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Wow! We parked at the lot for Raven Cliff Falls as we intended on doing that hike. It was a busy day so we took a less populated trail instead. We consulted the park map and decided on Cold Spring Branch trail (orange blazes) to Bill Kimball trail (pink blazes). Cold Spring was beautiful - hilly in spots but filled with a gorgeous stream and mini waterfalls, along with huge Rhodedendrums (I think?). We had a tough time crossing the creek a few times as the trail crossed it but it was very fast and full. The Bill Kimball trail is ROUGH if you come at it uphill. We had our Golen Retriever with us and at a few spots my husband had to use his harness to lift him onto the rocks we were climbing on and traversing. Very cool rock face and an amazing trail overall. But lets just say you will definitely have earned your pizza and beer at the end of the day :)!

This was an excellent hike! Strenuous in some areas with some very rewarding pic and scenery opportunities. Considerstion for trail use: check forecast for rain or snow. In some areas potential for slipping and washouts are high.

A small group of us completed this trail today with our dogs. It’s definitely a dog friendly trail as we crossed paths with many other dogs on the trail. The condition of the trail was great— some muddy patches but it’s to be expected after a whole day of rain the day before. I would say the rating of the trail should be closer to the easier side than moderate. The observation deck was clean and gave way to a great view of the waterfall. It’s not a close view but very picturesque.

Great hike for even a beginner! It was peaceful and saw deer run out in front of us on the trail. Stunning views at the overlook!

For the people who hiked it in the last week, is it muddy from all the rain?

Hiked this counter clockwise with the trail to rainbow falls. Couple places where you could get off trail. Very technical coming back. Several roots, rocks and latters that made for slow miles. Very adventurous.

By far one of my all time favorite trails. The diversity you get on this hike is amazing. Whether you choose left or right to take the loop, you’re going to get a workout/be challenged. There are waterfall views, mountainside views, a suspension bridge, ladders and creek crossings. By the time I got to the end of my hike (the Dismal trail) I was definitely beat and the mountain seemed to go on forever but it was so worth it. I went late November .... most of the leaves were gone but the ones left made for some beautiful scenery and lighting as the sun goes down a lot earlier in the late fall/winter. A must do trail hike with plenty of challenge. Very well marked trail heads and a trail guide/map at each intersection or beginning of the next trail to avoid getting lost or confused.

Fun hike. Rim of the gap trail gets a bit technical in parts. Trail is very well blazed but its important to pay close attention while on Rim Of The Gap (yellow), some parts are a bit iffy but I always found a blaze within 50 feet of questionable areas. All and all great trail. Would recommend to any experienced hiker.

The Raven Falls loop is excellent. We took the advice from the previous reviews and hiked it clockwise. What great advice! It allows you to have the hardest hike behind you when you reach the suspension bridge. After the bridge you end up taking Gum Gap which is an easy trail to recover on. Total distance from the trailhead and back was 7.5 miles and took us 3 hrs with stopping and taking lots of pictures.
Overall, this was a wonderful hike. However, this loop should only be hiked by folks in reasonably good shape or you will not enjoy yourself at all.
There were three or four ladders that would present a challenge for large dogs. All but one is fairly short and would allow easy portage of your pet.

Solid hike. Wear good boots with good ankle support in the fall and when it’s damp, because there are numerous roots, holes, and rocks hidden under the leaves. Some parts of the trail can be technical, I wouldn’t advise bringing a dog.

Don't take a dog that you can't get up a ladder. But this is a great hike.

This trail is definitely strenuous and NOT dog friendly. Badass trail, though. It took me 4.5 hours and I was exhausted by the end.

Our gps said 10.4 . Technically very difficult. Would not go again after any recent rain. The approx 8 waterfall crossings where very dangerous with the steep drop offs and rushing deep water, made my us nervous. Beautiful hike that is fairly well demarcated and we saw no one else on the trail.

Great trail. Rocky in places but good family fun. Waterfalls are beautiful.

Great place. Beautiful! Take the family

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2 months ago

Decent hike! Far away view from the falls, but nice overlook spot to picnic

This is a very difficult trail- lots of water crossing and elevation change. You definitely need a day’s worth of food and water. I’m very grateful we had poles and good boots. If you are well prepared and in somewhat decent shape, this is a phenomenal trail. I would definitely do it again.

Great trail, hiked it counter clockwise with my blue heeler, if it were not for him being 35lbs then it would have been struggle on #14 with the ladders, luckily enough I could pick him up by his harness and carry him down. Great views, didn’t pass but a few people once on #14 and #12. Going up #12 will definitely give you a leg workout.

This is a fabulous trail. Very rocky in places, so def wear hiking shoes. A good many options for short or long out and back hikes and two waterfalls.
Excellent. We will def do this one again.

Best trail I’ve been on in a long time!

Good hike but the view from observation deck was not very exciting. If your looking to get closer to a waterfall choose a different trail.

This was a great hike with beautiful views. Trail 12 is not for the faint at heart if you go in the counter clock wise direction because almost every step is uphill. My only issue with this trail is its listed as dog friendly, and I would suggest leaving the dog at home if you want to do the whole loop. The park its self was very dog friendly, but trail 14 (the one with the swing bridge) has several spots where you get to a vertical rock face and you have to climb up or down a ladder. So, I ended up having to carry my 50 pound dog up and down the ladders. The other 3 trails do not have these ladders though.

Cool trail as always!! Wish the leaves we're turning, but AWESOME anyway!!

3 months ago

Easy to moderate hike. Well worth the time an energy. Waterfall was nice but you see it across the gorge. Nice half day hike.

Lots of payoff, clockwise is the way to go. harder than we expected as we're not in prime shape but very rewarding. Beautiful hike with several spots to see waterfalls, the suspension bridge was a huge highlight.

Good day hike close to home...will be back as the leaves turn.

My dog and I took the 11 12 14 13 11 route, which my watch measured at ~8.5 miles. Total round trip was about 3:45 (we’re quick hikers). Good hike, but we were fighting through spiderwebs on 12 and 14 was sketchy in parts due to fallen trees and storm debris. 14 has three ladders as well, so it’s not quite dog friendly. Keep in mind that the valley floor is will quite a bit steamier than the overlook, we were hot!

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3 months ago

We did this starting Coldspring going counter clockwise. I am glad we did because we were able to make the ascent up Kimball instead if climbing down. We took our Walker hound with us and she did great- she was tired as were we- had to give her a hoist one time up a rock. This would be difficult Trail for a smaller dog as one reviewer has already mentioned. Trail was marked well except one point it followed a creed bed and I thought we were going to have to back track. I would do this Trail again which is my highest compliment. It was very strenuous, but worth it.

My first hike to Raven Cliff Falls was in 1966 before the current trail was made. We hiked in from Hwy. 276 near the bald rock overlook. That trail ran by the old bear hunter's cabin alongside Matthews Creek and ended at the foot of the falls. One of the most magical experiences of my life was sleeping under a full moon on the flat rock right at the bottom of the falls and seeing the spray and mist from the falls highlighted in the moon glow. Over time, I wore out the seat of several pair of shorts on the sliding rock about a mile down Matthews Creek from the falls.

This trail is one of my all time favs!!♡♡♡

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