Jason W. on Laurel-Snow Trail to Laurel Falls
Great hike. The last mile and half was no joke. The scurry up the vertical section to the rim was unexpected but fun. Saw lots of coyote scat at the top, but no Bigfoot.
Beautiful hike, several falls, and all along a very pretty creek. The last pasty of the hike, the assent to the actual laurel falls, was fairly steep. Also, within the first .2 miles, before you arrive at the mine, there is a small trail that cuts off and up to the right, it takes you to another small waterfall, and some beautiful rocks. If you go further up these rocks there will be a cave, worth the small detour!
Great hike, I'll be coming back.
Mara G. on Laurel-Snow Trail to Laurel Falls
I used to go to school in Dayton and went hiking out here all the time. This is one of my favorite places to hike. Took the pup out there today for the first time. She had a blast. The weather was perfect for taking pictures of the waterfalls. I didn't go all the way up to Laurel or Snow with her. The bridge is out and you can either be creative trying to cross it or just cross the creek and didn't feel like dealing with it with Silver. They have water again now that it has rained some and was flowing pretty nice. Still down enough that getting to some places was really easy. Also they just added gravel to the drive in, which flattened out the potholes and made it a much better drive in than just a month ago.
The trail is gorgeous. My friend and I talked to a park ranger who knew the history of the area. He told us about the mine, which was closed down in 1920. He talked about the remains of the train track that runs through the park, which was used to haul the coal out. He talked about how Dayton used to get its water from the stream up there and that is why you'll see a large pipe in the ground on the trail. He also warned us of the snakes, cugars, bears, and mine ventilation shafts that would drop a hundred feet. But then he got to the real danger... Big Foot roams these trails. Yes, he really did warn us about Big Foot. It was enough to make my day.
The trail is definitely worth visiting. You'll probably get lost a few times, but it's worth it.