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We started out on a Wednesday night and hiked the loop trail by moonlight into the Walnut Springs primative camping area to set up camp. After getting set up, we went to the scenic overlook (incredible by moonlight) then near the Moss Lake camping area. An injury forced us back to camp. The next morning we followed some of the Echo Canyon Trail, more of the Loop Trail and parts of the Turkey Pass Trail. We were pleasantly surprised that Moss Lake actually had water and not surprised that the frog pond was completely dry. We would have liked to explore more, but time kept us from staying any longer. A beautiful hike and a great workout.
We hiked the Maple trail a while back and didn't see anyone else in the park. It was after work one evening and it was wonderful. We couldn't wait for the leaves to change to come back and hike the east trail. If you're going for a good work out, hike the entire East Trail. It's a great hike. If you're going to see the maples but don't want a strenuous hike, go about 1/2 mile up either side of the trail. The middle of the trail requires a great deal more effort and the views aren't nearly as pretty as the beginning and end. There are a few really nice views when you're up high, but they really aren't that great. We went on a Saturday when the leaves were beautiful, so there was a line 1 1/2 miles long to get into the park. It was pretty full, but everyone was really nice. I gave solitude a 3 to average out the absolute solitude of our first visit and the absolute lack of solitude from the second visit.
As we were finishing the trail, we saw two other people. It was a nice hike, but there was little shade. We went on a hot day in the middle of the day, but it was worth it. Swimming at the beginning at end was great.