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Great trail!!! Lots of scenic adventure! The only challenge was the steep hillside but totally worth it!

hiking
muddy
over grown
washed out
9 hours ago

I enjoyed this trail however I felt like I got off the trail several times. It is somewhat overgrown and muddy. The water may be high, but the trail was hard to follow. Ended up doing a lot of back tracking and had to cross the creek twice in about 8” of very cold water. Would have felt great in the summer.

The end of the hike toward the trails can be a but slippery, but with the ropes, it is easily accessible.
worth the hike!!

1 day ago

Great hike! With all of the recent rain, the trail was wet but manageable. There were a few water crossings. Also a few overhangs.

Very nice hike that wasn't too busy, probably because of the chilly weather.

Very cool scenes and nice walk with good climbs and great views all around....very quiet and peaceful

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

It’s a pretty sick spot, I saw what appeared to be cougar tracks. When I go back I’m definitely going to bring a knife/bear spray just to be safe

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
2 days ago

Most reviews said it was easy. I’m glad I came before taking my kids. It was beautiful but some parts where creeks went over the path was not always easy, also muddy after lots of rain.
Loved the trail and will be back.

Lots of switchbacks but still pretty steep. Fairly difficult but the view is worth it.

i thought this was a beautiful easy hike. unfortunately i thought it ended at the barrier that says Trail ends here. found out on my way back that you're supposed to keep going past that to get to the lighthouse. i still enjoyed the beauty but wish it was posted better. beautiful sunny day in Januray, 60 degrees, perfect

good day hike. remember to pack enough clothes with elevation change from bottom to the top the temperature and weather can change pretty quickly.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful trail. Not too hard of a hike. Lots of switchbacks. Normally coming down hurts my knees pretty bad, but this trail wasn’t too hard on them!

walking
6 days ago

First, the falls are wonderful and totally unexpected as this is in the middle of texas! The air is a bit tropical and humid, the climb down to the viewing area at the end of the trail is rocky and steep. I went in middle of August so it was very hot, humid, and miserable. Seeing the falls and the Colorado river was definitely worth it though.

The trail is mostly barren, minimal shade, and the ground is rocky so it's a little rough on the feet and ankles. Dogs are supposed to be on leash and pet owners are supposed to pick up after them however it didnt seem most people were following the rules.

This trail is difficult simply due to terrain being rocky, steep, and being shade less. It's a great hike with a nice reward at the end... only problem is you have to hike back!

Very nice trail with great views along the way. Deer spotted. Parking can be an issue, found a pull off about a 1/4 mi south of the trail head.

hiking
7 days ago

It’s a moderately difficult hike for us older folks, but once you get past the switchbacks the views are easy to get to and amazing.

I did this trail in December and mostly had it to myself on a rare sunny day in the middle of the week. The falls are huge and breathtaking. The trail is well maintained with some small inclines. There was a little ice on the inclines when I went which made it a little slippery in spots but not bad. The stairs down to the falls are worth the effort. A good short little hike and workout.

A nice, quick hike. It was pretty quiet when I arrived; I only saw a couple of other people. It had rained the morning I went out, and stretches of the trail were submerged or very muddy. Gorgeous views at the top; the only sounds out there are the streams nearby and the birds.

backpacking
14 days ago

I backpacked the East and West loops with two of my college-age kids last weekend (Thursday through Saturday.) We arrived at Lost Maples around 3pm, paid our fees, and headed to the West Loop trail head -- took the clockwise direction. It took less than an hour to get to primitive area F, where we stayed the night. We had a lazy morning on Friday and continued the West Loop over to "The Ponds", where the loops join. From there we picked up the West Loop trail and got into primitive area A in time to cook dinner and pitch camp.

The trails were very well maintained and surprisingly litter-free. The climbs were very steep, but doable -- I really appreciated having my hiking poles. Note that the lower elevation sections are along creek beds -- lots of stream crossings plus seeps and springs mean your shoes will get at least a little wet.

We camped at primitive area F -- almost. It turns out the actual area F was a few hundred feet further down the trail. Look for a second sign. Nevertheless, we were virtually alone -- only one other camper there on a Thursday night. There are few trees, so the night sky was spectacular -- the kids got up at midnight to watch a meteor shower. And the sun warmed the campsite very quickly in the morning -- nice, in January.

There is a composting toilet on the main trail, about a 5 minute walk back from F which saves having to dodge prickly pears in the dark.

While I pumped water, my kids did the lollypop loop that extends this trail by a couple of miles -- they report that there's no much worth seeing up there.

Highlight of the hike: the Mystic Canyon section -- really beautiful creek.

backpacking
14 days ago

I backpacked the East and West loops with two of my college-age kids last weekend (Thursday through Saturday.) We arrived at Lost Maples around 3pm, paid our fees, and headed to the West Loop trail head -- took the clockwise direction. It took less than an hour to get to primitive area F, where we stayed the night. We had a lazy morning on Friday and continued the West Loop over to "The Ponds", where the loops join. From there we picked up the West Loop trail and got into primitive area A in time to cook dinner and pitch camp.

The trails were very well maintained and surprisingly litter-free. The climbs were very steep, but doable -- I really appreciated having my hiking poles. Note that the lower elevation sections are along creek beds -- lots of stream crossings plus seeps and springs mean your shoes will get at least a little wet.

Primitive area A is a lovely camping spot, but "popular." We were there with 2 scout troops plus 2 smaller groups on a Friday night -- not quite the solitude you expect when backpacking, but still much better than "car camping." The composting toilet is a huge plus.

Don't miss Monkey Rock -- it lives up to its name!

Great trails, very crowded on a weekend when the weather is nice. Hiked the High Falls Loop today starting at the main parking lot going to High Falls then Triple Falls & back on the High Falls Loop to the parking lot.

Great day to do the hike, especially since the state park was closed so not may tourists around. Total mileage was 12.2.

View at the top is worth it! Very muddy right now, and our watches showed 3 miles each way

first time was amazing

Incredible views. Only moderate elevation gain. Changing scenery constantly. Recommend highly.

Dear lord this was a hard trail. Me and my two best friends went camping together and we spontaneously decided to do this trail for some reason. The whole thing is pretty much uphill but the view... my god the view was incredible at the top. It was so breathtaking it made the whole hike worth it. Just a note: the three of us are not in peak physical condition. I’m moderately fit but have hypoglycemia and a syncope problem, one friend has asthma and hypoglycemia but she runs frequently, and the second friend just casually works out. It took a while to go up and down this monster but we managed it.

Beautiful waterfalls, but hiking is too easy

hiking
16 days ago

Amazing trail, but the parking lot fills up fast. Plan to get their shortly after sunrise if you want a spot!! The trail can get pretty crowded too.

The best hike in all of Texas. Walking through Boot Canyon feels like descending into a prehistoric world. Amazing views. I go every year and love it even more each time, even this year when it was freezing cold and everything was covered in fog. I usually see deer going up too.

I'd recommend going up Pinnacles (shorter and steeper) and going down Laguna Meadow. I'd also recommend checking out the Northeast Rim, and making sure to leave early.

Amazing hike, I did it counter clockwise as a overnight backpacking trip. Counter-clockwise seemed a bit easier. The views on the South Rim were amazing. I added a few extra miles by hiking out to camp at NW 4 for the night--there were at least 4 pads for tents down there and lots of little trails to several AMAZING viewpoints for sunrise and sunset. I did see bear scat fairly close to the tent areas, so be sure to be bear-aware and store any food/scented items in the bear boxes!
I would rank this as Moderate for me personally, but I'm in fairly good shape (and am comparing this to backpacking on the Colorado Trail which I would rate as Strenuous). I carried in all the water I needed, but I did come across water on Day 2 of my hike.
I wrote a blog post about this trip if you'd like to get a little more detail: www.backpacktheplanet.com/blog/big-bend-solo-backpacking

hiking
18 days ago

After the first half, this trail is basically a staircase up to the top. The view from the top is fantastic! You can see all around. To be honest it was a little difficult to tell where the trail ended. It was a little cold and windy at the top, but that’s to be expected in January.

This review gives some detail as to the time requirements of the trail. As an almost 50 year old female in moderate shape, I’ve done this trail twice as a day hike. You don’t have to be an experienced adventurer as the description says. Just have a planned route, bring water and snacks, and get an early start so you can make it back before dark. But bring a good flashlight just in case you spend a little too much time on the rim! There are several composting toilets along the route, but be sure to bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Starting at Pinnacles, it takes me around a 3 hours to make it to the rim with a steady pace and only a couple of short breaks. I push it to get through Pinnacles as I have more energy in the first part of the trip before fatigue sets. South Rim trail is much easier than Pinnacles. The longest part of trip always seems to be coming back Laguna Meadows, but probably because it’s the last part of the trip. This leg of the journey takes about the same amount of time as the ascent, but I usually take more and longer rest breaks. You really have to take it slower going down due to loose rock and an increased fall potential. I prefer taking Laguna Meadows down as it is easier on the knees than Pinnacles. Whole trip takes around 7-8 hours with spending at least an hour on the rim for taking pics, picnicking, and just taking it all in! Total distance from the parking lot and back is closer to 12 miles. When coming back on Laguna Meadows, be sure to take paths to the left where tails diverge. Otherwise you’ll end up on loop trails and get a much longer hike!

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