Reviewed by jb boyd on October 19, 2015
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The only reason I hesitated to rate this five stars is that the trail is in danger of being loved to death. It is an absolutely beautiful walk along a babbling stream, which makes the trash left behind by hikers and campers particularly noticeable. You pass by dozens of undeveloped campsites strewn along the creek's banks, even at the falls themselves, and some people like to party. Aside from the crowds though (or as a weekday hike), it is a lovely meandering hike along a well defined trail. There are sections that are technical, and if you or your friends are not sure footed it is not the trail for you. The available handrails in places look like they can barely support their own weight. I could imagine it can get pretty slick after/during a rain in the rocky sections, especially near the falls. It is not an especially arduous hike, but it is entirely downhill to the falls, so remember that the return hike is all uphill. And even though there are a lot of people on the weekends, almost everybody is smiling, which makes the waits and trail passes pleasant, but a walk through solitude this is not. FYI, while we wandered down in 2.5 hours, we were late in the day and the way back was super uncrowded. Even uphill, it only took and hour and a half at a steady but determined clip. We saw no snakes, but would have welcomed them.
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