This hike is a great beginner’s hike. It allows you to set a slow pace, start off on a paved path, and even continue onto maintained gravel paths if you hike farther. With interpretive signage throughout the trail, park benches and picnic tables, you can rest at multiple points, soak in the scenery, and learn about the history and culture of the area.
It is recommended to bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, mosquito repellant, camera, and maybe a snack or two. The drive there (depending on your distance and direction from it) is relatively easy. Right before you get there the road turns into a dirt road. Still should be accessible by any type of vehicle.
The trail has a clearly marked sign in the parking area, as well as two toilets, and two interpretive signs. As you begin the trail you'll notice that the first part of it is paved and wheelchair accessible (estimated to be the first quarter mile or so). At regular intervals you'll see a bench, a table, or an interpretive sign. The trail is best hiked at a slow pace, taking time to stop and read the signs and take pictures. Even though there is a lovely view at the peak of this hike, the beauty really lies in the journey. Try not to rush through this hike.
Once you pass beyond the paved trail the path still remains easy, although no longer wheelchair accessible. You can either stop there and return back, or continue on. If you continue you'll come to a stream and a split path. Most people take the left-side trail. You'll rise up in elevation until you eventually hit the top of the hill. At this point you can take pictures, sit on the bench and enjoy the view, or chat with your fellow hikers on your accomplishment. The trail down is easy, but there are some descents, so make sure you have on good hiking shoes and take the declines slowly. Small children are able to hike this trail without issue.
Towards the bottom there are a couple more view decks where you can peek out over the ridge to see the river and landscape. You'll eventually get back on the paved path and have an easy return to your car.
Please remember that this hiking route does not have accessible drinking water, and (since close to a water way) can be visited by mosquitos at times. Please make sure to pack accordingly. It is also highly visited, so please make sure you are respectful to other travelers. Whether you are brand new to hiking, or a seasoned veteran, this is a great trail to relaxingly hike and enjoy.
Route By: Joseph Eaton