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Nice paved, easy walk with mild hills. Especially lovely on a rainy day with an umbrella. Lots of foot traffic.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Such a great trail! We had a lot of fun exploring and scrambling at the top.

The hike itself was short. Depending on your fitness level it will probably take most between 45-75 minutes to get to the top. Dogs can do this trail no problem. There are also some scrambling/bouldering opportunities. Views are really nice. NO TRAIL MARKINGS WHATSOEVER SO PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU’RE GOING ON THE WAY UP.

Nice short walk, beautiful at sunset, the lakes were particularly pretty.

Nice trail. The main loop is a walk in the woods except for one dirt climb/slide. There are some unmarked side trails that lead to nice views and some rock scrambling. I saw nobody on the trails. The traffic sound was faint after the first cove.

on Elk Mountain Trail

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

A popular trail with great views on the way and at the top. It's pretty rocky the whole way.

backpacking
9 days ago

This trail is my testbed for new gear or when I’m trying to change my pack up a bit. It’s longer than what the app states here’s. The trail is more like 11miles. There are a lot of water sources along the trail so no need to carry more than a liter at a time unless you are actively looking for a good campsite. It has some pretty steep climbs but it’s not as difficult as people make it out to be. The steep climbs are not long. Anyone in avg condition should have no trouble completing the trail in a day if you start early. Don’t expect to complete it if you get an afternoon start.

There are black bears out there, however they should be the least of your worry. Ticks are more of a threat than the bears. Good food practice will keep rodents away from your campsite. Raccoons will steal your stuff lol. I keep all my food, wrappers, and anything with a scent in a hung bear bag downwind from camp.

I recommend this trail for backpacking weekend overnighters. Most people you see on the trail are day hiking the area near the park that overlooks the river. Once you get passed this part you don’t see a lot of people

Out and back trail.

Nature Center small, but nice. Staff was great! Great trails A, B, C.

hiking
10 days ago

Probably the best hike we did on our trip in terms of challenge and views. It’s definitely not easy though; I would rate it as moderate. Quite a few inclines and steep areas that get your breath short and heart rate up. There are lots of pretty views of the lake, streams and mini waterfalls throughout the hike. Took us about 3 hours to do the whole thing with stops for breaks and pictures.

Trail was wet after a good bit of rain. But pretty. A few spots were challenging uphill, but overall pretty moderate. Trail is well marked, but must pay close attention or you will be off the trail before you know it.

Very nice trail.

Very nice trail but we did Not cross the bridge on the highway because it's Very dangerous. There's No walkway or room for pedestrians.
I would recommend driving across and parking on other side.

Terrible for trail running. Seems like it was just built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers.

walked this in January, no bugs! besides the short walk across the bridge being pretty dangerous as there is no bicycle lane, especially with a dog, the trail was great! well marked, we had a blast

Over all pretty good trail but definitely would label moderate and not easy. There were many fallen trees and logs on the path and there was a very steep incline or decline, depending on which way you were going. Also at the beginning of the trail there is a split and you can go right or left, go left. The markers are for going that way (we went right, which also had us going down instead of up on the steep part, definitely made it more difficult). Also the map isn’t really accurate. There is a whole section that’s missing that connects the end of the left section to the middle of the right to make it a loop instead of an in and out. Besides that, nice trail with diverse views.

We hike this trail this past weekend. It was after a few days of rain and our last hike of the day. Since it had been raining, we did have to cross the creek. It was a little challenging since the water was running pretty good but we made it.There wasn’t enough daylight left to do the whole hike. Plus the lady at the camp office told us not to go the whole way because part of it would be flooded. I will say that this hike was one of the most challenging I have ever done. I absolutely loved it, however it does require climbing the trail is a little hard to follow at times. You may discover muscles you never knew you had. Be sure that you look for the waterhole as you’re climbing up the mountain. It was running really good when we were there.I’m thinking that we didn’t go far enough to see the open part of the bluff. The view at the place where we had to stop was still a bit obstructed by the trees. I was a bit disappointed however, I do plan to go back and do the whole trail on another day. After an all day hike at the park, I will say that completing this trail was definitely a feeling of success! I definitely will be back!

This was such a cool trail! We went last weekend, and the weather was beautiful! Taking the CCC part of the trail makes it a bit of a challenge but adds to the excitement. I love the history of this area. It was a good climb. I loved looking at all the rock formations. There were lots of nooks and crannies to explore. Definitely one of the better hikes. I’m not sure that I would want to go there in the summer for fear of snakes just because of all the rocks. That directions given by all trails is a little off. If you get confused stop at the cabin office and they will give you excellent directions.I do agree that the park map is a bit confusing, but the lady at the office did a great job explaining and drew it all out for us. I recommend doing the rough canyon trail when you finish this one. We went right after a rain so there was lots of creek/stream crossings, but so much fun!!

I really enjoyed my time here. it was my first solo venture, and I felt it couldn't have been a better experience. most of the trail was easily mapped and accessible, and I would rate this trail as a moderate didficulty because it was not very challenging as far as elevation. I will definitely be back.

Did this one this morning with my dog .Great terrains and changing views !!Awesome hike!!

States easy. I say moderate.
Enjoyed this trail and it's just down the road.

hiking
17 days ago

Such a fun hike with lots a little challenges and incredible views! Our 9 year old loved it.

Great hike! Definitely a moderate hike, because you need to do a lot of climbing. Very fun, and so rewarding. I do recommend!

18 days ago

BEST TRAIL EVER! Loved this experience. It was pretty easy and holy crap the views were amazing!

hiking
18 days ago

this is a very beautiful trail. Not a trail for anyone that can't walk a long ways and you will have to make your own way from time to time , but very much worth taking the opportunity to see the beauty. Keep going and keep looking and you might find something really cool

Great day hike! I look forward to getting back and doing the full trail.

Beyond the waterfall .8 mi in, the trail becomes very technical with serious terrain variations and rocks along the path!

walking
19 days ago

Very wet and muddy. Good for kids (10, 5, 3).

Excellent trail, once you get passed the larger rocks it’s great and the top view is excellent, trail took about 2 hours to complete.

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