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Fall Colors · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall
A permit is needed for access. Permits are limited to 100 per day. Call ahead or check the park website
for current conditions as slight rain or weather issue may close access.
At 1000 feet deep in the gorge, this trail takes you up close to all the waterfalls. Most of the hike you stay to the north side of the river. Much of it you also need to use your own judgement for where to hike as there is no real trail. The entire trail is a viewpoint and a lot of fun, but tough. Some spots I found it was best to lay and scoot across all the rocks while sitting. The rock walls can have angles that aren't the best for hiking on.
Need to Know
There is a small parking fee and you need a permit to do this hike. Restrooms available during business hours. Once again, this isn't a maintained trail. Some if it was hike-able, but some of it was scooting along rock slopes. I'd call it "choose your own adventure!" It is difficult, but so worth it.
The hike starts at the visitor center. From there to Bridal Veil Falls, is 2.1 miles, but just remember you still have to climb/hike back up the gorge at the end. It took 45 minutes to reach the top. Signs are posted for how to back. The total journey is 3.4 miles.
Once you reach Bridal Veil Falls, please hop in and slide down the fall (to the left side) because it is safe and makes the trip worth it. There is a rope you can use to pull yourself out of the swimming hole with to the left of the river.
Be aware though, the toughest part of the hike is leaving there and getting back up to the top so make sure you save enough energy for the return journey. You do that by heading upward on the right side of the river. You'll see foot traffic and a sign point to how to get back up.
Flora & Fauna
Only thing notable was snakes. One under a rock and one in the river.
Shared By: Wayne B