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11 hours ago

Great "short" hike! Be prepared that after going up there is a steep descent - I'm 5'1" so this was where the scramble started for me. The last portion up to the Arch was exhausting after doing the descent but it is totally doable! I usually think going down is hard but this was pretty easy most of the way back out - didn't need my poles. Started at 7am on a Monday - there was parking and most of the way the trail was pretty free of crowds until the last part down, maybe around 10am ish. Shade most of the way but still felt the heat.

I will say this is more of a moderate than easy. It's pretty straight up, a lot of stairs and rocks to climb up and about half way down. Then the other half down is more like a walking trail, that part is easy but our legs were tired so it was a nice break. It was tiring but a nice distance being only 3.5 miles or something. Good view of mountains on one side and boulder on the other. We enjoyed it and then iced our feet in the boulder creek after which was just 5 mins away.

Great trail if you are up for some up hill hiking. Beautiful views all the way up the trail.

A fun hike, but definitely on the more difficult side of moderate. We'd researched and knew to start left to get the more difficult part up front. It's a steep incline, and when dry, slippery, appropriate shoes are a must!

The East Ridge descent is more technical than we were prepared for. Its narrow in parts and you're essentially free climbing down.

The trail is heavily trafficked. We went with 7 kids aged 1.5-6, we moved at our own pace and made excellent use of the stream at the end, to cool down!

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18 hours ago

Perfect way to see gorgeous scenery

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21 hours ago

Amazing! Get out early

23 hours ago

1 day ago

Went out early- good call... saw some people on the trail, not too many to be crowded. Beautiful. Well kept.

Very intense hike but with views that are gorgeous and a full 360 degrees. Make sure your keep hiking/climbing once you've reached the top. We saw many people thought they reach the top and hike back down when in reality there was a bit of trail left that's almost hidden. When you climb some intense rocks and find yourself at the highest point, you've made it!

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