After our first (unofficial) company hike, my coworkers and I planned for another hike. This time, we hiked the Tokopah Valley Trail to Tokopah Falls. If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, Chris and I actually hiked this trail last year with our friends, Abby and Jordan. It was exciting being back on this trail because the snow had completely melted in this part of the park and it was nice to experience this hike in a different season.
Chris actually came along on this trip since we went on a Sunday. Along with us were Fred, Thuan, Sam, Nicole and her husband Garrett, Will and Alan. I was excited Will came since he backed out last minute from the first hike we planned due to the high elevation and him claiming to be “unsteady on his feet” – safety first though! (See below, the highest peak was actually where we were during our previous hike)
We met at the Lodgepole parking lot at eight in the morning and went on our hike! It took our group roughly 50 minutes to make it to the falls and it was such a beautiful view. Since we experienced decent rainfall this past winter, the falls were quite lavish. We spent an hour taking photos and relaxed on the rocks that settled underneath the falls. Fred, Sam and Alan took a dive in a little swimming hole by the rocks.
On our way back to the trailhead, we passed by so many families with their young ones headed the opposite direction and that made me really happy – start ’em young! When we got to the parking lot, we all had different plans so we went our separate ways with Chris and I driving back to the city to grab some burgers at In-N-Out, which is starting to a post-hike trend for us.
It was a fun trail and while Chris and I have (almost) always hiked by ourselves, it was great to be surrounded by good company! Until the next adventure, my friends!
Tokopah Valley Trail to Tokopah Falls
Distance: 3.7 miles – out & back
Elevation: 567 ft
Trailhead and Parking: Parking is located within the Lodgepole Visitor Area, past the Lodgepole campground kiosk. From there, follow signs for the camping sites and the trailhead begins after you cross the bridge, to the right.