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2 days ago

Nice easy trail for beginners. The trail can get narrow in spots which make it frustrating when multiple people try to pass. The trail is open to horses so you may need to step off the trail for the horses to pass.

Ended up way off course due to very little markings, even with a paper map both myself and a ranger ended up taking a four mile detour to find the falls, very pretty end result, muddy so stabilize yourself!

Beautiful trail. Not very well marked... It was quite the fun adventure though. One tip would be to go back out the same way you come in... We made the mistake of going a different way out. Oops

7 days ago

Great trail. It was a little muddy but not bad. Good trail for dogs. Some up and downs, but over all not too difficult

Cool little place to visit. Not marked very well though.

It was busy trail, but very green and lush. Nice stream. Some people were not happy sharing the trail with other dogs and seemed to be anoyed . Some were nice. Seems to be a populated suburban area and butted up to a housing development.

My friends and myself reached at the Squak Mountain State Park around 8:00am. Had little difficulty in finding the Parking Lot as there were 2 roads leading to the State Park, but only one of them had the Parking Lot. The Parking Lot had only 1 couple of vehicles. There was a 0.1 mile hike from the Parking Lot to the May Valley Loop Trailhead.

The initial part of the Trail was much flatter and we doubted whether there was any elevation gain at all. Then the trail split to 2 paths and we chose the left hoping to cover the loop in clockwise direction. This was unlike the Loop described but we took it anyways. We met many people hiking down the trail when we were hiking up. Then there was a steep elevation gain for less than 0.1 mile, but that was the steepest along the entire trail, which gave us a relief that we didn't hike it down rather we were hiking up at the steep (as it is a loop trail). There are many diverging paths from this trail, but the trails were properly marked to guide in the right direction. We reached the Bullitt George Trail and then we saw the Bullitt Fireplace. We lost some elevation after that, and there was another ascend to the Central Peak.

The Central Peak didn't have any view, which was a little upset. There were some Communication Antenna Towers and it was surrounded by Pine trees which blocked the view. We started our descend which started on the Access Road.

After 0.2 mile, we had a board which took we took to join back the trail rather than continuing on the Access Road. This side of the Loop was suitable for trail running which made our descend a little more faster. After sometime, we reached a stop where there was a right turn to a bridge which would take You to the Squak Valley Park, but we continued left. We reached the Access Road again. There were 2 other boards which led back to the other trail, and we took the second one which took us to the first deviation we which took during our ascend. And finally we made it back to the Parking Lot by 12:00 noon.

Now the Parking Lot was almost full compared to morning. Now there were other people who were just getting ready to start their hike. Its a good warmup hike, but nothing much of a view. Even the Park had green bushes and trees with mosses, but nothing staggering for a second time hike. Not sure about the other trails which was getting deviated from the Loop Trail though and the other 2 peaks - West Peak & SouthEast Peak.

9 days ago

Great hike. Went 38 weeks pregnant and with a toddler in a carrier. Very doable. Pretty waterfall at the end!
Doesn’t take too long at all.

Not very well marked. We walked way more than we should have and everybody on the trail we met was there for the first time. But we found the falls eventually. it was a long hike overall but worth it.

9 days ago

Beautiful day for a hike! The trails were in pretty good condition considering the time of year. Nice easy 6 mile loop.

It's definitely an easy maybe medium trail (but probably easy). The loop was nice, well signed and easy to follow. Lots of little children doing it. Leisurely!

One of my favorite waterfall hikes so far !! Seriuosly breathtaking . Very few hikers today, made it even more peaceful & beautiful . Little muddy & slippery in spots . Totally worth it though . Recommend wearing hiking boots until it dries out .

Was challenging and fun. Next time I’ll do the loop in reverse. Snow was slippery near the summit, without poles I wouldn’t have made it up. Watch out for horse poop.

16 days ago

Relatively easy hiking, lots of smaller loops and side trails off the main one, interesting history woven into the experience- not too crowded.

16 days ago

Nice easy hike. Lots of kids and dogs :). The shooting range nearby is unnerving. Don’t let it affect you. This is a safe area even for women. It’s just not too scenic but it’s a great workout if you have a few hours.

It’s a nice hike but not very many views! Good exercise though. Trail is in great condition.

We must not have read the description fully before taking this hike, because we were shocked when we got to the end. The falls are much larger than we thought and so beautiful. We even missed the biggest one of the three, Little Mashel Falls, by accident. We saw Lower Little Mashel and the upper falls. We spent most of our time at the lower falls, which I believe is the one further into the canyon. The way the falls cascade down a series of boulders is just awesome, and makes for great photography. We saw a handful of people in sneakers and regular clothing. I would suggest you wear a good pair of hiking boots for the mud and slippery conditions closer to the falls, and a few layers of hiking clothes for the cold. Most of the trail we took was a dirt road that ascends just slightly. Eventually, you'll end up taking a regular trail down into the canyon which is where you will get the most elevation gain on the way back. Use the app to follow along as there are a few unmarked turnoffs. It's super easy to get here...no crazy forest roads with potholes or anything... have fun!

Amazing hike we hiked to the upper falls, middle falls and lower falls. The trail was a bit confusing to follow but we used the all trails app to try to stay on path. The middle falls was by far my favorite it’s a trail that splits to the left of the sign of the upper falls. There was a bit of snow on the ground and icy in some spots so use caution. Saw plenty of dogs as well. Such a great hike!

The hike is worth it. The falls are amazing.

Not sure what the actual miles on this loop , watch is showing 10.3

First timer and it was hard to find where the trail began, but once we figured it out the lore was plenty of signs along the way. It’s like Poo Poo points little sister and the view was with it!

Trail runner friendly! Meandering route for sure smooth and mostly non technical and groomed

Great loop run. Trail in good shape for this time of year.

Easy hike, however obviously due to the season very muddy and slippery in areas so use caution! I love bringing my dogs here as it’s usually not too crowded on weekdays and we can play fetch as we venture down to the falls.

Trail in good condition for February. A couple down trees.

Great year round hike on a cloudy day. Not too far from the city and easy to get to. Good for all skill levels because of the connecting trails. You can make it as long or challenging as you want. Easy to follow signage, but helpful to bring a trial map with you. Not much to see for views. The trail was muddy in a few spots, but nothing more than to be expected this time of year. Saw 1 down tree over the trail, but easy to cross.

New May valley loop/Phill's creek connector? In great shape , new trail unnamed.

trail running
1 month ago

Trail ran this today with my buddy. As the trail got closer to the lake it was bushy and a bit over grown, and muddy. Next to the lake it was flooded by the recent rain. The GPS followed the route very well which helped a lot at trail intersections. We went about 8:00 AM and only encountered four mountain bikers. Nice trail that we really enjoyed.

Very beautiful! Went with my husband and 3 boys. It was the perfect family hike and the falls were so pretty!! One of our favorite hikes!

1 month ago

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