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    John Ferguson reviewed Glymur Falls Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    None of us are frequent climbers. some Yosemite trails and the Acadia park's Cadillac Mountain were our prior ascents. Cadillac was harder than the trails we took at Yosemite with poorer trail markings on open rock face and a steady ascent with little to no ropes or rails.

    Glymur falls was harder still due to steepness, narrow parts of the path with precipitous falls, also plenty of mud on the descent and some slippery rocks due to rain. Because there are hand ropes in many places on the ascent this trail only requires great hicking shoes/boots, appopriate clothing on or in a waterproof pack and if you do the river crossing above the falls good water shoes.

    Our group discussed the medium difficulty rating and we agree, it is medium as it requires no technical climbing skills and can be done if you are moderately fit. Our group took breaks for water and pictures. So our hike took 4 hours. We were amazed at the lack of guard rails, walls and fences like back in the US ....LOL. You'll get over it.

    On our hike we changed layers at the top where cold winds and misty rains started chilling us through our Gortex jacket and pants. Even in August after sweating and getting our heads wet, the rain and winds by the peak's river crossing could be an issue if you don't have extra layers to add.

    Also, when crossing the river above the falls...as noted elsewhere in other reviews, be mindful of how slick the large and flat rocks can get. I watched another hiker in good diving shoes go right into the water slipping. Use the smaller rocks for stepping. The deepest water we hit there was halfway up our shins.

    Another point...as you come back down the easier trail there will be a sign post and it will say to the right is parking in 3km. It will say to left parking is in 3.2km. and some climbing is needed. Go left. Left involves a decent on some gravel and rock and a serpentine trail but it is the preferred path. Just look for two huge stone cairns and take one two trails down ..they rejoin later in the grassy and rocky meadow.

    John Ferguson completed Glymur Falls Loop Trail

    2 months ago