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This is definitely a great trail. but if you are hiking all the way to the falls it is not moderate. and yes it is longer than stated. beautiful vistas.

Took kids and dog. trail was lovely and shady on a hot day. no waterfall...only a trickle but climbing around was fun. the reservoir was beautiful and we stayed there an hour just enjoining the calmness.

Nice easy hike to end the day. Smooth wide pathway and some decking at the falls area for viewing. Pleasant and easy to access from the Spearfish Canyon Lodge.

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10 days ago

Super easy hike, Great little hike, quick and easy.

“Not the size that counts but the motion of the ocean” lmao...ok ok but its perfect for this trail. Super short but alot of motion. Bout an hour drive from denver w construction traffic so bring lunch and enjoy it with the misty roar from the falls.

Beautiful hike and great way to start the day. It was a little more difficult about 1/2 way to the top but worth it. We loved walking along the creek - very peaceful!

So many trails to pick from that all run into the main falls! My eldest son Lars in 2014 at 4 and 5 liked the activity/ information center and Trail maps freely given. Putting our shoes in The waterfalls were his favorite almost as much as lunch on top by the spring! Mt.Cuttler, Burton 3 mile trails, great for families!

The one downfall with this hike is that there is NO way the signs are correct. This hike is way longer than 6-plus miles. You can even see where people wrote the longer distances in pencil on the signs. Besides that, great hike.

Great trail. Well marked. Pretty steep near the top. Dead ends at the falls. Actual falls are average. Give yourself half a day.

Great hike for kids but much better in the Spring. We didn’t do the loop, only to the base of the falls for a snack, then to the top of the falls and back down. 2.6 miles round trip. My two boys are not strong hikers. I carried my 5 year old for a bit of the hike back and my 6 year old was moving slow. We saw a lot of wild flowers and a few birds. This time of year (Aug 1) the falls are only a trickle. There is very little shade until you get to the falls so go early.

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17 days ago

I wish there was more signage to let the hiker know the distance to the falls. That’s my biggest disappointment in this hike.

The trail itself is nice because you’re walking next to the creek for a good portion of the wooded trail.

I suggest hiking boots for ankle stability if that’s an issue for you. Bring snacks and plenty of water.

Kids loved it- twin 6 year old girls and 11 year old boy! Perfect for our fam!

Great little trail with some moderatly physical sections. Predominantly mild hiking with lots of shade. The creek and falls were dry as we expected them to be but once we found the resivoure, the views were worth the wait. Pretty treacherous off trail options exist beyond the marked trail but the terrain is steep and we didn't veer far. Some folks were fishing, others letting their dogs drink, it was a pleasant spot to stop and take on the beauty. It would be noted that no "body contact" is allowed with the resivoure water, as posted. (No swimming, etc.) We went in July and it was fairly humid. I'd go again but only in cooler months, maybe in light snow.

We enjoy this hike a lot with our son who’s now 5 years old! Beautiful views and relaxing...

Fun hike, not too hard. My dog loved it. Absolutely gorgeous.

Great hike, with a nice payoff at the end. The view of the city and of the falls is outstanding. For a good portion of the trail the sound of rushing water is present as is the sound of birds and the wind in the trees. We spotted a rufous hummingbird and a host of tree swallows. We also heard countless other various birds along the way. But we weren’t there for the birding, so it was simply an added bonus.

It’s a fairly taxing hike for a middle-aged guy in ok shape (me!), but the 20-somethings we encountered along the way seemed to handle it without issue. I wouldn’t bring younger kids—mostly because the elevation change the last half mile could be difficult, and the overall length could be too much handle as well. I’m assuming that’s why, once we left Gold Camp Road at the trailhead, we didn’t run into anyone who appeared to be under the age of 16. I’m certain my 6 & 10 year old wouldn’t have lasted even though they are both extremely active in sports.

Overall, I recommend. Give it a try and see what you think!

This is a long drive from west metro Denver and the trail is hard to find. It was along the river which was dry. We were hoping to see the reservoir but never got high enough or close enough to get a view. It was deep in the woods and serene but not interesting.

Other than walking across a busy road for parking this is a fun short walk and a beautiful sight to see.

Stunning wildflowers and water features! It takes a while to get to the really fun part, but it’s so worth it.

hiking
22 days ago

We definitely did not follow the stairs and our adventure was much funnier that way. We ended up going completely through the creek and taking trails through the trees but the reward at the end was beautiful. Not an easy hike for us but maybe for the experienced hiker it is possibly. Will definitely hike it again.

Super easy little walk with the kids. Nothing spectacular, but also no stress with young kiddos.

Beautiful after a rainstorm or seasonal snow melt. Aspens at the beginning should be beautiful in the Fall. Trail is narrow slightly downhill on the way out and slightly uphill on the return. Fun to make the last few tight turns up and down to see the waterfall and make it to Gross Reservoir. Pups and kiddos enjoyed cooling it in the rock pool. Wildflowers sparsely line trail. Visited during the week and only crossed paths with a few hikers on way out.

Great walk and beautiful scenery. Several muddy areas and lots of horse poop. Only partially shaded so got a little hot, but not awful.

More of an attraction that an actual trail. But we enjoyed it, despite being very busy the Sunday we went. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice hike and easy to get to. Short distance, but it’s a great way to stretch your legs. Dog friendly - is along a creek for most of it and there are little trail cuts down where your dog could get some water. Family friendly.

Nice easy walk. Good for dogs and little ones. If stream is dry don’t expect a waterfall show. Good picnic spots around the reservoir

Waterfall and creek was dry.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking is close on the side of a big bend in the road making it a pretty dangerous spot with cars flying by so be careful. Short easy walk to a roaring falls!

waterfall was nice. walk along the stream was pleasant. Nice but not spectacular.

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