Not super technical trail, but a challenging hike. Good lookout points and great river access as you make your way up to the rock. We used the Fallway path to Gordon and Tama Falls, ultimately converging with Valley Way. Crossing a river, you can take Inlook Trail to Dome rock for a loop, and return by Kelton Trail (by that trail merge, you'll have climbed 1426 ft from the parking lot) to Sylvan Way. At the end, Sylvan will bring you across a mostly flat traverse back to the same lot (hang a left to cross back over the water again and walk through field to get there.)
On a sunny day with no wind, give yourself plenty of time to explore the falls and some time to catch some zzzz's by the rocks on Inlook trail.
In springtime or high-water seasons, crossing a submerged rock path in the river is required to get to Inlook, so pack socks if you must, and a pole is helpful.
Descent on Kelton is a knee-jarrer.
From Gorham take HWY 2 to main trail lot [Appalachia] then follow the trails up.
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Posted By: brrapture
- Sat May 17 16:43:06 UTC 2014
UpsideIf you love waterfalls and a sense of discovery, this is a great trail. Not terribly well-maintained (but we went early in the season) it winds up feeling like you're privy to something special. Several summits before the top, and a variety of terrain (including those brisk breezes off the rocks/falls, and dried up riverbeds.) Also - as poster said, good for places to picnic and snooze and you feel like you've earned it by the Dome. DownsideAnkle-twister at some parts, especially descents along Kelton Trail which is just all old riverbed. Not at all what we expected when I read a description as a "nice easy trail" on here - though it's not super technical and gear isn't required. I was glad to have a pole because of the high, fast river crossings. CommentIt was so poorly suited to our very out-of-shape terrier because of the big drops at points, and to my still-untreated labral tear. <BR><BR>And, our out-of-shape spring selves have committed to come back and kick this trail's butt someday - but this time it kicked ours.<BR><BR>It's far too long of a hike (5+ hours; I'd read 3 elsewhere but they must do a different set of trails) to bring our baby on at her young age. Can't wait to try try again though.<BR><BR>And - my husband doesn't like getting his feet wet. I love my boots but if you're not as risky about water, maybe not a good fit.