stars thepearlwolf Aug. 14, 2019 My other hike tracker showed 7.13 miles and 1015 elevation gain, which I'm more apt to believe because it shows I didn't walk in a straight line through the whole hike like GAIA shows. I believe if you don't explore any of the waterfalls, the hike is only 5.4 miles and 984 elevation gain but if you explore most of the waterfalls, expect your net elevation gain to be over 1000'. The Ascent & Descent #'s on GAIA for most hikes is usually under by a few hundred feet. Even within the app (if you subtract your high elevation from your low elevation, it's still higher than the Ascent figures...ditto for the Descent figures. In and of itself, ascent & descent aren't very helpful since you want to know how much elevation gain you walked, which would be different than total elevation gain/loss. Regardless, this train isn't for everyone for is a great hike for regular hikers and has absolutely beautiful scenery. If you hike regularly and are used to a net elevation gain over 600', you'll be fine and it will definitely be worth it, but if you're used to little elevation gain on your hikes and under four miles, I doubt you'll enjoy this hike. I saw too many people on this hike not enjoying their surroundings because the hike itself was too challenging for them to enjoy the trail. This year (2019), there's abundant moisture, so the wildflowers are plentiful and still around in August! The falls are flowing rapidly and the trail is nice and cool. Don't expect to beat the crowds even though it's out of the way though. It's still busy and the main parking lot fills up fast. You can park at one of the other spots before the main parking lot. Just figure the extra mileage into your hike.