Got a bit lost but I had a lot of fun!

The main attraction
The larger of the two falls on the Waterfall Trail
User: heatharcadia - 2/7/2016

Location: Commons Ford - Waterfall Trail

Rating: 3point5stars
Difficulty: 4stars  Solitude: 4point5stars
Miles Hiked: 5.35 Miles  Elapsed Time: 2 hours, 51 minutes


Note that the 5.35 miles I hiked includes other trails at Commons Fords Park, not just the Waterfall Trail. 

I had never heard of this park but saw it featured on this site so I decided to check it out for a Sunday hike. I began on the other side of the road from the Waterfall Trail and walked down the very easy trail to the park area by the water, looped around, and then went off to find the waterfalls.

I found the first, smaller waterfall(s) easily and crossed the creek. This is where I think I took a wrong turn and got on another trail. I found a washed-out bridge/road segment, which was pretty interesting to observe. I then continued on to another trail which began a steep climb. When I reached the top I found myself at the boundary of the park. I followed the trail along the boundary where it made a very steep (and kind of scary) descent before turning away from the boundary. Not too long after this I arrived the the second, larger fall. This is a nice peaceful area and I rested here before continuing back on the trail and once again getting lost and finding myself back on the trail that follows along the park border.

I saw plenty of people on the side of the park by the Colorado River but I only saw a family of three while on the Waterfall Trail. There is plenty to see at this park and lots of different terrain. I know I didn't cover all of the trails so I'd like to come back and explore some more. My sister also wants to get into hiking so I'll bring her here because the trails on the Colorado River side of the park are all nice and easy.

Log Photos
The main attraction
An interesting sculpture/cairn
Nice view, lots of houses!
Washed out bridge
Old house
Area around Commons Ford - Waterfall Trail
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