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Excellent hike. Not too long but fairly intense.

Seriously, Your poor dog. I've heard of everything now.. wow!

hiking
1 day ago

Short and easy

Have done this hike a number of times - once in the winter and of course different times in the summer/fall. Have been up past the first set to the waterfalls in behind - though yesterday’s was just to the first set. I’m sure this is one we will do time and time again when we want an easy hike with the reward of a waterfall at the end!

Great scenic trail but very easy to get lost shortly after the waterfall with so many paths. We were lost for at least an hour and ran into another group that were also lost but we headed for the water and eventually made our way back to a trail.

love to hike this trail with our dogs!

Perfect little hike for 2 mums and 4 young kids :)

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful hike. I did this trail in May 2017 with my 2 year old son. Beautiful mountains surrounding you as you enter the beginnings of the actual mountain you are about to hike. Glorious waterfall, that gives off a refreshing mist. Historical rock beside the waterfall that looks like a troll (I'm guessing that's why it's named troll falls?) anyways! it was great . wouldn't say it's as easy with a little kid by your side but it's still worth it! so much fun!

3 days ago

Easy to start off.

Our favourite family friendly hike. We do it every year.

Fun hike and great photo opportunities especially during sunset! Difficulty varies depending on how steep the dunes are. Saw a few folks bring a sled or snowboard to go down the dunes. Looked like they had a blast riding down the dunes

hiking
5 days ago

This was a fun beautiful hike. We kept going and saw a lot of fantastic waterfalls and views.

July 17, 2018

Very steep but very rewarding with a great view. Took us about 5 hours to complete

6 days ago

This was a good hike. We did this with our two boys (10&8), and our pup. It wasn’t to long but long enough for an evening hike.

My first hike and it was magical! Me and my 2 friends went past the waterfall to a cave above it and could see the entire valley! I would recommend this to anyone.

10 days ago

Good for families with small children

Great summer hike in Vegas area

Great trail. If you push right at the beginning of the trail you get to have a more challenging start with a scramble with some climbing which gets up in elevation faster. Took us 2 h to get to the top and an hour down. Great view overall

Just did this over the long weekend. The trail is in great shape, all the way. We stayed over night at Ribbon Falls, there was lots of firewood and company to visit with. Day hiked up to the lake the next day, the chains were a fun challenge. We brought our 1 year old up with us and he loved every minute of it!

13 days ago

Had such a nice time on this hike. It’s super easy but there’s a few hidden gems off the path. I felt like I was in an enchanted forest the entire time.

hiking
13 days ago

Fantastic Hike! Took two hours and three minutes (2.03) of hike time for me round trip. Used 2.1 liters of water, and plenty of sunscreen.
However there is definitely some things to know before you go.
*First - remember this is the desert, it's dry and hot - especially if you are so smart, that you decide to hike the desert in peak summer - August.... (like this guy.....)
*The park's roads and trails, are not maintained. So driving anywhere, higher clearance and 4x4 is recommended. I made it to this trail in a front wheel drive sedan, but you need to know how to drive in the sand.
*Kingsman wash access road and Fortification hill road, are all sand, loose dirt, and loose gravel road. This is not an easy route, so be ready.
*You will drive kingsman road for 15 minutes before coming to a bathroom located on your right. You turn right on to fortification hill road and take it for another 6-8 minutes. It's a long drive, and you won't go faster than 15 mph (maybe 20 if you have the right vehicle)
*Cell service is terrible in the ravines - AT&T didn't work at all on the trail. Once I was half way up, I got decent to pretty strong Verizon service.
*All the trails are mostly loose gravel and sand. Walking sticks will help save your legs, and I fell on my behind three times. Once getting scratched up pretty good by the rocks and cacti.
*It's hot! bring water. I used around 2.1 liters of water in my hike. Good news is there is an amazing crosswind (while it was mostly warm air) it helped me keep pace while walking and getting some relief from the scorching sun.
*Use the trail map, the trails are easily marked. You really have two options. Follow the ravine and stay out of the sun or get on the ridge and head to the top. The ridge you need to follow is directly on your right. It's not marked, but previous hikers and myself tried to stack rocks to help guide you. Mostly you will need to find your own way up in various spots.
* You have one almost step stone/vertical climb at the top of the first ridge, but not at the hills base (next to the steep drop off). You need to go north east round the cliff face and you will find an easy scramble to the very top. again, rocks trying to point the way.
*Enjoy the views and get to the top you will find a wooden pole with an eagle on top. Next to it is an ammo can with supplies, a notebook, and pen inside. Write your story, and where you are from!
*I didn't see anyone in this area for entire weekend, so this trail is not used often.
*After your done go to the lake for a quick dip and enjoy! Make a right after the bathroom and head straight to an area that access to the lake (not many people go there either).

hiking
13 days ago

Great. My 2 and a half year old made it pretty well to the top by herself. Easy walk, nice falls. Very family friendly.

good scramble. super easy to get lost on the way down so try and bring a map. it took us 1.5 hours up and 2.5 down (we got pretty lost) overall great hike!

I did this hike with my husband and our labrador. Its a lovely moderate hike. I there are some areas (with the switchbacks) that it is hard to see the trail and pretty rocky, but you will not get lost. The falls are a beautiful spot to rest and enjoy the view.

If you keep a reasonable pace without stopping and spend a short period at the top this hike can be completed in around 4 hours.

Cougar Creek parking is always free and open. Trail is easy to find but there are several ways up and down - just keep moving because they all meet up.

Ascent is steep but rewarding and the view is fantastic.

The descent is not as enjoyable unless you bring walking poles or you descent at a faster rate!

14 days ago

Hiked to Troll Falls early on Sunday July 29. Beautiful scenery along the power lines (we missed the start of the trail but our AllTrails app kept us going in roughly the correct direction). Easy hike through the trees to the waterfall, which was more impressive than I had imagined it would be. Because we started early, there was no one around until we started to head back to the car. The hike took about 45 mins including stopping for photos and to enjoy the beauty of the falls.

Breathtaking views but very, very easy to lose the trail on the way back down. We got incredibly lost in the scree near the top and it took us hours to find our way, with the sun going down - just pay attention on the way up, and your descent will be much easier.

Loved this trail. Fun boulder scrambling in mid Dec. A fav, for sure. Definitely doable. Hot springs more muddy than expected. Trail depends upon a beautiful scenic view of Lake Mead.

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