Okay, new favorite hike. Except my friend and I were grossly underprepared for how much water we needed. We hadn’t really researched this hike before hand and thought it was much shorter than it was. However, going the extra mile(s) (LITERALLY) made all the difference. It was so worth it even though I can’t move today. Perfect Mt. Timp. training(which is what we’re doing). There are parts where you have to practically boulder. So be prepared for your arms to get a work out as well, especially if you’re shorter like me. Bring LOTS of water. We spent the entire day, from 6:30am-8:30pm hiking and exploring the trails off it and the waterfalls., making our hike at least 9.5 miles long. We were taking lots of breaks for fuel and hydration. If you go when it’s super hot like we did, make sure you dip your hat in the water anytime the river meets the trail. For me, this is the hardest hike, or even any kind of physical activity, I have ever done. To be able to accomplish it made me feel really great about myself because I actually had it in me to do something this hard. Every step of the way is worth it, bringing all new kinds of beauty.