|Hiking||2.00 Miles|| 45 Mns || ||2.67 mph|
|170 ft AEG|| || || |
This was my second time hiking this trail. The first was with all four of my kids, and this past time was just with my youngest. I've found I can get my umbrella stroller all the way to where you climb up to see the water fall.
There's lots of benches along the way for lounging and enjoying the scenery. They also have educational signs teaching about everything from local wild life and plants to the tribe that used to inhabit the mountain.
While the big high light of the trip is the water fall, an added bonus is several petroglyph sites (ancient writings). There are also more signs there explaining what they mean. The kids got a big kick out of that.
As we got higher and higher up the mountain, the views become more and more stunning. About halfway up, you can turn around and see all the way across the Valley. Further up you become surrounded by the mountain and are walking along next to the dry river bed. Keep a close eye on the kids as you near the top b/c the path is next to a rather sharp drop into the river bed. The path is wide enough to traverse safely, so don't be too worried.
I have seen the waterfall in both dry and wet conditions, and considered it worth it both times. When dry, it's more of a water trickle. However you can see all the smooth curves worn into the rock over the years. Almost like God took a paint brush and painted it. Expect to get wet after a rain (your shoes at least) and be careful of slippery rocks.
I fully recommend this trail for families. I know my family will do this trail again. Also, great for beginners of all ages.
I plan on hiking all the paths at White Tanks over the next few months so stay turned for more entries!