This hike is definitely not a loop. We followed the map for the hike and it took us in a crazy route. First of all the hike is not hard, moderate is more accurate. It is not well marked at all and very confusing to find the right trail, even for us avid hikers. The hike is well over double the elevation gain stated. I think we went about 1700 elevation gain. Lastly, the falls are great. There are many on this hike and the last big ones are amazing.