The first mile of the hike was a dirt trail and it went really fast. After we got to the river it was pretty slow because you pretty much stayed in it the whole time. You can't really tell from these pictures, but the current was really strong. In some parts you could barely keep upright while crossing. I actually fell 5 or 6 times.
As you can see from this picture there are parts of the river that are really high. At one point coming back we floated through a part that you couldn't touch at all.
It was a pretty advanced hike I thought. It was hard to keep your footing since you couldn't see the rocks you were stepping on. They were all different sizes and kind of slippery. The current also made it hard because there was so much resistance. By the end of the 4 1/2 hours of hiking my legs were burning. :) It was really beautiful though and surprisingly cool. Though it was 103 degrees that day, we were in very cool water and the rocks shaded us for a lot of the hike.
I think if I ever did this hike again, the next time I would even start earlier in the day to hike more of it. It isn't one to bring small kids on however. At first I thought how much fun Reanne might have on the hike, but after a while I knew it would be way too hard for her. If you like hiking, I would suggest this one. It was really fun.