Pathfinder | 70 pts
We had a blast on this trail. The first portion, up to The Pool, was a great hiking warm up as it followed the river through the valley. After The Pool (a great place to break for water and snacks) the trail climbs pretty steadily upwards, some places reaching a moderate incline. We are new to Colorado (moved here from sea level) and had to break several times to allow our lungs to catch up with the altitude. Luckily this trail is not short of beautiful views.
We also saw an abundance of wildlife. Chipmunks life around The Pool and we saw a Stellar's Jay at Fern Falls, elk, moose, and a hawk catch his breakfast.
The trail continues past the falls up to the Lake, but because of time we stopped at the falls and turned around. Plenty of slush and snow still in June after about 8700 ft. and there's plenty of runoff so make sure to wear some shoes that can get dirty, muddy, and wet.