Although this trail is relatively short – less than a mile out and back – it can easily take you more than an hour to do.
Don’t worry about it being steep, slippery, and requiring you to navigate lots of rocks…
Take your time because there is SO much visually to take in on the way down (and the way back when you’re needing to take a break to breathe) …
The rocks – their size, their fractures, their almost geometric puzzles, and their textures. The overhangs are mammoth – there was no way for me to capture the immense size.
The lushness of the vegetation around Fall Creek after the falls…
And a few ‘innerestin’ plants along the leisurely stroll down:
I noticed some paw prints in the dirt close to the base of the falls:
The base of the falls has some areas where you can sit and soak it all in without getting soaked. I was carrying my full backpack on my first trip down. (Must say it’s A LOT easier without the extra weight on the way up!) I enjoyed my lunch here on Day 2 of the Lower Loop trail. I was able to enjoy the view alone. (Granted, I was there during the middle of the week in February)
Standing at the base of the falls, feeling the spray against my face, looking up at the top is an incredible experience. Imagining the thousands of years water has flowed over the falls, cutting into the rock and forming this wonder. I was in awe of nature’s power and humbled by how small we really are.
And one last picture of the falls from the overlook:A couple of things to note: In addition to the rocky slopes, there are some wood stairs and rock stairs, the rock stairs can get quite slick. Some of the guardrails are a bit wiggily, but others have been recently-replaced. Sections are muddy/slick, so wear shoes with good traction. Some spots were icy, so if you’re heading down in colder weather, be extra alert. You will get a light spray close to the falls, so protect your cameras and other electronic devices. Signs are posted indicating the park is doing restoration in the area. There are also repeated signs to stay on trail – partially for your safety, but also for the habitat.
I’ll update with gpx files with elevation profiles shortly.