dogs on leash
Crystal C. on Womble Trail
I've been from North Fork Lake to Hwy 270. Enjoyed every step. Love looking out off the top of Gaston Mtn. Haven't seen anyone else on the trail yet but have seen some sign of people being there before me. Can't wait to do some more of it.
Outstanding trail and so beautiful! I started at Little Missouri Falls overflow parking lot because the trail is right in front of you. There were 3 river crossings and it could have been 5 where water shoes are required and there are several other stream crossings as well. My trail runners were damp half of the time. Traveling counter-clockwise, I camped on the straight part of the trail just past Eagle Rock Summit the first night. I fell just 3 miles short of completing my hike the second day, but landed at an incredible campsite to enjoy my last night. Starting from where I did was perfect because you get through the big ups and downs while your fresh. The final one:, Brush Heap Mountain is a real doozy!
It was a great experience with this trail. As soon as reviewed this Nov 2016, I made up my mind to do backpacking Dec 17, 2016. I went ccw starting from WS parking. Even though blazes were helpful, I got confused twice around little missouri falls. While gage height was around 2ft, i had to cross wet three times. Because of my miscalculation, I had to sleep in hammock on the top of eagle rock vista at 18F lol. It was a really challenging trail, but I enjoyed and will come back again Jan 2017 with my sons.
Would rate this trail "difficult" because of the multiple steep mountain climbs. Inclines, inclines, inclines! Wouldn't make this the last trail if doing the whole ERL. The very top of Brush Heap Mountain had the best view at about 2000 ft. Recommend that overlook.
Wolfpen has not added more trails as the previous review stated. They have steadily been removing trails from the system. That's why a low star rating. Plus the trails are now closed Nov. through February. The trails system is also primarily for ATV riding. Huge tourism draw for the area which led to all the cabins near the trail. Favorite trails are 3,8, and 6. Improvements being made are making for a less primitive trail system and more like roads.
Wow, such an incredible trail. We went clockwise around the trail starting in the Northwestern corner. The trail is full of streams and water crossings. I only had to cross wet twice. Blazes are plentiful, just make sure you pay attention it's easy to get off trail on accident. We hiked the hard mountainous section last. Do not underestimate the difficulty of it. There are at least 5 significant climbs, we are both in good shape and had to take numerous breaks. Next time I may do the trail counterclockwise to knock out the hard part on day one. The rest of the trail is a breeze.
This trail is amazing! There is so much variety in scenery and surroundings. It is a challenge especially the Athens Big Fork section, but that is also what makes it fun. Finished the loop in 2 days. Hiked this the Friday/Sat. after Thanksgiving and the weather was perfect - mid 50s during day and low 40s at night. The only trouble we had was that some side trails were not clearly marked. Took a wrong turn on a trail that led to a parking lot, another wrong turn on an ATV trail, and one more wrong turn onto a side trail. I suppose if we were more meticulous about looking at the map, or had sinked up our phone with an AllTrails map, we may have avoided some of these issus. But either way, I don't know why the paths couldn't have been marked more clearly. All-in-all was a loving trip!
Beautiful trail, but what the heck the trails are so poorly marked. When you get to the end and think there's no where to go- cross the river. It took us forever to find the right area. But very beautiful great swim once we got to the peace sign rock!