I was going to wait til fall or winter when the views would be better. but a free Saturday was available so off I went. Not as tough a hike as the Fiery Gizzard, but tough enough to leave me plenty sore the next day. Believe all you read about the long climb out.....seemed like the uphill would *never* end! I'm 67, fairly fit, and hike regularly, but this trail will remind you for a couple of days of your experience. Will definitely go back!

This was an awesome hike! We entered via the Stone Door Trail and continued on the Big Creek Gulf Trail and spent the night at Alum Gap campsite#2. The water source at Alum Gap (creek crossing 100ft down the GreeterFalls Trail) was dry so we actually had to go downstream about 30yds, until we found a small pool of water. The BCG trail is a beautiful trail with huge boulders. The last part of the trail that goes back up to Alum Gap is long and steep but worth every step.

Such a pretty trail to display the park. We had fun, but I highly recommend picking up a stick as you begin to swipe away the spider webs. They run across the trail and are hard to see sometimes. Not so bad if you aren’t the first one hiking thru for the day, but just a suggestion. This hike will take up a good part of your day. We walked and stopped a few times and clocked about 5 hours.

Nice trail with some challenging uphill areas. The Stone Door was really cool and there were some great views from the Big Creek Rim. We started with the Stone Door, then Big Creek Gulf, and finished with Big Creek Rim. Unfortunately there was no water in the riverbed so we decided not to take on the extra mile to Ranger Falls...wasn't sure if it would be flowing. We were a group of 5 plus a pup -- the pup handled the rocky areas really well but it may a bit difficult for less experienced hiking dogs! With a few breaks it took us about 5 hours to complete the whole loop.

Good work out, not for beginners. Went in the fall and it was fine. Went back in the summer and holy crap, I can still feel the spiders crawling on me. We aren't talking about a few strings here and there we are talking about full sized webs that rap around your entire face. Gnarly trail in the summer, wait till fall then have fun.

Moderate for the youngins maybe but if you are mid 50s and in decent shape it is a challenge, especially closer to the summit. Especially if it's raining on the way down as it was today, the rocks and tree roots can be very slippery on the uppermost section. As some have already noted the trail markings are inadequate, particularly on the way down, and can easily be missed late in the day. We lost the trail twice and had to hike back up to re- find it. It's a good 90 minutes ascending (114 floors height equivalent on our tracker) and 10 kms round-trip. You cross not less than 5 streams in the lower section and there are spectacular rock formations in the upper section. We couldn't appreciate the view because it was obscured by rain clouds and fog. We only crossed paths with one other group on the way up and on the way down a hiker two weeks into his Long Trail sojourn. Finding the entrance was tricky. Take Beals Hill rd. off Rte 109 (bear right at the old white school house) until it becomes Codding Hill rd. about 6 kms. keep going to the end even when you think you are on private property. some guides say to take Codding Hill rd. from Rte 109 but the day we went the covered bridge was closed and we had to ask at the post office nearby for an alternate route.

Okay, so I read the reviews about the spider webs and normally no creature or insect bothers me but I walked through about 20 in the first 1/2 mile, then I got a walking stick to knock them down but just looked like a schizophrenic Harry Potter fan trying to cast a spell. I turned around. Go during winter. Unless you enjoy being covered in spider webs then go today.

Actually backpacked this last summer. We brought our dog and I would recommend staying on the top of the ridge to ravens point if you’re hiking from sycamore falls. Hiking into the valley is quite treacherous with all the boulders, especially for a dog.

A nice hike today with friends. Trail was wet especially near the top. Lots of interesting rock formations and streams. View was really beautiful and we took the time to go up to the summit. Enjoy!

trail running
1 month ago

Love this loop for trail running, but the spider webs get a little outrageous, especially when starting early. Last time I went running (arrived at 7am), I ran through at least 50 large webs that kind of hindered the experience, but I'll definitely be back in the future (probably when it's colder, though).

Bear Waller Gap Trail is one of my favorites. It is a challenging trail in places. I usually do a full length both ways. I suggest starting at Defeated creek entrance if you plan on a round trip. if you only want to do one way or are a beginner, I would suggest starting at the overlook and having a ride to return you to your vehicle.

Me and my friends had a lot of fun hiking this trail! I highly recommend going off the beaten path when you see the opportunity for a good view. However, be very vigilant in keeping an eye on the trail markers, it will take sharp turns and leave you lost if you aren’t careful. I wouldn’t recommend taking young children on this trail because parts of it are difficult and very steep.

Great trail, but difficult for older and beginners. Enjoyed it!!!

Loved this loop and this whole state park today!! I went with my two dogs and we had a blast exploring the park, the river, and all of the waterfalls. The loop gives options for how hard you want the hike to be. You can scoot your way up and down the hillside to get in the water, or you can walk around on more of the flat terrain. Absolutely want to go again!

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