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Julie B. on Rift Valley Loop Trail
Fun and flowy. Great open space for dogs.
We read the reviews (which mentions that small kids and elderly people can easily walk this trail) and that it was rated at level 'easy.' We expected a paved walk, but it was gravel. We understand kids can walk it because it's flat and it's not like you have to do rockclimbing, but looking back we didn't think it was super easy. We took a few hours getting to the waterfall and back, so that alone for us made it harder than easy (but not challenging either). We walked during the hottest part of the day and we had to take some breaks.
Views were great, plants and mountains beautiful, nice breeze. Our favorite part was walking back when the sun was going down. Take flashlights just in case you hang out at the waterfall longer than you expected. Waterfall, by the way, is maybe half a meter wide, at most, when we went there in March. People without this app asked us where to go a few times.
Completed this trail for the first time today. It's been on my list after La Luz and Pino. Took about 3.5 hours to get to the top including breaks and being ~sidetracked~ for about 30 minutes. If you have a great eye for your trail and a great sense of direction, you should be okay. However, if you are like me, it's a good idea to check the app periodically. There are definitely some confusing areas. Not my favorite when it comes to views, but overall, it was an awesome time and a killer workout. Check it out for sure!
I'm a 53-year-old man who's not in the best of shape, but I was able to do this hike. I listened to my body, when it said break, I broke. Tricky knees and back made going downhill almost slower than up, so the whole trip took me five hours. But was it ever worth it! Beautiful scenery, even a few weeks before Spring. This West Texas resident was glad he made the effort!
I did spend a good while in a hot tub at the hotel when I got back.
Melissa N. on Sierra Del Cristo Rey
this was a wonderful trail for a beginner like myself! and the view from the top is amazing!!