When you do finally reach the 1.7-mile mark and the top of Upper Falls, decking crosses the stream (which is surprisingly small), allowing you to stand on the precipice and get a sense of what an unsuspecting trout is in for. Frankly, though, you’re so in awe of this never-ending miracle of nature
that you pay scant attention to the markers as, switchback after switchback, you keep tabs on the falls’ progress. The trail is well-designed, with switchbacks to ease the climb and handrails in the harrier spots, and offers frequent observation decks where you can pause and marvel.