Originally Posted by Hang_time
TShould I give the approach a miss?
You know, if you have the time to spare and want to have the crud beat out of you for the first day, the approach trail is an option. There is NOTHING of value to see there. And, technically, in order to claim you've hiked the approach trail...you have to climb those gawd-awful stairs they have going up the waterfall at the Welcome Center.
I met one of my best friends to this day on the approach trail, so I found some value. But, I was looking for the ledge where the coffee filters were thrown by Katz. Seriously, that section of the book made me laugh so hard that I wanted to see the spot, just to say I had been there. LIES! Didn't exist. Made me a little mad.
Like Dos said, nobody cares if you hiked it after the first couple of weeks. Well, other than the ones that did hike it that are looking for someone to commiserate with about it.