by Donald Pfitzer (Falcon Guides)
© 2014 Donald Pfitzer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
It was very rainy that day. The interpretive center has a great history and display and is really well done. The Gorge has a lot of stairs so the trails go up and down, a great workout but strenuous at times. The rim trails are pretty easy, the views spectacular, all in all I would go back and thought it was a small place but great.
Terrific scenery...take your time down the 600 steps into the gorge and take in the beautiful surroundings...and plan on taking your time going back up the steps..believe 600 steps is equavalent to 50 stories. If you choose to get the permit to hike the gorge you will have to make a 7 foot jump from 1 rock to another. Also there are two very difficult 40 degree smooth rocks about 20 feet wide you'll have to cross that can be very slippery. If you start to slide you will slide right into the water and waterfall. I felt the ranger should have described this dangerous area a little more during our orientation.
The views into the gorge on the 2 1/2/ mile loop trail covering the north and south side of the gorge are spectacular! Crossing the suspension bridge that spans the river is fun. But if your idea of great hiking is to be away from it all in quiet surroundings with few people around you, this is NOT the place to hike! It's crowded (for good reason thanks to the views!) and a portion of the trail runs along a busy highway. Do it once.
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