It is pretty sad to see all the charred landscape on the route to the beautiful falls. The entire trail was once so pretty until the destructive fire last year. However, this is still a great hike and the waterfall is still truly wonderful. The elevation gain is so minimal that it is a very easy hike, great for kids, and a good opportunity to teach them about preventing forest fires, for sure. I saw some new growth amongst the burned areas and that filled me with some relief and hope.