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Beatiful and great for kids

Had my 18lb pack on. Tough w pack but views definitely worth the climb

11/5/17: Nice trail. Not too intense. Enjoyable. Waterfalls are gorgeous.

Pretty trail...it's either up or down (and some steep), not much flat. Made it easily with kids 9, 7, & 4. Falls are .5 miles in. Waterfall had lots of places to play and explore and we can easily see ourselves coming back in the summer to take a dip.

Strenuous, technical, rocky and steep hike, bring some food and water, shaded most of the way and you are immersed in the forest until you get to the summit- there are a couple of small viewing platforms at the top. Beautiful quartz to see along the way- brand new, clean trailhead bathrooms and parking area. Get your miles in!!

Took just under 5 hours round trip from new parking lot to peak, including a stop at peak to rest and grab a snack. Great trail, but very rocky/steep near top. Bottom 1-1.5 miles is pretty easy. Great hike, not too challenging, but left us pretty sore the next day!!

Tough hike (about 3 hours each way) but well worth it. Went first week of October and the colors were amazing