Overlook Park

6 reviews

Stunning hike that is moderate to (probably) hard — both for technical skills and fitness. This is the rockiest hike I’ve ever done. In come cases you’re climbing over tuff boulders, and virtually the entire length is covered with a thick layer of scree. Going down is very dicey — loose rocks combined with sharp switchbacks and cliffs. It took me longer to go down than to climb back up approx. 850’ in elevation. If my math is right, it’s about an average 15% grade.

But absolutely worth it! Take a good camera. Stop frequently and look around (because you’ll need to watch your feet while hiking). Lots of cool rocks if you’re into rockhounding. Wildflowers are already blooming. I saw one small tarantula, near river level.

There is NO shade until you get nearly to river level, where you will enter a shady utopia with multiple springs coursing across the trail (if you go right at the river trail). Go left if you want to descend the last bit to the river (though the bank is steep, so there’s no “beach”).