Reviewed by Tom Clark on July 5, 2016
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We hit the trails at Petit Jean, 7/2/16. It was about 92 degrees with very high humidity. The heat made the trails a little more difficult than they already are, but that didn't keep them from being trekked on a holiday weekend. From Mather's Lodge, we first took the Cedar Falls Trail down into the valley. I'd been here about 10 years ago and had forgotten how far down you go and how far you have to come back up. It was a tough hike, but extremely fun. Even though the water level was low, it was still beautiful. After a short rest back up top, we took off on the 1/2 mile Bear Cave Trail to some awesome rock formations and back for another short rest. Lastly, we then traveled another 1/2 mile on the Overlook Trail to see Cedar Falls from up high. I would say all of these are must sees for anyone who wants to visit here. We managed about 6 miles even in the heat and enjoyed every step and every view. All of the trails we managed are very well marked, easy to follow and are moderate to strenuous in ability. We'll be going back in the fall to do some more trails when it cools down a bit.
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