hiking
3 days ago

I agree the view isn’t necessarily worth it. I expected a bit more from a national park. It has two look outs. One at the top on rocks and the other you so close to the top with the stairs. I would have probably chosen a different trail to do here had this one not had such good reviews.

hiking
3 days ago

The top has some really good views!

Tough incline pretty much all the way up. I struggle more with descending so that was the tougher part. Saw a tortoise and a lizard as well as a nice lookout on part of the goat rock trail. Park at the campground.

hiking
9 days ago

Trail is ok. View is almost as good from the parking area. Easy climb both ways.

Awesome trial! We did Gulpha Gorge trail from the Amphitheater and hopped on The Goat Trail to circle back. The hike up was at a slant so it definitely worked on those calf’s

hiking
12 days ago

Honestly confused at what we were looking for here. Maybe we just parked at the only overlook, but we also saw signs for Gulpha Gorge trail and they appeared to be the same trail. I’m not sure. Saw a couple of deer and a chipmunk, so that was cool. My sister found a tick on her afterward, and she had long pants, so beware. Then later one under her tank top, so check yourselves!

We chose to start this trail in the parking lot at the scenic overlook. We took west mountain trail to the switchback end of sunset trail and then back to the parking lot via west mountain on the other side. For those who are not in great shape, this will be pretty challenging on all of the inclines. It was doable but not comfortable. The trail was nice with decent grading (some rocky areas in the dirt trail). It was shaded 90% of the time by trees. No stairs and a few benches along the way. Bring water because there are no fountains on the trail or at the top. We will come back once we are a little more accustomed to hiking - it shouldn’t take long to get there!

hiking
21 days ago

It's probably the most popular trail in Hot Springs, but it's not my favorite.

hiking
22 days ago

Trail was well maintained and easy, even for my 5 and 7 year olds. According to hot springs NP park maps you can connect to the Arlington trail and then get back onto the main roads but the Arlington trail has been closed or dead ends at the hotel... at their hot tub actually. According to signs you can only exit through the 7th floor of the Arlington hotel. We had a dog with us so we didn’t try that and just turned back to get out via the floral trail. So just FYI the Arlington trail DEAD ENDS.

Followed the trail as shown and there was no sign of the tree taken in the picture nor was there any hot Springs or even a creek

Great trail! We wanted to go on a long hike- preferably a big loop and not an out and back. There’s no way we could have found our way without this app! This loop was perfect. I would strongly recommend following the same start/ finish area. We parked about a block behind the US Forestry headquarters at the start. Then we did the loop counter clockwise. (We started on Grand Promenade and took the Dead Chief Trail at the beginning.) We had to follow the All Trails app closely at the beginning because there were often a few different route options and we wanted to complete this loop. We hiked almost non-stop averaging about 20 minutes per mile so it took us almost 4.5 hours. I would definitely recommend bringing plenty of water and some snacks. We carried a backpack with bottled water, Gatorade, trail mix, granola bars, etc. The trail itself is not very technical but just long. We had a great time and loved getting the full Hot Springs trail experience.

Very pretty hike. Not that long (just perfect for a cute short one). Quite a bunch of vistas with gorgeous views! Not many people on the hike. Would def do again!!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice for distance & elevation. Couple of issues with markings: 1. There are a couple of cell phone tower roads that seem to overlap with the trail, one leading to the tower & we had to backtrack to the trail. 2. After the 1.8 mile marker sign for Balanced rock, there is a split. To see Balanced rock it must have been the trail option straight and not to the right at the next split. 3. There is a split for Fordyce Peaks 1.5 miles and sunset trail 1 mile. They don’t meet up & the Fordyce route is steep, unkept & no markings. 4. When the trail intersects with the road at Hwy 7 it is a bit confusing but you follow the Gulpha Gorge Trail from that point. 5. After Gulpha Gorge there are no markings to know which trail to follow so we ended up downtown @ 14 miles into it & had to get a ride back to our car (another 3 miles uphill according to the state park rangers) -it was an adventure!

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

The view at goat trail lookout is amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

I completed this in 5.5 hrs

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! We almost missed at trail head as it’s below the parking area to the right and could use a sign. Trail was not steep and great for kids of all ages. During our hike spring wildflowers were in full bloom. Several small springs were flowing along the trail but it wasn’t overly muddy or messy given the amount of rock. The overlook is up a short flight of steps and well worth the hike. Commanding views of the surrounding area and nice spot for family photos.

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of poison Ivy on lower part of trail. Great little hike!

hiking
1 month ago

This was an easy a very nice trail

walking
1 month ago

Good trail. Beautiful at goat rock lookout. Lots of ticks though.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Great trail. We spotted a few deers along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

We had a great time on this trail, we extended by going over to the dogwood trail and did a little loop type thing to get back to our car. It was a very nicely marked and fairly easy hike. It wasn’t crowded either but we got there really early. One of my favorite trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail. Wish I had my running gear as I think it would be perfect for that. Good combo of up and down hill - nicely groomed

Really enjoyed this trail, not too difficult and well-maintained. The campgrounds were closed so we parked in some gravel on the side of the road and walked through the campsite to get to the Gulpha Gorge trailhead. Gulpha Gorge trail was clearly marked with white and the Goat Rock trail connected to it with purple markers. Uphill out and all downhill back.

very nice, take water with you.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Did the whole loop last week and the trail was pretty clean. It took about 7 hours including a lunch break. There’s about two outlooks on the whole loop. It was a good workout but it was kinda disappointing not having an outlook at the peak of the mountain. Saw a pair of friendly goats which was kinda cool.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is extremely easy and quick. However, some of the trees are truly beautiful. I never quite felt that on the other Hot Springs trails, so because of that I recommend it. It was also much more quiet and serene than Goat Rock and Gulpha Gorge. I don’t recall hearing any vehicles and I saw no one else.

hiking
1 month ago

I completed this trail in conjunction with Goat Rock. I preferred Goat Rock, but this was nice too. All down hill out and all up hill back. The creek, bridge and dogwoods in bloom made for a nice photo at the bottom.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed this trail a lot although it was fairly short. There are an abundance of other trails to make up for it. The trail is moderately forested, shaded, and well marked though. I was surprised at how beautiful the view was from the steps along the trail (don’t walk by it, it’s not marked at all). I think it’s way nicer than the drive-up view at the top. The only negative about the trail is the amount of truck noise, which was somewhat loud and nearly constant. I went on a Friday and saw no one else on the trail. How often can you say you had an entire National Park to yourself, even if it was a little noisy? That makes this a rare gem and I highly recommend it.

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