What a phenomenal day hike - absolutely breathtaking views! My wife and I hiked up with our two boys (11 and 12 years old) whom are both experienced backpacking in the mountains.
Given the reviews, we were ready to possibly turn-around at Scout’s Landing if it looked too crazy. We made sure that both boys knew that it was okay to turn-around if they weren’t ready to finish the remainder of hike.
After arriving at the landing, everyone was still up for making the rest of the journey. We decided my wife would take the lead, boys in the middle, and myself in the anchor-position (just in case something unexpected occurred).
Like others have mentioned, not a hike you want to do if you have any fear or phobia of heights. Narrow trail at times and can definitely be crowded. We started our hike around 10am and took us 3 1/2 hours round-trip (we spent about 30 minutes relaxing on the summit).
In terms of possible improvements, it would be great if park management added verbiage to their signs regarding protocol of using the chains. Instead of a free-for-all, groups going up or down should take turns per chain segment and be patient. I know it seems like common sense, however, common sense seems to be hard to find sometimes these days.
Lastly, just have to mention a pet-peeve. There were several different groups that were blaring music on speaker(s) on the trail. If you want to listen to music during your hike, that’s fine, just wear your headphones! Not everyone wants to listen to your music!
Great hike, just remember to take your time and be patient!
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