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Dark Hollow Falls Reviews
We hiked the Rose River, Dark Hollows Falls hike in a clockwise direction which meant that we ended heading up the Rose River Fire Road. This is the direction we recommend you hike. If you go counter-... more »
We decided to do the Rose River Falls Trail and take the spur trail to Dark Hollow Falls. Of the two falls, I think this one is the prettier. We enjoyed sitting and enjoying the scenery while my teena... more »
Upon reading the previous reviews, I saw some people commenting it was a moderate hike but that it was kid and elderly friendly. I don't know if I would exactly agree. My husband, two year old son and I went and I pretty much had to hold my sons hand the entire time because he kept tripping over roots or rocks. There were also some narrow spots that were just too close to the edge of a long drop for my comfort with him. To top it off we had to carry him quite a bit for the way back so in the end, it was a bit much for us too. There were plenty of spots for us to take a breather on the rocks along the way which was nice. The falls were very lovely, lots of photo opportunities too. Mileage wise it is not far, but the path being rocky, muddy etc really slows you down. Give yourself plenty of time to do the hike, it will probably take longer than you think. Overall, I am glad we went, I just would have appreciated it if my son wouldn't have had to be carried so much. Also, the parking lot was packed. We had to circle around a few minutes to find a spot.
Not a bad hike down to the falls. The hike back up after relaxing at the bottom and listening to the falls is a little less fun, but that is to be expected. This is for sure one of the busier trails, so expect a full parking area when you arrive and plan for plenty of others on the trail with you. Stay off the slippery rocks and you'll be just fine.
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