by Janie & Wyatt Jones (Falcon Guides)
© 2004 Janie & Wyatt Jones/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This is the best trail I've ever been on. The scenery is spectacular and the variety of topography, rock formations and vegetation is astounding. It has a giant natural arch. These can be found in the southwest deserts but they're very rare in the middle of a lush forest. The grotto is also fascinating. I probably spent twice as much time stopping to look at all the scenery than I did walking the trail. The guide says this trail is strenuous but I would say it's intermediate. There's not too much elevation change. The Seven Hollows Trail hike is an absolute must for anyone who enjoys the beauty of nature.
Strenuous is exactly right! My family and I are novice hikers and thought that we were up to the challenge. It was a long hike, but we completed the loop in 3.5 hours. Mind you, my wife and I are in our early 40's and the girls are 12 and 4 (almost 5). Anyway... lots of beautiful scenery once you get past the charred remains of the forest which covers the first half mile in. If you have problems with bees, wasps, or lizards...this probably isn't the trail for you. Not a flat hike at all, you cross several streams and go into at least 3 hollows...which can be tough when you are packing a 4 year old on your shoulders. The natural bridge is probably the highlight of this hike and is about 1.25 miles in. Take water if you go!
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