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greenBlue Ernie's Falls Trail

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1.1 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 66' 20 m
Descent: -222' -68 m
High: 3,753' 1,144 m
Low: 3,546' 1,081 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Trail shared by Mike Barcom

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Dry: Nice side trip from Bridal Veil Falls. Uncrowded and peaceful.

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This short route leads through varied Arizona terrain, past a waterfall to the park boundary.

Mike Barcom

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail begins 2.5 miles into the Douglas Springs Trail, at the junction of Douglas Springs Trail and Bridal Wreath Falls Trail. From the trailhead intersection to the rest spot is just about a mile, so a roundtrip journey would be more like 2.

Ernie's Falls Trail travels north to the signage at the boundary line. It is level at first and then descends into a wash. The waterfall is located off to the right at a rock outcropping as you descend. Look for saguaros close to the spot. You can go beyond the falls area to the wash, there is the National Park boundary line and a gate.

Feel free to pass through the gate, as it denotes the National Park/National Forest boundary, just make sure to close the gate behind you. Another .1 m down into the wash (seasonal water but can be flowing and full at times), there are slick rock boulders to sit on that make a great place to rest and eat a snack before returning back to the trailhead. The rest area described is actually in the National Forest, but journeying out to this point is pleasant and well worthwhile.

Flora & Fauna

You will encounter prickley pear, mesquite, various grasses, agave, pin cushion and cholla cactus as well. Bobcat and deer have been spotted in the area as well as lizards and snakes. Bees are around, especially with monsoon season and the abundance of flowers.

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