It seems like no matter what season you go in this trail is muddy,(ok I imagine you could avoid mud in the Winter) Hubby managed to step in and cover his leg in mud. We've gone in the Summer and now Fall. Depending on who you ask the trail is 5-7 miles long, I forgot my pedometer so I'm not sure but would lean toward 5 miles. We walked it in two hours with only a short lunch break and a quick stop at Cascade Falls.
The trail starts off with a nice hilly walk then you turn on to an old road so it's very open for a bit. When you reach a fork it the trail you go right up a small incline. From here it's about 2.8 miles to Cascade Falls. You'll hear the falls before you come to the trail that leads to it.
|View of lake from trail Fall 2013|
A little history there used to be an old girl scout camp at Cascade Lake. There are remnants all over, cement slabs, a bunch of stone fireplaces, and a stone foundation. If I hadn't known this it would have been creepy seeing this stuff out there.
|Taken on 1st trip in Summer 2011|
|View from Beach Fall 2013|
|Stream near the end of the trail in Autumn 2013|
|Stream near the end of the trail in Summer 2011|
We have taken the kids on this trail but haven't made it very far with them. Even though it's a semi-long trail it's not hard and we did it on the same day we climbed Bald Mountain. One of the things I like about it is usually it's fairly empty, especially in the Fall. Yet it offers some beautiful views and neat scenery.