The first 1.8 mi was a maintenance Rd, more of a walk then hike. The remainders was a great hike. Beautiful flora and fauna. A majority of trail was creek side. Crossings where easy to moderate. However check the weather prior to heading out, if the weather turns some crossings could become dangerous if not impassable. The humidity level is very high so take and drink plenty of water. We will definitely return.
Have a great hike!
This trail is more like 12 miles. There were probably between 10 and 15 pretty tough stream crossings so come prepared! I had to make some pretty long jumps and risky maneuvers to stay dry, also being 6'5 helped a lot. If you're not athletic, a risk taker, or really tall, you should count on getting wet. Of course, I did this hike after a few record setting months in terms of rainfall, so maybe it's easier when the water is running at normal height.
The waterfall is cool, but you don't get a very close up view of it unfortunately.
The trail isn't marked until you get to the campsite. When you leave the parking area you will hike about two miles to the campground and then you'll see signs for Basin Creek. It says 3.3 miles from the campground but it's closer to 4.
This trail is very strenuous and I only completed the downhill route from Bluff Mtn down to Grassy Gap Fire road. The descent is steep and we almost were at a jog going down most of the way. It is brown blazed and blazes are sparse but you will find them. Trekking poles saved me on this trail. By the end of it my knees were very sore but once completed the aches and pains were gone. A fun trail but definitely not for a novice.