My husband and I hiked this trail later in the day and should have been more prepared, but we survived and it was well worth it. I am near 60 and have a bad hip and knees and rheumatoid arthritis so I was very wary as to whether it was a good idea to hike to see the falls at the end of the trail. At the start of the trail a woman near my age encouraged me to continue and passed me her bamboo walking stick, and told me to make sure to get my feet wet and cross the stream. The hiking stick was a huge help to keep me and my knees stable on the trek. If you are in great shape wear the right shoes and take water - it will take you 2 hours round trip- for us it was more than 3 hours. The bamboo forest was other- worldly and worth the hike on its own. Near the end you need to cross a stream with many opportunities for a fall. We saw many people getting soaked, dropping cameras and sitting down hard on a rock in the stream. This is where the stick was a life saver-I was able to plant it securely in a crevice between rocks to navigate safely across the stream. My husband did not cross the stream , he didn't have shoes that he could get wet and then hike down the trail in. The density of the trees make viewing the waterfall impossible without crossing the stream. I took videos to share with him, but I regret that we weren't prepared to both enjoy the waterfall together. My water shoes weren't the best for the hike and without socks I ended up with several blisters. I highly recommend taking a light backpack to carry some water and a change of shoes that you can get wet and a dry pair of socks to wear with your hiking shoes for the trek down. If we ever go again that is what we will do, and the hiking stick is a must for hikers with problems of stability.
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