Reviewed by Kev16 on July 29, 2010
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Critique: My son and I hiked the full 7.2 mile Falls Trail Loop in June 2010. You can access the loop from multiple trail heads in the park. A shorter version of the loop is possible. We started at the parking lot on Rt. 118 and proceeded up Red Rock Mt. A little bit of a boring walk to the first waterfall but that is what we get for not taking the easier 3.2 mile loop. We figured if we were going to do it we had to do it all.
Once we hit the first fall the walk was worth it. The water level was not as high as I had seen in some pics, due to lack of recent rain, but beautiful just the same.
We took a left at Waters Meet so we would be able to see Ganoga Falls from the front. This is the biggest falls in the park. There are some pretty steep stone steps so be prepared to climb. When we reached the top of Gonaga Glen we were ready for the easy stretch on the Highland Trail section of the hike.
Our decent down Glen Leigh was just as beautiful as our assent up Gonaga Glen. The power of water to carve never ceases to amaze me.
By the time we reached the car, a little over 4 hrs after we started, we were tired and hungry. We headed straight for the Trails End Restaurant a few miles down Rt. 118. Nothing fancy here but good food at good prices to feed the hungry hiker.
I highly recommend trekking poles for this hike and don't forget your camera.
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