Great hike & beautiful. Ridiculously crowded this weekend. There is some rock scrambling which made me nervous with my 5 year old. Would definitely recommend this hike mid week or early morning.

Lovely hike, suitable for kids (our 8yr old loved it), but also enjoyable for adults. Quite crowded at around noon and after. And yes, some poop bags. Reservoir only a couple minutes beyond the waterfall. Definitely will come back.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Hiked Friday around 8:30am with no traffic on the way out and a handful of people on the way back. Beautiful fragrant trees and babbling brook. Trail has rocky patches with a bit of bouldering to see the waterfall and reservoir. Mostly shaded.

Nice trail with plenty of shade. Some parts were a little steep but nothing too bad. I was disappointed by the amount of trash by the bathroom and the bags of dog poop along the trail.

It’s a pretty hike! There was trash by the bathroom which was a disappointment for sure. The waterfall is pretty.

flooded
muddy
off trail
snow
3 days ago

I went up to Jasper lake via Devil's thumb trail, and took the same route back. it was fantastic, but lots of snow up top. prepare to get wet! the rivers and creeks are amazing right now

Beautiful trail but a super long walk to the trailhead since the road is closed! hard to find the actual trail as it is buried in snow but a SUPER pretty hike once you do! follow the footsteps (:

Really wonderful trailhead! We were camping up at the west side of the reservoir and thought we could cut across the forest to get to the end of the trail, working our way back to the waterfall from the camping area- DO NOT DO THIS. Even if you're camping and the two points (campsite and waterfall) seem so close, it's nearly impossible and took us over 2 hours to cross a relatively short distance. The trail itself was beautiful, well-maintained, and short. The drive there is definitely difficult, and gets moreso if you choose to drive down to the reservoir to camp.

Short, beautiful, easy hike through a forest that runs along a stream. As other hikers suggested, would definitely recommend extending your hike to the reservoir. It’s a little bit of a scramble to get down to the waterfall, but worth the trek.

Beautiful trail! Easy and short, but beautiful scenery. Walked up to get to the bottom of the waterfall then continued down to the reservoir. The only negative is the road to get there is a little bumpy.

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closed
muddy
snow
5 days ago

Beautiful trail. As mentioned on previous reviews you have to hike to the trailhead from the lot because the gate is closed, but it’s a pretty easy hike. Awesome views. Definitely a good bit of snow in some spots but nothing too bad. Brainard lake is mostly thawed but long and Isabelle are still frozen as of yesterday. Didn’t see anyone having any luck fishing.

Great trail to start out with, went all the way down to the reservoir. My 8 month old pup enjoyed it.

Good trial. Will be amazing in Fall with all the aspens. Worth the extra work to walk past the falls to the lake.

This trail is gross, overcrowded and dangerous. Garbage everywhere. A hassle parking. Yahoos shooting guns at beer bottles in the woods. My dog cut his pad on broken glass. We went on a Tuesday afternoon and the trail was bumber to bumper. The trail is surrounded by fire roads open to motor vehicles, so the sounds of hot-rodded off road vehicles interrupts any sounds of nature. This is about as far from a nature escape as you can get.

We took our 5 month old pup and this was the perfect hike. Plenty of shade, very well navigated path, a few rock scrambles to make you feel like it was an adventurous hike. Plus, just past the waterfall, the lake was beautiful. A great place for families to stop and take a break. I would recommend this hike for anyone with kids or visitors from out of town. Parking was full but we also went in the afternoon on Memorial Day- so to be expected!

Beautiful and easy trail. We went on Memorial Day morning with our 3 year old and 5 year old. It was not too busy on the way in, but got busier on the way out.

Great trail. Arrive early to get good parking and to enjoy the trail with little to no people. I loved that the trail was next to the water the entire time. Very quaint. Kid friendly.

hiking
snow
7 days ago

Currently no fee due to the gate being closed. Walked on the road for around 3 miles to the trailhead. Stay to the right at the end. Did it with micro spikes and poles and didn’t have many issues. Lake is still frozen!

8.4/10 Made it roughly 6 miles in counter clockwise and lost the trail. Snow is formidable but not impassable. Would recommend showing up early for parking as others mention. Wildlife is spectacular and after a couple miles past the split crowds thin out. Will be back to complete in Augus

This was an absolutely beautiful hike! Short and sweet, shaded and accompanied by a lovely babbling brook. The rock scramble near the waterfall was fun and there were several different places to pull off to photograph the waterfall. My favorite part was the reservoir! Foot traffic thinned out quit a bit and the views were spectacular. My only complaint is that the trail was packed with visitors and it was near impossible to maintain adequate social distance on the narrow trails. We went at 8:45am on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend though so perhaps it's better during the week. Also - we had to drive on 6 miles of bumpy dirt road to get to the trailhead. If you don't have 4x4 I wouldn't recommend making the drive in wet or snowy conditions.

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