I'm a woman in my late 30's who exercises about 3 times a week, does a fair amount of hiking, and considers myself in pretty decent shape, but this hike kicked my butt, and I did not make it to the top (some of that was a time factor).
We saw the first section was a paved 0.8 miles and figured it'd be a short hike we could do fairly quickly, and then decide if we wanted to go all the way to the top. We did not factor in the elevation gain sucking the air out of our lungs. We saw people from teens to senior citizens along the path, so don't let me scare you off - you can do it; just take lots of water with you, take breaks as needed, and expect it to take a while.
It was pretty crowded in early October; I can't imagine how packed it would be during high tourist season.
The views were beautiful. The falls had a decent amount of water running; I expect they are spectacular at full volume.
We reached the bridge 0.8 miles up the trail, and due to time factors as well as a headache I was developing, decided not to go any further. The trip down was slighly less taxing, but the steepness of the trail didn't make it an easy hike by any means.
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