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Regina Kallweit
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Hiking

Sehr schöne Runde, anspruchsvoll, der Hinweg mit den Leitern ein Abenteuer, der Rückweg sehr felsig, rutschig und anstrengend. Unsere 3 und 6 jährigen Kindern (mit Wandererfahrung!) haben es geschafft!

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John Schueller
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Hiking

Absolutely breath taking views. The trail up is moderately strenuous and we could do about 1 mile an hour. I recommend this hike to my fellow hikers that are scared of heights that you can do this if you take your time. The ladders and ropes are in great shape and positioned well. There was only one spot where I was truly “puckered up” and I was able to navigate through the area quickly. You could turn around at any point and retrace your steps if you didn’t feel comfortable. The payoffs for your efforts are incredible. I actually would have rather retraced my steps down than return by the lower route which was a rock hop for the full mile on wet slippery rocks. Overall a fantastic hike. Memory of a lifetime. Agree with others that the first part of the trail up to the first peak is the best part of the hike.

Robert Stearns
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Hiking

What a hike! Yesterday 8 of us including a 4 year old made the hike. Not crowded at all but a little wet in areas. Make you wear proper gear and bring walking stick. The ultimate view at Black Rock but may be difficult for some to climb up rock. Took around two hours. Enjoy!

Brooke Parker
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Hiking

The review says dogs are able to use this trail... for those who have done it, how accurate is this? Looking to do this hike with our 3 dogs this weekend but didn’t know if we should leave them behind for this one. Any tips much appreciated!

Aubrey Stewart
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HikingRockyScramble

Awesome. One part of the trail (right around Attics Window) is a little scary. Should have a cable there to climb up. . Otherwise, amazing trail with scenic views. Start early. Wear hiking boots. Expect to climb rocks, but totally worth it though.

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Kira Bigam
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HikingRockyScramble

Absolutely gorgeous!! I'd probably rate it more as hard, simply because it's extremely technical and there's a fair amount of climbing. Definitely don't go if you're afraid of heights. A few of the ladders are a bit scary, but they're solid and not at all physically hard to climb. It's very, very Rocky and you have to watch your feet virtually the whole time. So so worth it! Absolutely stunning at the top.

Sarah Platt
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HikingRockyScramble

Took this hike in a couple years ago on the way to a friend’s wedding. We went a little past McRae Peak to Alpine Meadows before turning back-think we started too late in the day to finish before sundown! Strenuous hike but a lot of fun!

Catherine Beneat
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HikingMuddyRocky

Trail was very nice. We are a family of 4 with an 11 and 14 yo. We got rained on and “only” made it to MacRae peak. The views were breathtaking and even with the rain it was worth every step. Not for little kids. The ladders are quite steep and sometimes the ledges are not wide so people scared of heights should not try. Overall awesome experience and would recommend to anyone looking for a 2h adventure! Make sure you wear proper footwear as tennis shoes do not have enough grip for the trail.

Byungsub Chung
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Hiking

I think it’s pretty ok trail, but not for kids. When I get to MacRae Peak, it was great view!!! So I was expecting more from Calloway Peak because it’s pretty tiring to get there. Unfortunately, MacRae Peak is way much better than Calloway Peak. I suggest goin to MacRae Peak only. Going to Calloway peak isn’t worth it.

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Helen Turner
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Hiking

We did not make it all the way to Calloway, but loved the hike to McRae's. A fun technical hike for this area. I would not recommend for anyone who dislikes heights. The ladders can be challenging for older folks or kids. Due to COVID-19, you do have to purchase tickets to the attraction in advance in order to access the trails (as far as I know).

Suhas Alur
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Hiking

the hike is definitely strenuous. although it reads 3.9 miles round trip, it feels forever. it took us close to 5 and half hours to finish the hike. while returning we took the underwood trail, which added a mile or so to the total hiking distance. the views from the top are beautiful, totally worth the hike. please do note that the hike has many ladders, ropes and steep rocks that need to be conquered before you reach the top.

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Arden Smith
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Wow! Awesome hike. Made a reservation (required due to covid) for 8am and hit the trail by 8:15am. Got back to the car around 2:30pm. Rocky, technical, not good for kids or dogs due to the ladders and hand over hand assist cables. I do not recommend this trail if you’re afraid of heights. Calloway peak was packed with people so we turned around just upon arriving there. Better views at McRae Peak anyway. Overall very strenuous hike but awesome experience. We tracked closer to 8 miles overall.

Charles Windle
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HikingMuddyRocky

We only made it half way and had to turn back. The visibility was only about 10ft and the wind was gusting around 50mph. It is an INCREDIBLE hike though and understand I say that without having the luxury of any views at the MANY lookout locations. We will be returning on a sunny day. Having said all that, I would absolutely recommend and hike again, even in the same crazy weather. It’s that good.

Arpan Bhattacharya
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Hiking

The hardest hike I’ve ever done. Along with the rough terrain, elevation gain and ladders/chutes, we faced rain and 7mph winds the entire day. There was nothing to see because everything was white. The only thing to do was focus on finishing and not flying off the mountain. Some say a fight isn’t a fight until you have to overcome adversity. The morning after this hike my body feels like it was in a epic fight. Incredibly grateful, happy, and content that we were able to hit all 3 peaks. This hike will challenge you but it is an absolute thrill.

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J R
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HikingScramble
Marika Carey
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HikingRockyScramble

Awesome trail that will challenge your endurance and tolerance for heights. A few ladders are right on the edge of a cliff and have a transition to a cable that made my heart stop a beat or two. I tried not to over think but rather focus and move. The views along the hike are fantastic, I also love the Alpine feel of the trail. We did make reservations for 9:30am and the timing for us was perfect. If you want a challenge, I highly recommend this trail!

Claire Kelly
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Hiking

Excellent hike experience all around. Started at Boone Fork Parking, but had to turn back at Calloway Peak because large dogs can’t climb the ladders to continue from that point. All good- we ended up with 7 miles of awesomeness. Great views from Flat Rock and Calloway, well marked trails, super cool remains from a crashed plane, and met some fun locals up for weekend camping. Highly recommended for healthy hikers.

Chris Zito
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Hiking

Easily worth the $22 entry fee. We went on a whim and had no problem entering with no reservation on a Friday. That being said, if you have your heart set on this hike (and you should) check online regarding reservations. The mile high swinging bridge offers stunning views as does the brief climb on the far side. The real magic happens on the hike up to and along the upper trail itself. Views? Amazing. Technical aspects and down on all fours scrambling? Check. Ascents and descents that require wire rope lines and cliff face ladders? Indeed. What a fun day! Do not take this trail lighlty as a misstep or loss of grip can lead to serious injury or death, but this just adds to the overall incredible experience. Being in decent physical shape is a prerequisite - the linear distance is minor however the elevation change, the full body nature of the exertion and the very real aspect of extremely dire consequences for fatigue induced mistakes demand respect.

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Regina Kallweit
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Hiking

Sehr schöner Trail, über Stock und Stein. Wir haben ihn verbunden mit dem Trail zur Hängebrücke rauf und einem Stück Grandfather Trail. War eine sehr schöne Runde.

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R84 W.
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Hiking

Beautiful well-traveled path under the bridge and a moderate hike, .8 of a mile.

Kristen Greeson
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Hiking

Loved this trail despite my aching knees after getting to top of McCrae’s peak and coming back down. This trail consists almost entirely of steep incline up rocky outcrops or down rocky outcrops. When they say the trail is hard, they are not kidding! I am 50 yes old and am reasonably in shape with speed walking or hiking 3-5 miles at least 5 times a week and some cross training workouts 3 times a week. This trail made me reconsider how fit I really was. Higher altitudes definitely had me breathing harder. Despite all that, the views and sense of accomplishment at completing the ascent and descent (much harder coming down than going up in my opinion) from McCrae was well worth it! Now for a cold beer and some ibuprofen!

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Dan Margalski
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HikingRockyScramble

This is a bittersweet review. I’d love to give it 5 stars because the views from the ridge and especially McRae were amazing. However the hike up is almost entirely rutted and roots. It really saps you’re energy and is certainly not the most comfortable. I arrived at 7 on Saturday, and only saw a few other people until I started running into the overnight campers coming down. I turned around after McRae because I didn’t have reservations for, nor a desire to pay $22 for the swinging bridge. Parking is tight if you don’t get their early.

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