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hiking
1 day ago

The trail is a bit hard to find at first but it’s a pretty loop around the lake.

mountain biking
blowdown
bridge out
closed
scramble
1 day ago

Was mountain biking this trail today during my lunch and discovered that someone has completely bulldozered the through the area and half the trail is gone. I love this trail as I live near it and would ride it on my lunch breaks. Now it is gone. All the punchy climbs, quick downhills with drops hear and there just gone. I saw a box turtle out there today and I just know their habitat is just demolished as well. So sad...

Overall it’s a good trail, but if you are looking for views of the lake... there aren’t many on this trail. To my [fallible] count there were only three unobstructed views of it on the trail. It is beautifully wooded with lots of pines and has short cuts on the trail if you don’t want to do the whole thing.

Easy walking and paved, took my dog and we didn’t have any problems. There’s a bunch of baby ducks down by the bridges at the end of the trail that would be fun for kids to see. Also lots of turtles sun bathing and plenty of bird watching

Well marked and well maintained. We hiked 4.5 miles around the trails and were pleasantly surprised by the quality. Some decent elevations made for a nice moderate hike.

nice easy trail. very shady with beautiful trees.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail. Nicely shaded and slightly hilly for variety. Great for kids and the length was perfect.

Easy hike mostly along creek. Only challenge is that you need to cross the creek. It was knee deep the day we went. Sandy bottom so just took off socks and shoes and held them as I crossed. The trails down to bottom of falls is closed. Only got a partial view through the trees.

The trail was closed.

We went the long way around.

Super clean, very easy to hike. Lovely in the shade.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

this guide says 2.7 miles but when I recorded the loop it was 3.2 miles. Good length for me but my kids were complaining a lot by the last extra half mile even with scooters. Was 90 degrees according to my car but pretty cool and shady on the paths, only sunny bits were when crossing the dam and the bridge across the lake. Some people brought bathing suits and were swimming by the dam. We went to the left from the parking lot and was maybe slightly less steep than the other way around.

Kind of hard to follow in places. Very muddy in some parts. Nice walk through the woods with some lake views

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

This trail was nicely wooded and shaded and cleared. It was a bit muddy. The worst part of this trail was there were many bikers and they were going so fast we nearly were run over on several occasions. One time One of the bikers made a rude comment about us even being on the trail as hikers. The signage clearly states that the bikers are to yield to the hikers, but some of the bikers didn’t seem to agree that should be the case. We would not come back to this trail.

Echt nett, viel Schatten, netter kleiner Bach, kurze steile Stücke bis zur tollen Aussichtsplattform.

Trail starts pretty easily, but poles and good shoes are recommended for the parts near the river. Multiple water crossings. Can be muddy in places. I like to go counter-clockwise new save the falls for last.

walking
2 days ago

lovely walk. busy trail.

We loved this streamside woodland path! Bring water shoes as you will cross several streams on your way to the falls. We initially got going down the wrong path- the trail heads Upstream and there is no placard indication, only spray paint red trail markers. We saw a variety of wildlife, and the waterfall only had a few couples in and out whilst we were there. Took our time in and out mesmerised by the beautiful fungi flora and fauna. Moderate difficulty, some climbing optional.

hiking
3 days ago

Overall, an awesome trail, considering that it's in the backyard of a tourist destination town! Remarkable solitude--I saw a total of 5 people in 5 hours on a gorgeous spring Sunday afternoon, and found a total of 1 piece of trash (above 1/2" in size) on the entire trail. Heavily shaded--no hat necessary! Wooded trail with huge trees and flowing stream with rocky cascades, and lots of flora but only a few long-range views. This was my first time on the trail, and I benefited greatly from the reviews of my predecessors. The trail is generally in excellent shape, fairly smooth (less rocky than most mountain trails) and easy to follow. I would offer the following pieces of advice: 1. trailhead is virtually impossible to find, tucked away in a residential area on a street (Laurel Lane) with an almost-invisible street sign. I had to rely on the GPS on the Alltrails Map/Record function. No wonder no one knows about this trail! 2. Parking at the trailhead is minimal; as others before me have done, I parked across the street in the Equestrian center which has tons of available space. 3. The trail is narrow, and you are frequently brushing against vegetation, much of which looks like poison ivy. I recommend long pants for that reason; would pre-treat socks/pants with permethrin to ward off ticks although I didn't find any on myself. 4. There are approximately 4 stream crossings each way, one of which I was unable to accomplish without submerging my high-top boot, which made for soggy slogging the remainder of the trip. Consider bringing water shoes and wading across in them, then switching back to your trail shoes or boots. Or maybe extra socks. 4. At about 1.9 miles into the hike, on the descent from the trailhead, there is an intersection with another trail (marked by the waypoint on the Alltrails map) where you need to bear left to stay on the China Creek Trail. It is even more deceptive on the way back up, where you have to bear right to stay on the China Creek Trail. Thankfully, a Good Samaritan had marked the spot with orange surveyor tape. 5. I found trekking poles somewhat helpful, both on the descent but more especially the ascent back up the trail. However, I think I could have gotten by without them ok. 6. Remember, this is an out-and-back trail which is 99% downhill (with occasional level areas) going in, and correspondingly all uphill on the way back. I did not find the grade severely challenging (I'm 64 years old)--it's not like climbing stairs for hours. However, plan your time accordingly--roughly double the time coming out as going in.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

I tried the bike trail with a 7 speed hybrid dual shock bike. Neither the bike nor I were up to it! the trail is fun, but very challenging. I ride Salem Lake and this is not even the same class of trail. Don’t be fooled! But, with proper equipment and more practice on trail riding, it would be super fun. I will say that post rainy week(s) May not be the best time. The trail was very muddy. Also, the trail is lined on both sides with poison oak. But, otherwise it was fun and if I ever upgrade my ride, I’ll give it another try!

This Trail is nothing less than spectacular!!! Chaco sandles were perfect as there are 6 or 7 river crossings and your feet are going to get wet. Start the trail by going RIGHT if you want a spectacular view of hiking up River.

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful trail! A bit crowded on Sat mid-morning. I ran the trail twice in a loop. I wish that on E John St there would’ve been a sidewalk all the way to S Trade St. I did my long run (6mi) and on John St had to cross the street twice and waited a long time to do so safely. I realize is not a big deal, but would be nice to make it a smooth loop

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