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Great beautiful trail with a nice variety of terrain, gorgeous views, and plenty of wild flowers. Lost the trail briefly at the highest peak. Could use some tail markers. All Trails app helped us get back on track pretty quickly. We highly recommend this hike!

Definitely not a moderate hike. More difficult than that. Half of the loop is basically bouldering up a mountain. Would not recommend to people with children or older folks. Put your dogs in boots as the rocks very very hot and can cause blistering on their paws. Also our GPS says 5.8 miles, not 4.5.

GPS said 5.8 miles. Beautiful hike! We did it clockwise and it was a bit rough going down the rocky side. Next time we'll try counter clockwise! So many amazing views!

walking
18 days ago

Nice quick trail. The falls and the creek are quite nice. Totally worth the half hour.

Wonderful flowers all along the trail. Doable with kids (8, 9,12 years old) (6/27)

The path around the lake is a little difficult to find and navigate, pretty unmaintained and rocky. But the hike is really beautiful and worth the uphill climb! Easily marked trails leading up to the lake! Stop at the Gray Eagle lodge on after your hike and have a beer or a glass of wine!

Great hiking today.

This app said 4.5 miles but my gps said 5.8.

This was a nice quick one. It has a great view of the waterfall which we caught in the late afternoon with the sun behind the falls. It is gorgeous at that time. There are great views of the valley driving up to it from the north side.

I love these Falls! Beware though there is still a lot of snow...we parked a mile away from start of trail. Not by choice. Walked a mile in snow to trail head. I still very much enjoyed it! A few “trucks” got stuck trying to go further to trail. If you are up for the work out, go for it! We went on 4/14/18

3 months ago

Very short, paved trail to the falls, which are more of a cascade. Very pleasant, mostly shaded hike for those looking for a beautiful quick hike with lovely views of both the falls and the gorge below. Great for wheelchairs and scooters, though the last several yards to the viewing areas are not accessible. Our first time there was April of 2017, when the falls were roaring after a winter of massive snowfall, so I guess we’re spoiled now! Enjoy!

hiking
6 months ago

Very short hike along a paved path but we had the place to ourselves and there was enough good snow on the ground for a good old snowball fight.

All trails direction sends you up the main road past the Frazier Falls turnoff sign. that road is blocked. we doubled back and took the brown Frazier Falls sign turnoff. that road is a bit icy in places. driveable though.

plenty of picnic tables and benches.

Agree, this is an EASY rating. It’s a short hike on a decent path with a nice photo opportunity at the end of it. A good one for those who are physically less able. Be forewarned it can get more windy / cool than is felt at the car park.

There's no water flowing but it's a. Ice hike. Quick and easy.

hiking
9 months ago

What a great day. Doing this one again for sure. Maybe hiking boots next time.

hiking
10 months ago

I would not rate this a moderate trail. Majority of trail is uphill on loose rocks and there are several series of bolder steps with a twelve to eighteen inch vertical step. Thank heavens the water was so refreshing once we made it to Smith lake for a quick dip.

hiking
11 months ago

We took a variation of the All Trails Gray Eagle Creek/Waterfalls hike and turned it into a loop including Smith Creek and Smith Lake. This ended up being a fairly strenuous hike, at least more so than we had counted on. After starting on the Gray Eagle Creek trail we took the cut off that goes over to the Smith Creek trail. This trail goes up and over a ridge with a few nice views on the way. Then we walked toward Smith Lake on the Smith Creek trail - upstream and uphill all the way through forested area. The Creek is pretty as it tumbles down with several small cascading falls but it would have been prettier if we had seen them walking downhill. We side tripped to Smith Lake then came back and crossed the bridge and went down the Smith Lake trail to the parking area not far from Gray Eagle lodge, picked up the Gray Eagle Creek trail to head back to where we started. Great views of the area from the top of the Smith Lake trail. If I were to do it again I'd make it a point to point by taking the Smith Lake trail up to the lake and the Smith Creek trail all the way to Mohawk/Plumas Pines.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. my 4 yr olds first backpacking trip. we camped at long lake eventhough it was "restricted". my son was too tired to hike out. this would have been nice to know before we got up there. We did some swimming. no luck with the fishing.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Some shade, but wear sun screen.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Very easy, paved trail suitable for wheelchairs. Excellent viewing platforms. Summer of 2017 will be a great time to see this waterfall, with the huge snowpack and runoff.

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

We tried to hike this trail Saturday before mother's day may 13th 2017 and could only get to a mile or so from the trail head due to snow.
So we were not able to complete the hike.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Decent trail, but due to the Frazier Creek Road still being closed (May 4, 2017) due to 2-4 feet of remaining snow and several mature trees fallen over the road it was a 5-mile snowshoeing trek for me. Do NOT believe the "accessible year around" claim.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This hike was incredible. Highly recommended. Gorgeous lakes, places to relax, views... just perfect.

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Gorgeous views, wonderful hike.
Depending on time of year it can be very windy. Carry plenty of water for the backside as the only access to the lake is a short distance.

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

Perfect hike for kids!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

My husband and I found this hike while traveling CA 89! It's an amazing short 1 mile around trip hike! There is also a lot of opportunity to go off trail and explore the wilderness.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beautiful trail, very easy, with the reward of a lovely waterfall and viewing deck. Must do early Spring (snow patches) through mid-summer (the falls dry up). The ADA accessibility is a unique element, obviously making it more crowded, but not at all challenging for hiker types. It's still worth it for all nature lovers and serves as a very inclusive activity.

The only reason I give it 4 stars is because of the negligence of the dog owners as far as disposing of their waste. I was shocked at how many "baggies" and "piles" there were along the trails. Shameful!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Did this trail today for the first time...WOW!! WHAT A GORGEOUS TRAIL!" I highly recommend doing this simply enjoyable "stroll" to see the waterfall(best in springtime), you won't regret it. Bring a lunch, there are picnic tables and nice bothrooms at the trail head. Benches along the paved path. Great for kid strollers, wheelchairs, and slow walkers/small children.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Really enjoyed the hike with family. beautiful scenery.

walking
Monday, July 18, 2016

We have done this trail 3 times. It is perfects for all ages, and is ADA compatible with black top trail. However, there are opportunities to get off the paved walkway and actually climb. Especially if you want to stand on top of the falls!

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

A beautiful hike with a gradual grade over an occasionally rocky path. This is NOT a wheelchair accessible trail. Good trail for hiking boots because of the terrain and the occasional creek crossings. Highly recommended!

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