backpacking
1 month ago

Echoing what others wrote - it's completely stunning, nicely shady trail, picturesque with the creek/river running next to you. A couple tricky spots along the trail - I would rate it more like advanced-moderate, especially if backpacking. But super quiet - we only saw one other couple during our two days out there.
It was very buggy and lots of poison oak. We saw a rattlesnake near the river. There are active bears in the area. The park doesn't clearly communicate this, but they advise to bring a bear canister if you're backpacking. So, it felt a little treacherous at times, but it is the wilderness and we're visiting their land/home! And it was totally worth the private swimming hole at the end!
Getting there, google maps isn't the best. The park's website has a suggested route if you want paved roads getting there. We followed that and it was super easy, and the roads are newly paved!