Explorer | 40 pts
Great summer trail for the whole family.
This trail is a favoite standby for hikes with family on muggy summer days. While it's not the most scenic trail in the gorge, it has charms of its own. The walk down from the parking lot winds you through some meadows before descending into the narrow valleys typical of the gorge.
The wildflowers are great, but beware of the occasional bee swarms.
In a flat plane near the bottom of the valley, you can see where a homestead once existed. The forest quickly reclaimed it - accelerated by unscrupulous hikers.
Just before you reach Swift Creek and the arch, you begin walking parallel to a stream on your right. The stream then tumbles over a small waterfall - a great place to cool off when it's sweltering. The stream flows freely except in the most serious droughts.
Keep following the stream to it's junction with Swift Creek and play around Rock Bridge. It's an easy scramble to the top.
An easy trail down. Nice spots to stop for lunch in the coolness of the valley, near the water. For those multi-day trips, it's nice to freshen up.
The kids will have a blast on this trail. It's a very safe trail for kids by gorge standards. There are no steep drop-offs near the trail. If you want to introduce your kids to the wonders of the outdoors, this is a good trail. Take the opportunity to bring them along and teach them the rules of responsible hiking.