I have backpacked this loop several times over the years. This trail is typical of what you can expect on the KT. It is wonderful for training for the AT or Philmont. Last completed in June of 2016. It is great to see the northern portion opened again after being closed in 2014 & 2015. It is exactly what you would expect for the KT. Bring trekking poles - while the climbs are not long they do take a toll. Not for the beginning backpacker.
It's a good challenge. Lots of hills. The clear cuts that the trail goes through were terrible. No markers in those areas( all the trees with markers were taken down) and easy to get turned around in. Kind of makes you wonder why they call it resource management. Could definitely use some basic maintenance, but overall a good trail.
b d. on Knobstone Trail
Just hiked from the Oxley to the elk creek trailhead. The map said it was a little over 5m but my garmin gps showed almost 10m. We never got lost or went off trail so I'm not sure what is up with that. This is a challenging trail by the time I reached the last hill (felt like a mountain) I was beat.
Good trail for late fall and early spring. Summer time its extremely buggy.. as in lots of mosquitoes.
We hiked Vista Trail (by way of the Nature Trail and Lakeshore Loop Trail) and enjoyed the multiple ascents and descents. The trail was very challenging at times, though definitely worth the exertion. It was well-marked but some parts were a little overgrown, and we probably walked through poison ivy (so pants are recommended). We hiked on a Weds afternoon and didn't see any other hikers.