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Steele Falls and Mud Springs

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3.1 mi
Distance
1 hrs 19 min
Moving Time
34:09 min/mi
Pace
  • 1 hrs 44 min
    Total Time
  • 24 min
    Stopped Time
  • 2.3 mph
    Moving Speed
  • 1.8 mph
    Avg Speed
  • 505 ft
    Ascent
  • 501 ft
    Descent
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IF YOU COME HERE USING GOOGLE MAPS FOR DIRECTIONS:
Ensure you come through Gunner Pool Recreation area. The Sylamore area is a labyrinth of forest roads, and by far the easiest way is north of HWY 14 towards Gunner Pool, then right on 71, left on 105. The dirt / gravel roads are in MUCH better condition, especially on a wet day!

As for the hike Itself: This is ’s a fairly easy, gradual hike downhill for a mile and a half, and obviously the reverse on way out. But for the last 100 yards, this hike is all on an old forest road (Branscum Road) which is gated at either end. You can expect a long walk along this road before eventually coming to a few sharper turns.

The first of these turns has a great view of the valley below, and is also a point that you could head in for a short bushwhack to visit Mud Springs Falls while you are there.

If staying on the logging road, you will come across a creek bed that you'll need to cross over (normally this is very low to pretty much dry). There is a trail marker that identifies the short trail up to Steele Falls.

Overall, this is an easy hike, with perhaps a short moderate bushwhack to the bottom of Mud Springs Falls.

This would be a great hike to do and waterfall to see after a good rain, but that may elevate the hike to ‘moderate’. I could see the trail being very muddy, and then a creek crossing to perform near the waterfall.