My husband & I hiked Ramsey Cascades. If you like privacy & a challenge this is for you! I'm 36 & he's 40 & we're both in great shape. It's 8 miles roundtrip & took us 5 1/2 hrs start to finish including staying at the waterfall for an hour. The first mile & a half was easy, only a few patches of rocks & roots. There are beautiful little details along the way, you just have to stop & look around. If you don't feel like you can go anymore once you reach the only sign on the trail (2.5 miles to go) maybe you should reconsider because you ain't seen nothing yet! The trail gets more narrow & strenuous the closer you get. A few spots are just a couple feet wide along a cliff so be very careful. There are a couple log bridges with rails & a couple streams to cross. The last 1/2 mile is where you gain the most elevation. I was climbing over boulders at one point. It's pretty slippery on some rocks so consider good trail shoes. Once you reach the waterfall it's all worth it. We were lucky because the waterfall was bigger than normal due to the previous days rain. Take your time & enjoy it because it's a long hike back. Bring a sandwich or snack to refuel & plenty of water.
Get an early start. There were people who were just starting around 1pm & struggling because they were out of shape. You could also get hurt & you don't want to be out there when it's getting dark. There isn't cell service once you make the first turn off the highway so do all your research before you get on the road. Btw if you're wondering if you have to drive across the narrow wooden bridge on the way to the trailhead, the answer is YES! Lol!
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