As mentioned by many, the hike to the waterfalls is relatively easy and a worthwhile visit. However, the real gem is the lake at the top of the trail-- if you can handle it. Had I known how difficult it would be and how far it REALLY was, we probably would not have tackled it, though. Although it is listed as moderate to somewhat difficult, it was the toughest hike we have ever encountered -- and we hike along the Appalachian Trail quite often. It took us 5 hours up to the lake and 3 hours back down to the trailhead. It was a once-in-a-lifetime hike and well worth the work but we were paying for it later in sore muscles, cramps, and charlie horses for the next few days. It is listed as anywhere from 5 to 5.5 miles one way, but I have to assume that is if you cut some of the switchbacks short (which we did not) or beeline it (it sure seemed much longer than that). It was punishing for us. That said, we are lowlanders from the East Coast so the elevation changes, breathing, and muscle stress seemed much greater than it may for locals who are used to elevation.
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