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    Jake Popish reviewed Mesa-Cortina Trail to South Willow Creek Falls

    about 1 year ago

    We woke up early to get this one in before 12:30. Timed it perfectly as we started around 8:30. By no means is this early to the dozen or so hikers we passed on the way in. We did walk fast at times as we knew our schedule but a fast pace gets this trail done in 4 hours with about 15 minutes of break at the falls.

    The goal of having a waterfall at the turn has been a recurring theme in our hikes and seems to encourage us to get to the destination better. The falls were nice to get to but don't expect it to be something that takes your breath away. It's picture worthy and relaxing to be around but lacks width and height to end up on your postcards home. The walk in is what separates this trail from others. There is not a boring stretch at all and the surroundings change every 15 minutes of the trail. The inclines are at the end of the first stretch and the added strain is irrelevant because you just want to see the falls. You can hear them constantly on the incline and never see them until fully upon them. The area near the falls adds for a great location to chill out on a cool rock and refuel. You'll find yourself above a section of the falls and below another section with a forceful stream that you can jump across in several places.

    The walk back allows you to look deeper into the surroundings. If you look real close you'll see what the mountains can offer. We located a young bull and cow moose about 25 paces off the trail in the aspens that could easily have gone unnoticed. The familiarity with the trail even only have walked it once on the way in allows you to get new perspective.

    We enjoyed this hike and were time pressed the way back down to aim for finishing at 12:30. It did not take away from all of us agreeing that it was a great hike.

    Jake Popish reviewed Rainbow Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    About 4:00 in the evening we happened across a smaller Bull Moose and cow. Other than that, expect heavy traffic, lots of people with dogs and cyclists. Easy trail, I've done a few. This was simple. Very glad to have seen the moose though.

    Jake Popish completed Rainbow Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jake Popish saved Rainbow Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Jake Popish reviewed Spray Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Did it today with the wife and kids after taking on Tolmie Peak. Exhausted now but feel like we made the most of a beautiful day! Would like to be able to get the kids across the waterfall to see it in full view but they are a bit small yet and it's not someplace you want an injury to occur. Boys didn't give out on me til halfway back. Falls were worth the trip and I got some great photos but wouldn't let the boys cross on their own, maybe sometime in the future.

    Jake Popish completed Spray Park Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish reviewed Tolmie Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Road in still difficult if you have a car. Bugs were bad and caused my 12 y/o to have a reaction. We had a good time tho. Made it to the top and felt accomplished, it's a tough moderate trail, I'm sure there are harder ones but this one was a challenge. Great weather a lighter Monday traffic made this better than reviews indicate. Lot was busy when we returned and we saw most traffic on our way down before noon so maybe get there early. View is amazing, even the boys mentioned how impressive Mt Ranier looks up close.

    Jake Popish reviewed Tolmie Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish completed Tolmie Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish followed Jack McPherson

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish saved Comet and Christine Falls

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish reviewed Bridal Veil Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Did this one 4 years ago but can write about it because it was the prefect intro trail for a child of 6 and 10. The falls at the end made it rewarding. We actually camped at the Rabbit ears site along the trail, cooled off in the creek, had lunch at the falls. We've taken a trail every summer since this one and appreciate mother nature for giving us a day that began a lifetime of hiking and camping adventures for our family. We love our national parks visits and plan to do this as long as we can, Boys are 10 and 12 now so it's going by fast.

    Jake Popish reviewed Presidential Trail, Mt Rushmore

    about 2 years ago

    If for any other reason than to be up close, you need to take this trail. Very easy walk and like others have written, you just might see a mountain goat. I can think of no other place that I have ever seen one besides Yellowstone from afar. The enormity of the project is realized from this trail and there are some key places for pictures underneath.

    Jake Popish completed Presidential Trail, Mt Rushmore

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish reviewed Smith Falls Trails

    about 2 years ago

    Absolute must stop if traveling through north border of Nebraska. We stopped on way to Black Hills/Rushmore area before heading west to Yellowstone. Went as a kid, falls still looked the same, but it was a lonely dirt trail back then only accessible by boat. Great memories, completely commercialized now, but one of Nebraska's coolest areas to see.

    Jake Popish completed Smith Falls Trails

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish saved Smith Falls Trails

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish reviewed Dunraven Pass to Mt. Washburn Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Great trip for any one that want to claim they climbed a mountain. Great views at top and very manageable.

    Jake Popish reviewed Firehole River Swimming Area

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish completed Firehole River Swimming Area

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish reviewed Lamar Valley Trail

    about 2 years ago

    I did this last year in late July. The fishing was amazing and I heard other fishermen upstream on the box butte did even better. Tons of little holes loaded with trout, my favorite catch in life was the cutter I brought in on a purple hopper with my wife and kids watching. Recommend bug nets depending on time of year, once dusk and dawn hours were there it was pretty bad. My 8 and 11 year olds were troopers though. No bad inclines and a little water to cross made for some good highlights. We camped but spent evening inside retreating from heavy bug presence.

    Jake Popish completed Lamar Valley Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish saved Lamar Valley Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish saved Mt. Walker Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Jake Popish saved Tolmie Peak Trail

    about 2 years ago