Wow, I am really slacking the posts for hikes/trails/walks etc. This hike is HIGHLY recommended for the summertime. Super fun but you have to get there early.
Recommend being there at 7:45AM as it opens at 8AM. The line already forms before it “officially” opens. There are limited kayaks, so you have to hurry!! If you have your own then you’re good. The next best time to come is probably late afternoon like 2-3PM when people are heading back from there.
- Kayak for an hour or less (if you’re synchronized with your squad)
- Hike for an hour or so
- Hang out/swim play/lunch etc
- Hike back for an hour
- Kayak back for an hour
You’re looking at spending roughly 5 hours there!
- Water Shoes or flip flops for the kayak part
- Shoes for the hike
- Bathing Suit
- Waterproof gadgets for recording awesome footage!
***** 5/5 trail hands down.
NOTE NUMBER ONE: do not search up crystal falls on your Google Maps. It will take you along side on the road .. literally .. but you won’t be able to see it because of all the trees etc. You have to search “Karley Crescent” and park at the residential area..
The end of the trail is anti-climatic. The waterfall/stream is very yellow and dirty looking… It seems like there’s something in the stream that’s making it all yellow and it also had stuff forming in the water.
Time: It’s a short/flat-ish trail but it was very muddy .. maybe because we went the first day it was sunny. Took about 30 minutes 1 way maybe?
Difficulty: It wasn’t hard at all. Just very muddy..
Crowded-level: There were a lot of dogs on this trail because it’s dog friendly.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend this to others unless they want a “lazy” trail with a small waterfall at the end for the ‘gram.
Time: 40 minutes to go up (to the first lake)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate – some parts were really steep so going up was a tiny bit tricky but going down was probably the most I’ve ever struggled… You really have to use your legs to go down for some parts of the hike
Crowded-level: Popular – we went early so it wasn’t packed at the viewpoint. Going down though, we bumped into a lot of people who were going up so there were a lot of delays in certain parts because we had to step aside and let them go by etc.
The drive was longer than the hike so I probably wouldn’t do this hike again anytime soon (unless we are going to all the way to Green Drop Lake).
Highly recommend you go at least once!!
Quick Video: https://youtu.be/EPGR-ekJRaY