DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,151 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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hiking
17 days ago

Honestly this is one of our favorite hikes, and no it's not closed nor should it be. Nobody on the trail and the view are spectacular. That said, since the road has been washed out you need to find a way to cross the creek bed. If you go into the first campsite on the left as you turn right down the dirt road after entering the main gate (they are all closed anyway so don't worry about people there), you will see some small logs to get across the river and it's easy from there. If you find yourself down the dirt road to the washed out bridge, you have gone too far. Once crossing the creek bed, you will see the sign to the trail just ahead of you (may be to the right a little). The first 1/2 mile of the trail isn't super maintained, but still ok. The hike is hard, but the worst part is the elevation change and the loose gravel you run into the last 1/2 mile of the hike. Be careful because it is loose shale rock, coming down is the worst. Take hiking poles, that will help a lot. The views at the end are well worth it, and it really doesn't matter what you think the "Ark" is, the entire view is breathtaking. Take a phone or camera to get some good pics. Both my wife and I used are Garmin's and we got it at 3+ miles RT from the main road where you have to park to start the hike. We all love Kanaraville Falls, but this one doesn't cost you anything and there aren't tons of people. We are all fairly good hikers.