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Great trail, well maintained. We went on a Tuesday morning and hardly ran into others. Lots of little side paths leading to waterfalls and cliffs.

Nice easy hike!! Pretty muddy in the middle but not bad at all!

hiking
8 hours ago

This is actually 4.5 miles. Really nice all around view of mountains, small creeks and wildlife. With a five month old on my back a five-year-old and a three-year-old and wife. We really enjoyed it.

hiking
10 hours ago

Fun and steep, good exercise. Did it with my 7 and 9 year old and was enjoyable.

rocky
scramble
10 hours ago

A great little hike with rewarding views. It's a good warm-up anyways

nature trips
no shade
13 hours ago

15 hours ago

Nice trail with breath taking views the entire way up.

Beautiful trail. We saw mule deer and a turkey vulture. Climbing the rocks was fun but challenging. View at the top was breath taking!

Nicely marked and shaded trail with interpretive signs winding through the forest.

hiking
1 day ago

Short but intense and beautiful! Quick hour

hiking
1 day ago

Nice short hike with a ladder climb. Great panorama view of the river valley at the end. The last view was quite a surprise.

Did not finish because of buffalo

hiking
no shade
1 day ago

Great view at the top!

hiking
icy
over grown
scramble
1 day ago

DAREDEVILS ONLY! Ok I have some things to say about this...first off, this is a gorgeous (albeit overgrown and challenging) hike! It’s worth doing and it’s fun and beautiful. That being said, it should be rated hard (crazy steep for long stretches), and it should be noted that A) the water is the coldest water I’ve ever been in in my life and almost ruins swimming in it (I couldn’t get used to it after I jumped in and was gasping for air for what felt like several minutes until I grabbed onto a ledge for support) B) I went with a group of 20 somethings who are active and outdoorsy and only the guys could climb the rope. It was a lot scarier of a situation than I anticipated, which was a bummer. I did jump off a smaller ledge though, and that was fun. :)

hiking
1 day ago

Great, easy hike with amazing views.

Fairly sunny, not too much shade. Beautiful views. You can see the cathedral spires and the black elk peak from the little devils tower. A bit of rock scrambling at the very end.

Beautiful scenery. Strenuous. Takes 4-5 hours to complete on trail #9 both ways. Extremely rewarding.

Fun trail! We did it with our 7 year old and 9 year old, it does get rocky at the top and we didn’t do the Boulder with the girls. So much fun and worth it!!

A relatively easy trail with gorgeous views and an ever better payoff!

We hiked this with our 4 and 6 year old. They loved crossing the river! We didn't start in the right location, as we followed what was probably a fishing trail right along the lake in the beginning. We did follow the blue diamonds after the spillway.

First the app map directions to the trail head are wrong. Use the airport road to get to trailhead. Next, the state sign shows the trail as a one-way hike on a gravel fire road. But, the app guides you off the road onto an UNmarked trail loop back to the trailhead. Because the state has abandoned the loop, there is no trail at the trailhead to start the loop anti clockwise, so the gravel road starts you off clock wise and the app hike distance is a countdown. Worth doing because the APP is accurate keeping you on the old unmarked trail.

Beautiful views. Great short trail.

Nice and easy trail. Going clockwise, the trail follows the Centennial trail and the creek. Several crossings, all with bridges. At the easternmost point it forks off to the right leaving the Centennial trail and goes up a short climb to the plateau, where an army of Prairie dogs will greet you. The remainder of the trail winds through open prairie with great views back to the start. It is well marked with log posts, sometimes protected by buffalo sleeping next to them..

Absolutely beautiful. A challenge but worth it

on Botany Canyon

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

don't turn back too soon! first part noisy with 4wheelers, but after couple miles get to non-motorized section the bottom of canyon worth it. Lush, green, babbling little waterfalls. ( moss covered rocks can be slippery)

hiking
2 days ago

Nice extended loop. Lush. Ok for bikes too. Wide open trails.

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