One of my favorite close hikes (6 times now). Just the winding road out can be relaxing unless you're really adverse to close drop offs.
I really like hiking the creek after rains because of the added challenges. Drier can be fun too since you can explore under more boulders that water would usually be coursing through. This time I faced the former and there were plenty of neat waterfalls as the water searched for ways around and through the stacked rocks. The leaves' colors were still great too and just barely clinging to their branches.
This trail requires good knees and ankles since it's all pretty much boulder hopping. Some of the rocks take creative path finding just because of their sheer size. Rock climbing skills can add to the fun if you're like me and never like to go the same way more than once. Last time I was here my friend broke his foot landing wrong. I had to carry him halfway out. Well...I packed his shoe with leaves and told him good luck.
I usually just keep going until I know I can make it out before it can begin getting dark (sooner than you think in a narrow canyon). Out is much faster since you're not playing explorer with every crevice you find.
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