Reviewed by Tala Smith on September 6, 2014
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I did this hike when I was 18 years old in 1986 (yes, the year of the big fires there). It was a lot more than I bargained for, but fortunately I was young enough to recover from it. Although it is a descent from the point to the valley, you do have some up and down in there.. and some very steep downs... and you should plan on this taking up the entire day. Estimation states 4.5 - 7 hours. I think it took our group at least 8, but account for stops. We did take breaks at the river and at a restroom later on. Be in good shape for it, that's all I can say. That aside, this is a hike well worth being able to boast. It's beautiful and it's an accomplishment. Carry water and remind yourself to drink it. This is not someplace you want to get dehydrated and end up with heat exhaustion. You are wayyy out in the forest. There is a spot in the river that is good for a waterslide and swim, as long as the water is low as it is in Summer. Just be aware there are small leeches that inhabit the mosses on those rocks. Don't sit there too long. Just slide and splash down... and check yourself before you get your boots back on and start hiking again. The water does refresh you for the rest of the hike. It's a good place for a rest break.
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