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Good small hike. Drive up till the trail head and back is worth doing the hike!
Did the hike during light rain which made the path even prettier.

Beautiful flowers in May. Bring extra water, as the trail is often in sunlight. Use plenty of bug spray, as this trail has more buzzing insects than others we've walked. Trail is not always clearly marked, so make sure to bring the app with you for the map.

hiking
19 hours ago

Challenging but worth it once you get to the top.

It was a great hike with beautiful views. The day I hiked it it had rained a lot that week and the night before which made for full, beautiful falls. However, the the lake was nearly completely empty which made for a disappointing experience at the top, only because I was anticipating a nice swim to cool off. Still an awesome hike!

hiking
22 hours ago

hiking
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hiking
1 day ago

A short loop that is good for kids. Look for frogs and other wildlife in the small pond at the former quarry. I had some trouble staying on the trail not far beyond the quarry (traveling clockwise) due to a recent controlled burn. I added a few tenths of a mile and ended up following the park road part of the way back.

An excellent all-around hike. Great terrain variety, almost everything you can imagine on one hike except waterfalls. (The midpoint of the Merritt Ridge loop drops you to a surprisingly remote spot on the lake.)

Did this hike during a rain storm and late so the trail was empty and the falls had extra volume.
Had a blast on this hike.

mountain biking
1 day ago

Was an ok greenway type deal but lots of people. A good ride for beginners on the mtn bike to build up some confidence.

This is actually the Rainbow Falls and Bullhead loop trail. I have done this a few times. There are little to no views along Rainbow. The falls are a joke. I have visited them in snow, sun and rain and it has never been Impressive. There are several really nice views coming down Bullhead and I definitely recommend going up Rainbow and down Bullhead.

Great hike with multiple scenic views. Check out the cliff tops once you get to the top. Worth it!

It is a very nice little trail but quite short, only 45 minutes or so depending if you take a lot of pictures. There has been extensive damage to overlooks (leading to a massive pile of planks and nails lying discarded on the gravel road) so the central overlook is closed entirely as well as the path down from the level of the highest fall to its base. Some of the handrails are a little rickety but the path didn't seem very dangerous even hiking the day after rain. If they ever fix the closed sections I would probably upgrade it to 4 stars but it seems very unlikely. I also saw ZERO wildlife which was remarkable.