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This trail has some awesome, dynamic vegetation. Great scenery. The walk once you are down the initial hill is pretty leisurely. I knew there was creek crossings, but I was expecting normal trails' rock-hopping across creeks - No. You are nearly knee-deep through the 9 creek crossings each way. You either need a creek-crossing dedicated shoe (and change at each creek) or use a shoe with mesh outer and nylon socks which drain well. The cliffs are very rewarding and you have a smartly placed overlook before you get to the cliffs to wet your appetite.
I would compare this in difficulty to the Angel Falls Overlook trail. If you are a hiker or in good shape, this isn't too difficult. I completed in just under 2 hours of moving time.
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!
wonderful hike with wild flowers, cascades, brook and rainbow trout in stream, beautiful waterfalls, and no big elevation changes. We hiked it with our 7year old and he loved getting to cross the stream over rocks and logs. We werent expecting to have to cross over the stream 17 times one way but it was still fun! It was unmarked so finding the traill head was a bit confusing but once you get to the gravel road follow that up towards the right and it deadends where you will follow the blue blazed trail.
We are on the greenway all over town all the time. They are great! They are all paved which makes it perfect for a bike ride, walking or jogging. There are restrooms and water fountains along the way and places to picnic. Just make sure you use your etiquette and announce when you come up to pass someone and don't fly around blind corners. There may be someone on the path. There have been people road biking using the greenway as if they are on the road. They go way too fast where people are walking and having a good time with their children.
Other than the road bikers, the greenways are great!
This trail is not a good biking trail. It is not maintained at all. The trail is covered in sticks and logs, and the leaf path makes it hard to get any traction. There were some points where I would lose the trail because it is barely visible. We ended up getting on the blue hiking trail to ride back which was better groomed but too steep to bike. So we pushed the bikes up and rode back down which was doable but very tough. This is a great hiking trail with beautiful scenery, but I would never bring my bike back here unless the trail was cleared.
GORGEOUS trail!!! We did the full trail in about 4.5 hours including stopping to hang out and enjoy the scenery occasionally. The trail is supposed to be 2.9 miles from beginning to cliffs and then an additional 2.9 back, but my gps actually read 6.5 miles total at the end. It's labeled "hard" for a reason. The entrance/exit of the trail is VERY STEEP and narrow. The creek crossings weren't very difficult as the water was kind of low, but it is absolutely necessary to have proper footwear.
I wore chacos and my feet are shredded. My friend wore closed toed Keen's and she was fine. I've worn my chacos on many wet/dry hikes and never had any issues, but this one was a beast. The water is too high for regular hiking boots so be sure to come equipped with a good quality wet/dry hiking shoe. We saw tons of people in flip flops, soaked squishing sneakers, strappy sandals and I hurt for them. They were miserable. Trust me, INVEST IN APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR.
Once you get to the bottom of the steep portion of the trail, it's very easy to navigate. Beautiful streams, open meadows, a waterfall, incredible rock formations, lovely forest areas...there's an amazing variety of scenery on this trail. But back up...holy geez...ROUGH. They provide a few hiking poles at the top of the trail but go quickly, so I would also recommend trekking poles, especially for the challenging climb back up. Bring PLENTY of water and snacks and enjoy!!!
We had a great time hiking the trail and seeing the beautiful windows and the waterfall. Recommend good hiking shoes - you will get wet crossing the creeks. The exit was quite a climb. They do provide some walking sticks which helped but I would take your own if you have one just in case they are all gone.