The Riverside is an easy trail. At the end of the Riverside trail, one can begin to hike the narrows by simply following the river. We hiked the river about 2.5 miles passed the fork where we first chose to go right (Orderville Canyon) where the water is warmer, then tracked back to the fork and briefly peeked at what the left fork offered before heading back to the Riverside trail. Fantastic hike, and my 5 y/o thoroughly enjoyed the entire 5+ miles of hiking in the river.

The first time we attempted to hike the narrows, our hike was cut short due to rain (hazardous due to possible flash flood). So we returned 6 years later to continue what we had started. So worth it, and we can't wait to do it again!

Didn't rent shoes, but we did bring walking sticks, which are really, really helpful. We hiked in July and the water is cool, but not too cold. I had no issues hiking in my Keen sandals until we enter Orderville Canyon, where tiny pebbles got stuck in my sandals a few times.