Hello. do you walk back down the same trail or is it a ring? that is, do you get people trying to pass you on the trail and the hairy bits (steel ladder, tunnel & roped cliff)? thank you for your help to understand this.
We were here in the summer with our 10,12,and 14 year olds. They had no problems at all. I would suggest the early boat and the late one to return as we barely made it back down in time for the first returning boat. Also- you want 3 L of water per person. Honest. Hiking poles are also helpful. We didn't have time for Hells Roaring Canyon - It's a big day already. Enjoy - This is one of my kids highlights of our trip.
Hi! yes it's the same way each way. and the earlier reviews make the passing situation seem worse than it is. there are some sections with lots of brush where you can't pass but everyone we were with was great about stepping aside to let us pass. if you feel like you want more time catch the early ferry ride out and the late one back, if you get done early they will try to take you with early! It's an amazing hike! enjoy!
You can do a loop on the trail if you want by taking the Hells Roaring Canyon - most people recommend doing this while coming back downhill; however , this part of the trail is steeper with bigger steps. So do this only if you have a lot of time .
Along the hairy bits - which in reality aren't are that bad at all - everybody waits for each other and do not pass you. However, on the normal trail, there is no reason not to.
Hope this helps.
Yes, you do walk back the same way you came and yes, it is a bit annoying to wait for other hikers as they are coming up. The key is to go on the first boat of the day so you have no return hikers yet as you are going up and then you only have to deal with it in one direction!! Wasn’t too bad as it’s an honour system of letting some go up and some go down. The rest of the trail has no issues and the most stunning hike you could ever imagine!! Well worth the short section where passing is impossible.
Sorry for the delay - had no idea there was a question here! YES, you return to the boat ramp the same way on the same trail. While the trail is narrow, there is NO issue in any place where folks can't pass by each other - mainly cuz the traffic is pretty sparse: not a lot of hikers! Even through the tunnel and up/down the ladder, it was NO issue at all.
Thanks for your response Kelvi, this is very helpful. I'm not super fit, and will have a 12yo with us too, so wouldn't want to bite off more than I can chew doing Hells Roaring Canyon as well. But having the comfort that everyone waits their turn going up/down so we're not passing where it's not possible, is good to know.
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