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Hiked today and loved the views and greenery. Also the rocks and boulders along the paths were fun to climb on. The weather was amazing!

Great trail. Parking could be a problem in the summer. The road where you turn for the trailhead is a parking area for an Episcopal church in Valle Crucis. Parking is very limited. It was fine in March, but probably not in the summer months. The trail is well maintained and the falls are beautiful!

Almost died so damn cold. I don't know why anyone would go up on to the mountain. It basically bent me and my friends over and raped us.

One of the more challenging hikes in the area, but well worth it 100%. You'll feel like you HIKED when you're finished. Beautiful views up top and amazing scenery along the way, all while getting a good workout

We brought our dogs and it was a fabulous hike! Three short ladders to get to the top. Very good leg workout! We loved the hike. Definitely took all day for us.

Sunny February day with some ice and slippery mud along the way, that caused this old guy a couple falls... but otherwise great! Terrific trail... looking forward to doing ​it again in the spring without the ice.

This would be awesome place to cool down in the summertime

Hiked it yesterday for the first time, overall it's a great trail! It was very muddy but it stopped being muddy towards the top. The views were simply amazing. Wouldn't call the waterfall a waterfall. But other than that I completely recommend this trail. The last stretch really works your legs.

Due to heavy winds and clouds I didn't get to see the view from the top. Very slick and muddy. Don't recommend going in winter, but I will be going back again when the weather is nicer as the path up was gorgeous.

Simply breathtaking loved every foot step of it it was very challenging but once you get on top or at the profile view it makes it worth all the sweat and sore feet simply amazing 