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Ran this for the first time yesterday, headed clockwise. The trails themselves weren't too strenuous, but are quite technical with various rocks and roots along a majority of this section. I wore minimalist shoes and made it through, but thicker soles are almost obligatory.

I downloaded the map after reading some reviews, but it wasn't really necessary. Cave creek was very easy to follow. The trail does disappear for a bit in a gnarly boulder garden where it meets up with Pinhoti, but there are blue blazes to find if you keep your head on a swivel.

Overall, very nice, technical trail with some decent climbs.

Challenging, but fun.

great walk

Beautiful hike with the cooler weather. Really nice when not overgrown. The creek is beautiful, and the kids really liked climbing around the boulders and rock gardens.

Only did the first half, but it sucked.
At first it showed promise but after a while the trail became less managed and the markers weren't very clear.
To be fair I haven't done the second half, so it may still be worth it.
But do not recommend

It has some very beautiful overlooks.
The only complaint is the trail needs to be a little more well managed

The trail has several overlooks that make this hike worth the effort. We went to McDill overlook and saw the plane wreckage along the way. We did have a couple of places along the trail that was not marked that well. When the trail went from being easily identified to crossing rocks it was rather difficult to follow. If it was marked closer at a couple of places I would have given it 5 but it is a great hike.

Beautiful Fall walk this morning

Really nice spot. Took 11, 9, and 3 yr olds and they all had a good time. Difficulty is what you make it. Somewhat steep track down a hill to the falls, the rocks on the stream can be tricky if you decide to play around on them, but nothing has to be too crazy if you don’t want it to be and you can still enjoy a great view and environment.

An easy trail that offers a journey through some of the popular areas of the park. Goes behind the lodge, through the picnic area, and by the observatory. Well marked with a couple beautiful overlooks.

Trail is exactly as advertised - flat, easy, well marked, and well maintained. Perfect easy hike or warm up. A few overlooks and covered benches along the trail. Views will be best after the leaves fall.


It’s fine.!

9 days ago

This isn’t going to give you big inclines, but it was surprising to see some of the drop offs down to creeks and nice lush growth on both sides of clean singletrack. You actually feel as though you’re “getting away” for a short time.

I guess all I can say is I’m surprised, I expected it to be more walking on orange dirt made for golf carts. Instead, it was mostly very nice trails through forest. I’ll be back.

The volunteers have really done an amazing job of trail maintenance and choosing the track.

This trail is AWESOME! Lots of different areas to see. Some trails were steep and difficult but that's what we loved. Beautiful place. The owners are so friendly accommodating. The trail does have bathrooms and water stations but it still makes you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. We will be going back.

13 days ago

Easy hike with only a few inclines. Easily connects to white and rec.

13 days ago

Peaceful. Only on elevation change. You can continue in white or yellow trails if you want to go farther.

Awesome place .We have been here several times but on this weekend we did a 3 day hike ..We started at the Randolf trailhead .Took the 202,209,and the 200 the first day .In which we figured was around 9.5 miles to where we camped for the night ..The next morning we finished the 200 to the 224,204,204b and then set up camp at the crossing with the 209..We figured this to be around 9.5 miles as well ..This spot next to the river is, in my opinion, the best camp spot Ive found In the Sipsey.. The next morning we packed up and followed the 209 to the 201...Finding the 201 is pretty tough if youve never been here.. Signs are not real clear here ..The trail ,once you cross the river an go right for about 40 yards , will actually go left straight up the hill on the other side ..The beginning of the 201 is a tough one too, but fun and beautiful like all the others here .The 201 took us back to the truck .For what we figured to be around 6 miles ,making the total trip around 24 to 25 miles and the end of an awesome weekend ..Each trail on this loop is unique in its own way..I would say of all these trails ,the 224 would be an easy trail (especially if you went south east on it..It all be down hill ) ..The 204b would be the hardest by far .It can test you for sure .One of my favorites so far . I will definately be back .And looking foward to doing more of the nothern trails ..

Beautiful views once you get to the top from both sides of the mountain! Definitely plan to do this trail again.
We had some confusion about .5 miles in on what direction to take. Once you make it up the incline you come to a T on the path. You need to go right. There is a diamond marker sign to the left which took us in the wrong direction. I think that takes you back down. You can veer off before the T and we may have missed a marker at the 1st path.

tricky for me but the waterfall is worth it

Great park in the city, good for all skill levels.

We went originally in January and was partially frozen and absolutely beautiful! Went again today, October 29th and the fall colors are just starting to come alive. Really enjoyed exploring

Beautiful hike!!

15 days ago

Decent trail through the woods. Not just a whole lot to look at. About half way we lost the trail. Had to climb up a super steep area to follow all trails app and stay on the right path. It’s not marked well at all during that one spot where the trail almost seems gone. Waterfall was pretty. I’m sure much prettier when it has rained.

Arrived and was told by Ranger we couldn't use the trail unless we are camping here.

I day-hiked this trail today (10/25/18) and really enjoyed it. It has some great scenery and the water supply is abundant. It’s a shame that some folks litter and don’t exercise any respect for the outdoors & nature. I will say that the majority of the litter was around “the swimming hole”. I do plan to return and hike this trail again and also do some camping.

Easy 7 mile hike/walk. Had to stop several times to remove gravel from my shoes though.

23 days ago

Had a fabulous overnight out on this section of trail. Stayed at the shelter there by the dam. Beautiful area!

Me and my 8 year old son hiked this loop. There were some deadfalls in Whiteoak hollow and in the canyon leading to Big Tree. Being a wet summer the creeks were still full in June and the waterfalls were flowing. After hiking over the hill and heading down leads past some beautiful waterfalls. After hiking to the Big Tree and playing in the creek we were glad to take the longer but a lot easier route out. My 8 year old did not want to cross back over the hill. To me this is the best route to the big tree due to it short length and beautifull scenery. If you have the stamina it can be shorter by just hiking back over the hill as you came in. The trail up Whiteoak Hollow and over the hill was well worn for not being an official trail. The trail took us just under 6 hours. That is with a couple of rests, a good bit of time spent playing in the water at the big tree, and about 45 minutes cooling off in Thompson Creek next to Needles Eye.

23 days ago

Chose this trail because it had no pictures and only one review. So glad I did. I followed the loop counterclockwise. Eventually the trail descended slightly through a canyon — slippery when wet. At the bottom you’ll see water to the left and large rock formations to the right. Follow the trail inland until there are more rock formations of even greater magnificence off to the left. The falls are straight ahead shortly thereafter.

I’m not so sure this trail really is a loop like the map shows. After resting and enjoying the sound of the falls I attempted to continue the loop and ended up just drudging SW through incommodiously fallen trees until I rejoined the straightaway portion of the trail. Would’ve been better off turning around at the falls and exiting the way I entered. Not sure who is more tired, me or my dog.

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