Everyone else's comments are spot on. If it's rained within a few days (or raining during) of your visit, give this one a go.
We've started on the fire road and we've ended on the fire road. Starting on the falls and ending on the fire road is much much easier than starting on the fire road and ending with the falls.
BUT, the views are actually better if you start on the fire road and end with the falls. It's the same scene, but it's really about the angles you see them. you get different perspectives and angles depending on CW or CCW. When you start on the fireroad, as you start hiking up the hill of the falls trail, the view you have of the falls in front of you is much better than hiking DOWN with the falls behind you. Its definitely a beautiful view keeping the falls in front of you as you hike up hill.
so...pick your poison. We've done both and they both have their pros/cons.
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