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“Excellent Hike -- But Very Difficult to the Reach the Lake”
Review of Pine Creek Trail

Pine Creek Trail
Reviewed 7 September 2017

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.

3  Thank Ryan S
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Reviewed 2 September 2017

I liked this short hike a lot. It was mostly in the shade which was nice on a hot day. The falls are pleasant and there are several places to see the creek along the way. It make a nice picnic hike.

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Reviewed 23 June 2017

My thirteen-year-old son and I hiked this trail and found out there are not one but two amazing waterfalls! We really enjoyed our walk. It is a little crowded on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Thank AnnaBaldwin
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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We brought our dogs to hike up to the falls. Very dog-friendly with water crossings for cooling off. It is a bit of a hike, but clearly well-used and a great way to burn some calories.

Thank Krista W
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

This is a grueling hike, especially after the waterfall. This was early in the season, so the trail is unmarked, and people created their own snow trail...making it hard to know what the real trail is. Make sure you take enough water, Gators for boots, watch out for snow that may give way around the boulders that you have to hike upon. Come prepared....

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