January 2014, I tied my hiking shoes early in the morning to venture on a 2-hour hike. Cascade Trail, on the Hidden Valley Inn property, is a trail like no other. It is characterized by the beauty of the landscape throughout the entire path.
In order to access the hundreds of kilometers of trails on the property, you must stay on site. It is a 5-star inn, very calm and serene. At a high altitude in the Pine Ridge forest, mosquitos are a rare thing. It is with the sounds of fire crackling in the chimney that we fall into Morpheus’ arms before starting, on the very next morning, a full day out in nature. Hidden Valley really gets the essence of eco-tourism!
Cascade trail is very unique. On one side, you have Tiger Fern with several tones of flamboyant greens and pines. What a sight! The earth is of a reddish tint which enhances all other colors. All along the trail, dozens of cascades follow the river banks. Depending on the season, blues vary greatly. It is a trail for intermediate to advanced hikers since many small wooden bridges need to be crossed, along with some steep hills.
After the hike, if you still have energy left, take the path leading to Butterfly Falls, its vibrant blue color is of the most impressive. The sun mirroring on the basin, as well as the surrounding cliffs make it an exclusive site! You will find yourself alone in a magical place to have a picnic or a swim. This is also a unique wedding location.
The team and tour guides are very knowledgeable. And a special attention is dedicated to each visitor as we feel the personnel’s desire to share information. Comfort is guaranteed, tranquility and exquisite meals, as well as the most welcoming of experiences.