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Moderate skilled trail with pretty views and multiple places to camp. Can be done in 1 long day or two short days. Sometimes it is a little hard to follow the trail but all in all a great hike!
I loved all the beautiful wild flowers and the aroma from them was intoxicating. Blooms were falling from the trees and I felt as if I was in a mystical land. I hiked to the end and was so glad I did. However the "easy" rating in my opinion is wrong. It really isn't suitable for small children with the steady incline and with roots and rocks sticking up from the ground it would make it difficult, One of my favorite hikes.
This hike was HARD, and I'm a pretty experience hiker. Funny enough, the way up was rough, but I was in way more pain on the way day. It's a constant ascent up, which was hard on my lungs, but it's a constant descent down, which was relentless on my knees and ankles. Ugh. It's also a pretty darn rocky trail with a ton of roots just waiting to turn your ankle. Oh, and there had apparently been a fleet of horses that had just been up since we had to avoid all kinds of poop piles the entire way.
However, the view is pretty spectacular. The fella and I had to stop quite a few times on the way up, so it took us a good 3.5 hours to get up. We hung out at the fire tower for about 20-30 minutes eating a snack and taking in the view. Then it took us another 2.5 hours to get back down, moaning and groaning the whole way because of our old legs.
Loved this hike! Took a rookie backpacker to break in and it was a perfect first timer! My only complaint is that the 50' metal bridge that crosses Laurle Creek all the guides talk about is no longer there and we were very confused with no bridge and no blazes visible on the other side. One guide suggested exploring the first section (mining area) on the way in so you are not too tired to explore on the way out. We did it on the way in AND the way out and still felt like we could have explored more so be sure to not pass right by this wonderful area. I uploaded some images we took. April is perfect with cool nights, not so hot days, wild flowers everywhere, falls with good amounts of water, enough greenery to add to the beauty but not enough to hinder views of the falls, and dogwoods in full bloom. The trail was easy to follow most of the time but with so many spur trails, don't let down your guard and neglect watching for white blazes. Rock scrambles can get tricky but so worth it!