Walls of Jericho Trail

HARD 242 reviews

Walls of Jericho Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hytop, Alabama that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1696 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

washed out

40 seconds ago

One of the better trails near Huntsville. Pretty crowded when the weather is nice, which is not always fun. The hike in is exceptionally easy as it is pretty much all downhill until you reach the valley floor where the creek is. The first creek crossing on the timber is a great picture, and when the water is up it's a fun place to play. The hike into the gorge is easy as well, though there are some spots that you'll need to watch your small children as there is a drop off as the trail changes elevation several times.
The swimming area is paradise, and is well worth the hike in. But I've spoken to so many people who don't realize there is another waterfall back up in the bowl area. It requires a little bit of scrambling over two areas but the payoff is worth it. The waterfall falls into a grotto-type area and you can climb down and take a dip into the water. Very enclosed environment, and very cool.
The hike out is ALL uphill, but nothing too crazy. Your choice...take your time and enjoy, or pick up the pace for a great cardio challenge.
Pro Tip: If you've got a day to spare and get there early enough, instead of taking the trail, when you reach Clark Cemetery, walk the creek to the swimming area. It takes longer and requires some fitness, but holy crap! There are areas in the creek that no one knows exist, and you can play and take pics in some pretty wild areas. It's a challenge, but for those that like adventure and getting off the beaten path, is truly amazing.

hiking
23 hours ago

backpacking
1 day ago

hiking
3 days ago

so pretty didn't want to leave

hiking
5 days ago

camping
8 days ago

Amazing hike , camp, and views . A group of us went into the walls and did a little swimming ( Warning: Extremely Cold!) and exploring . Again beautiful views and good challenging hike!

backpacking
11 days ago

Fantastic Boy Scout backpacking excursion in June 2017. Lincoln Co. Troop 489 camped by the 1st of 2 creek bridges (logs). Many maps don't show that there are 2. Likely not an approved site near quiet cold water (if on a bit of a slope). Saw the campsite near Clark Cemetery the next day as we hiked further into the canyon. Great time! Scouts (and scouters) were exhausted with backpacks. Bring more water than you think or better yet, bring a sawyer. Plenty of cool water sources if you have a good filter.

hiking
14 days ago

Really dry. Creek was mostly dried up. Still a nice swimming hole, but no waterfall.

hiking
26 days ago

Gotta go back to finish. Definitely harder than it looks with a kid strapped to your back. Mostly uphill on the way out.

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

This was an awesome trail. Don't be fooled by the lovely hike down, going back up will take some stamina. Trail is slick close to the water fall but worth it anyway. The swimming hole is great and also beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Very challenging coming back up.

1 month ago

relatively sightless hike down unless you love staring at trees, a little tough hiking back up to the trail head, tons of bugs including a couple hornets. but my goodness i cannot wait to go back ! it takes some coaxing but when she gives up her secrets it is awe-insiring . recommend hiking up the river bed as far as your skill level allows, so worth it

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked it on the 4th of July. It was a little treacherous towards the end due to the strong rain storm earlier in the day. I blew out the sole in my old boots so I could not make the final climb past the swimming hole. Shoe became too slick. But I will do the hike it again. It is well worth your time. It is a great adventure if you take your time. Trail is well marked. Was very slippery but still manageable. Be prepared for this trip and if you are not in good shape you may not enjoy it. The descent of course becomes the assent and it is over 1000 feet. It will test your limits somewhat so be ready. I am 61 and I did it in 5 1/2 hours with a stop at the swim hole for about 40 min.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. The only downside was the trail was extremely slippery in certain areas. My 57 yo dad and I still made it to the falls and out in around 5 hours with a 30 minute lunch break. I would love to do it again but next time I plan to camp.

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1 month ago

Challenging but a great hike

hiking
1 month ago