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Well maintained trail through beautiful woods. We really enjoyed it - especially the pair of moose bulls that we stumbled on (but appreciated from a safe distance). The trail was mostly all snow pack and ice when we went up (11/17/19), but microspikes made it a nonissue. The lower falls were beautiful, but the upper falls were puny and disappointing. If you go, go for the pretty views/trail and not for impressive falls at the end.

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8 days ago

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10 days ago

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11 days ago

Beautiful hike through the Medicine Bow-Routt Forest featuring two waterfalls, one near the trailhead and the other about another 2-1/4 miles up the trail. A well-trodden path led to the upper waterfall. Only a few areas were muddy (mainly the first quarter mile) or icy (mainly the last quarter mile), the rest was packed snow. Most people were just wearing sneakers on a busy day (overflow parking area was almost full). Note the AT map is outdated at the bottom, the Overlook Trail has moved, but it is easy enough to find.

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13 days ago

Great trail. Trail starts off with an incline for the first half mile to mile then levels out. Trail is challenging with the mix of ice, snow, and mud. The barn is the halfway point to the end.

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13 days ago

Great trail. Trail starts off with an incline for the first half mile to mile then levels out. Trail is challenging with the mix of ice, snow, and mud. The barn is the halfway point to the end.

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14 days ago

Great trail! Challenged us to a different type of trail. Switch backs and a vertical climb will work the leg muscles

on Spring Creek Trail

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1 month ago

Very easy hike for my three kids and me. We didn’t want anything too challenging today as we just wanted to relax and enjoy some nature. The trail was very well-marked, albeit very muddy. It wasn’t crowded at all and we would go long stretches without seeing anyone. Since it is an out-and-back trail, we controlled how long we wanted to stay out.

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1 month ago

Hiked this trail on 10/13 with my 17 month old in her baby carrier. The trail was relatively easy the first two miles but was challenging the last mile. I would recommend hiking poles or a walking stick for the descent. I didn’t feel very comfortable going down with my daughter so I went down on my hands and bottom for safety.

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1 month ago

Hiked on October 13th. I agree that this trail is difficult, but being out of shape and asthmatic I made it up in a little over an hour and a half. We didn't originally plan to hike on this trip, so I just went up in my regular Nikes, but I'd highly recommend spikes or sturdy hiking boots because there are very slick/icy spots, and lots of mud. It seems fine going up but coming down it's a little scary on some parts. There is also still snow in many of the shaded parts, it was about 57 degrees and nice in the sun but we wore long sleeves and glad we did for those cold breezy stretches. The waterfall is totally worth it though! Plan to take your time and it's amazing.

It is a beautiful hike. Amazing scenery. And a great place for kids. I was in town and I saw a advertisement for that and said to go. We were hiking for a few miles and we came upon strawberry Park Hot Springs and swam for a while

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1 month ago

I only made it to the bottom of the falls (by the bridge) with some other hikers. The time I went the trail was incredibly icy, so it was very hard to get up the trail to the Upper Falls and to Long Lake. It would be a great trail to do during early fall or in the summer.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

great hike. 2.5mph made it to upper lake in 55 mon. snow and ice. great hike close to the 'Boat.

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