For our first hike in February for the 52 Hike Challenge we decided to do a stroller friendly hike, mostly to avoid the mud. We’ve done Dripping Rock Trail before in warmer weather, but we certainly weren’t getting in the water this time! Dripping Rock Trail in Winter didn’t look too much different from the summer time.
This gentle trail is paved the entire way and leads to a really cool overhang where water comes pouring down. The hike is only about 1 mile round trip. Our boys love to look in the water, and walk through the tunnel as we begin the Dripping Rock Trail. In the winter, we didn’t see too much, other than a few robins and a dipper.
We like this hike, but we were a little disappointed in the amount of dog poop that we had to hop around. This got better farther up the trail, but it was pretty bad right by the parking lot, so watch out. This is a dog-friendly trail, but if you decide to hike with your dog, please remember to clean up after her.
Since the trail is paved, we were able to avoid the mud, and the temperature was just right. We did this hike after a warm spell in February, so most of the snow was melted. There were patches on the sides of the trail, but we never had to walk through any snow, so we hiked in tennis shoes. We even climbed down to the edge of the water and stayed mostly clean by sticking to the rocks and dry places. Our boys are pretty good at avoiding muck, though. And it is definitely slippery going down, so be careful.
We walked all the way to the end of the trail which is just a short distance past the Dripping Rock section of the trail. We found another disappointment when we reached the end. There was a lot of graffiti. There is a small waterfall coming over a cement barrier, and the local no-goodniks have had a field day practicing their spelling. Again, this is an urban hike, so this will always be a problem, but we didn’t want our boys learning to read there.
We only spent around 45 minutes on this hike, and the trail is wide and clear, so you could definitely push a stroller or wheelchair. There wasn’t anyone else on the trail, and we love spending a few moments out in nature as a family. We wonder what this trail is like in the middle of January after a big snowstorm, so we will have to try hiking it next winter, too. This is definitely a favorite hike because the water is always dripping, and it is so fun to watch.