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on Mingo Falls Trail

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Nice hike. Took about 1:05 one way. Trail fairly busy and very rocky at times. Nice view from the top. Good workout. Pack a snack and eat at the top.

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10 days ago

Not a bad trail. Moderate rating is correct! Be ready to climb hills, but it's not steep. At a pretty steady incline. Went while it was raining. Beautiful even with clouds, fog, and rain. Parts of the trail do flood though, so if you go when it rains, prepare for wet feet!

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14 days ago

Having read other reviews I agree with most of them. However my experience was that only one stream required removal of shoes but it had been dry lately. Fortunately had river shoes in backpack. Also signing seemed clear to me and trail was obvious. Didn't see any blazes on trees but trail really didn't need them since there were really no side trails per se. Only places that would had any doubt had the signs. There was one other crossing with a dangerously wobbbly footbridge but fortunately there was a large tree that had fallen near it which allowed me to crawl across. Mileage of 7.8 seemed accurate. Glad took loop clockwise because was able to get the harder inclines out of the way and the last quarter of loop was near creeks and mostly flat and very enjoyable. Always rather end a hike on an enjoyable note. No scenic views of mountainsides but hike had all other things that make a hike enjoyable usually. About halfway point despite trying to be noisy came around a curve and surprised a large black bear. The bear seemed scared at first and scampered up high side of ridge above trail only to stop only 20 foot above the trail and myself and turned head to look back at me. Contrary to usual advice on this matter I didn't back away since we were already beside each other but quickly walked on. When I got about 30 Feet away the bear came back across the trail and went down the ridge in the direction of where the trail curved to but I continued to be noisy and fortunately never saw bear again. Later after finishing hike drove down the road to the valley to see more than a dozen elk.

Was a nice flat trail . Nice trail to just relax and admire the beauty of the mountain valley !