Would a senior citizen
(77) be able to enjoy this hike? Would it be too strenuous? Is there anything that they can enjoy if unable to walk the stairs?
We have accessibility to people with disabilities who cannot go down the steps of the tour to the waterfall; and for them we offer view of the waterfall from the first viewpoint, from this point you can see the waterfall to a distance of 200 meters with the best pictures; but you can also travel to the Orchid Garden.
It is a steep climb. There are rest spots along the way and a hand rail. I think my mom, at 83 could do it, if she took her time and had lots of stops along the way. My Dad, at 87, definitely could not. There is a beautiful orchid garden and a look out of the falls on top.
The answer really depends on your personal health history and level of fitness. My husband and I are in our 50's ....we were definitely the oldest people on the day we went...we went up the stairs slow and steady...many much younger went running by us..and when we got to the landing we went by them as they were doubled over panting! If you have any cardiac or respiratory issues might not be worth it...
It is a pretty steep 500 stairs. So take caution. There is a beautiful viewing platform from the top, resteraunt and gift store. I believe there was a paved walkway but we did not take it. Enjoy!
Please note that prior to enter the park you have to sign on a waiver and release form so be aware of it. I would therefore recommend to do if Only if they are in good shape. It is not easy at all for them to go up 500 steps back. You can skip that. Do not take the risk
It is 480 steps to get all the way down to the waterfall- they are level and even height but it’s still a lot of steps. However- there is a viewing platform right near the top which is quite nice. There is also a beautiful orchid garden at the top that is very easy to navigate - so still worthwhile in my opinion even if you don’t want to attempt all the steps.
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