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Nice easy trail. Rushing river with a bridge to cross as soon as you begin. Beautiful hidden pond in the mountains and moss covered trees. Stairs for a good workout. Wild turkeys! The waterfall is indeed more of a trickle but is so easy to get to that there was no disappointment at all!
Okay I'm writing this from the view point of a dad with four kids. Parking was ample (Weekend around 1200). The visitors center was located at the hub of several trails and had bathrooms with running water. Make sure you check out the 3d model of Garland Ranch. The trails themselves were well maintained and provided amazing views of the valley. There were so many there that it seemed there was always an option to customize the route to make it easier or more difficult. This was great with the kids as they can be unpredictable.
The route we took actually included waterfall trail and parts of Lupine Loop, Hawk Trail, and Mesa Trail. The waterfall was only a trickle but was still pretty cool. It was also not that far of of walk from the visitor's center. All in all I highly recommend Garland Ranch for families. You really can't beat this for hiking with kids.
We hiked the short cut trail from the visitors center to maple canyon to fern trail to deer trail to sky trail to snivley's ridge to the summit, then back down Snivley Ridge to mesa to waterfall then back to the visitors center on lupine trail. This made for a large loop and no almost no back tracking! Our favorite. The Sky Trail and Snivley Ridge were very steep, but dry even with the recent heavy rain. We saw all ages on the steepest parts of the trail. We enjoyed walking through oak forests and views of the bay and ocean from the summit. The waterfall was lovely and flowing! The Sage Trail was closed between Fern and Sky requiring us to re-route. Meeting other people was rare on Snivley Ridge and Sky Trail.