We couldn’t find the trail near the creek. We had to turn around.

Wonderful trail!! My family of 6 hiked it today!! Kids Ages are 12, 9, 9 & 6 so it was definitely kid friendly! Water fall was dry but the walk there and back was beautiful! Plenty of shade along nearly the entire trail! Wold definitely recommend!!

An awesome loop. Definitely recommend All Trails to keep you on the right trails.

Great trail! Definitely good if you can download the map. Almost got turned around a few times but still not bad. Much longer than listed. I had it at 13 miles. Worth it though. Will probably do this one again Only two water crossing and really only one short steep section.

I thoroughly enjoyed this trail and the wilderness it traverses. It was May 16th when I explored it. The most unexpected thing I experienced on it was the variety of incredible smells. I can’t even put a name to most of them but my olfactory was happy as hell. Also the water was very clear, a great temperature, and a large portion of the water bottom is sandy.

Beautiful trail. No rain for several days so the mud was minimal. Not too difficult to navigate.

This is a good, long trail. A lot of flat walking until you get done closer to the campground. The campground is a cute little rounded area with a bench made from a log and some rocks. Has a campfire area with rocks. The waterfall isn’t that big but still nice. We made this trail today specifically for the two cemeteries and they are lovely and well maintained. We went down to the waterfall and back and clocked it at 6.82 miles.

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1 month ago

This trail is great and challenging. We hiked about 4.3 miles and then camped overnight, and hiking the remaining 5.8 miles the next day. Two significant river crossing, so bring shoes that can get wet. Pretty difficult in some parts but very fun. Hiked about 10 miles total (not 8.8). Also pretty populated on sunny weekends

Amazing hike! We clocked it at 11.1, not 8.8 Great campsites on the 209 about 5-6 miles in. Will have to cross the river twice, make sure to download the maps before!!!!! No cell service!

We took the 201 trail by mistake and hiked 2 1/2 miles till intersection of 206/209 trail. Took 209 for 1/2 mile down to sipsey river which was wide and pretty. Met a few people coming down 201 also. I had no reception (Verizone) to use all trails when we parked or we would have gone 202. So we had no idea we were doing a 6 mile hike!!!!! We thought it was a 3 mile hike! We were both dead tired! We are both 70.

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1 month ago

Great trail. The creek was down a bit and. The mud was deep to cross the creek. Next time I’ll look a bit closer on a better path to cross the creek. We ran out of time and didn’t get all the way to the waterfall. This hike to get to the waterfall is longer than suggested. We did 5.6 and didn’t see it. We will be back though when we have more time!

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1 month ago

There's a lot to like about this trail: just enough of an elevation gain getting to and from the river to make it interesting, an absolutely gorgeous route that takes you right along the Sipsey River for most of the hike, and plenty of established campsites along the way if you're looking to do some backpacking. And, while others have rightly noted the lack of blazes (it is the wilderness, after all), the trail is reasonably easy to follow. That said, there are a few things that I'd offer as a word of caution: - When I went, admittedly it had rained the night before. However, especially down near the river it was horrendously muddy. I don't usually mind a bit of mud, but this was to the point of being fairly hazardous, and at times I would classify my activity as "skiing" rather than "hiking". I lost count of how many times I busted it, and was acutely aware that, being out solo, busting it wrong could leave me in quite a pickle. Trekking poles would definitely have helped, or better yet just plan your trip for more than 6 hours after it finishes raining. - There were a *lot* of blowdowns (many fairly recent), to the point that I want to look and see if I might've been seeing some tornado damage. I was able to get over all of them, but just be ready to do a bit of climbing. - There are two water crossings - basically, you get down to the river, cross, spend most of the route on the opposite side of the river from the trailhead, and come back. Even with the water being fairly high I had no issues getting across relatively dry after losing the legs of my convertible pants and putting on sandals, and I suspect you could get over on rocks if the water were lower. It was a bit cool when I was there, but would have been awfully pleasant in the summer. Feature rather than bug for me, but all that to say I'd plan to do some wading if you're doing this trail. One final note: others have rightly noted that the distance listed is laughably wrong, some of which seems to be the result of the AT route not actually following the trail. I clocked in at 10.7 miles following the trail pretty closely, and have suggested an update accordingly.

This is a great trail and relatively easy hike. I attempted it on the day after a big rain and the river was high and the trail was hard to find when I got to the river, so I did not make it to the mapped falls. I did find the other waterfall mentioned in the other reviews and it, alone, was worth the hike. This is a great trail for any age and experience level hiker.

Did this loop today. First time in the Sipsey Wilderness and definitely not the last. I am curious if anyone else had issue with the length of this loop? App says 8.7 miles. I used GPS tracking with my Fitbit and iPhone, and I ended up at 13.6. Pretty big difference and I only made a couple of very short wrong turns (like maybe 200 yards total). Can’t wait to do some overnight backpacking out there.

Most of the trail on the old roadbed is flat then about a quarter of it is easy hiking trail, lots of history on this trail with the old cemetery and abandoned car next to the large Oak. Very scenic, definitely worth the hike!

Great Hike! Be ready to get wet.

For those remarking that there are no blazes, this is a wilderness area, there will be NO blazes.

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2 months ago

To white falls and valentine pool was a 7.5 mile hike round trip. This description says a 5.3 so not accurate. Great waterfalls and beautiful sipsey experience. Counted 9 varieties of wildflowers blooming along the water.

Not well marked, and if you miss the trail at the river crossing (which is high this time of year) be prepared to bush whack. There are some really nice water falls along the way. I’d recommend just going on 201 and turning around at the river.

Extra note, forgot to mention in previous review: There is trail that continues across the creek that we did not take...I think it meets up with other trails as part of loop, not sure though.

This place is incredible! True wilderness. Only issue I had with this loop was the lack of blazes. It’s easy to turned around if you don’t have a detailed map.

Great trail. Poorly blazed but very easy to navigate and well maintained. Tip on staying right at the campsite was very helpful. Did not make to falls due to a late start on the trail and running out of daylight. Might go back in future for an overnight though.

Nice trail- first part is on an old logging road. Just as the logging road ends to go on the trail is Johnson Cemetery on both sides of the trail. Now on the trail hiking a good ways you will come across a nice size tree and will notice part of an old truck beside it. Moving on down the trail you will start down hill and come upon a campsite. Take the trail just before the campsite to the right, if you go through the campsite you will miss a nice waterfall and bluffs. (We missed going in). Follow the path just before the campsite and it will take you around to the river crossing.

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