Short walk to start the day
By Austin Explorer on 10/12/2018
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 30 minutes
Coppertone and I decided to do a relatively flat hike on the valley floor today and the parking at the Bridalveil Falls trailhead looked like our best bet. Since we were here we might as well do this short hike to the falls, right?
The trail is paved all the way to the base of the falls. There is one small steep section, but overall it's a very easy hike. The viewing area at the base of the falls has only one way in and out and it can get crowded. Even on a fall day with school in session it was a bit packed. I can't imagine the logjam in the heat of summer.
Waterflow was low, but still a respectable amount crashed onto the rocks below. There are signs warning people of the dangers scrambling on the rocks to get closer to the water, which was ignored by many. In their defense though, the lower water flow meant no mist in the area to moisten the rocks so that they were even more dangerous. If you're going to pick a time of year to scramble, I guess now's the time.
From the falls we followed the trails onto the valley floor proper to start our hike on the Valley Floor Loop.