Did this short little hike with my two daughters (9 and 7). Could not have asked for better scenery. The road getting there really does require a high clearance vehicle. It was a doozie... It a short hike down a steep hill basically. The camping spot was ideal. It threatened to thunderstorm but we got extremely lucky and it passed before we started hiking at 6:30 pm. We were just able to set up camp before it got dark. The hike out the next morning was a little steep for the kiddos, but they toughed it out like champs. I would highly recommend this hike. I bet the fishing is great too... I need to invest in a packable rod.
We did this as an overnight trip. I agree with previous posters that it feels this hike is uphill both ways... but it was very enjoyable. The swimming hole at the bottom was unfortunately all dried out for us. It was a tad warm at the bottom of the canyon as it is June, but not unpleasant. We had a rattlesnake show up in our camp which was exciting. The camping spots were nice... but if I was going to do it all over again, I might have stayed at the nice spot by reynold's creek half way in do to the heat and lack of water down the canyon.
We had 4 guys and just had a great time on the trail. It is an absolutely beautiful hike. A little steep for the first little bit, but the rest is fairly flat. My father did it with us and it was his fist hike in 20 years and he loved it. Great swimming holes. Nice established campsites at the end of the trail. We never saw "parson's spring" and the trail becomes pretty impassable at about 3.7 miles in. We checked with the ranger's who said camping in the established sites that are there is fine. Would highly recommend this hike for people of all skill levels.
average hiking speed 0.66 mph
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