We started from the parking lot at about 1:15pm and made pretty good time up the trail. The weather was pleasant, the clouds were lifting after yesterday's rain and it looked like the sun would be emerging. I noticed that there were still many stream violets in bloom long the trail. The plants along the uppper parts of the had definitely greened up a great deal since the last time I was up it (almost 3 weeks ago). I think that at that time the snow had just barely melted off completely and the air was still pretty cold. In the mean time the temperatures have warmed up a great deal and I think this has made a big difference.
We reached the falls at about 2:45. One and a half hours to the falls is a pretty fast pace for hiking. The snow bank which I had previously seen near the falls was still there, though it was significantly smaller than it had been. Ryan, Sunan, and I hiked up and over it, though we didn't go all the way to right under the falls. After taking a few pictures, we started back down the trail. It took us a little longer to get down than it had to get up, though we stopped on the way down a couple of times. Even so, it still only took about an hour and forty five minutes.
By the end of the hike I could definitely tell that my feet are not used to being walked on for such long stretches at a time. I felt fine in terms of leg and cardio-vascular endurance though, so that was nice.