Hike America: Northern California
by Dan Brett (The Globe Pequot Press)
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Beautiful hike with a perfect waterfall at the end. I took the 4.5 in and the 3.3 out as recommended. The 3.3 was short but difficult. If anything it was a great workout. I would try the 4.5 in and the 4.5 out next time I go.
Great Hike. I take the longer route in and shorter route out. The last 1-2miles of short route is a great workout and a great way to end this hike. The views are stunning along the way. If you decide to hike to the back of the falls you will be rewarded. We were able to enjoy it and being this time of year there were very few people we came across.
Very beautiful hike. The canyon views are nice. The view of the falls from the overlook is spectacular this time of year. The 4.5 mile trail is smooth with quite a bit of ups and downs but is very shaded. The waterfall at the Frey creek foot bridge was beatiful Almost every stream was flowing. The 3.3 mile trail is more steep with the occasional rock ot two imbedded in the trail. Br very careful if you decide to go to the overlook within the chain link fence at the falls. It can be very slippery in spots. Temperature was approx. 76 degrees and sunny with a very light breeze.
The hike in was a gradual undulating downhill and mostly in the shade. There were still plenty of wildflowers this time of year. If you want to try both branches, take the 3.5 mile hike going in and the 4.5 mile branch going out unless you like steeper hills (We took the 4.5 mile branch both ways but met someone who said the 3.5 mile one was steep). The falls were stunning from the overlook. The short trail that swings around to the top of the falls was easy and well worth it. Be careful if you choose to swim above the falls as the current is swift and strong. The chain link fence on an overhanging rock above the falls is ugly but a nice spot to get a look straight down the falls. Some previous hikers left lots of trash. Please be more respectful and carry your trash out. The hike out seemed long and was more uphill than I remembered going down but the overall hike was well worth it
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