The trail was awesome! We loved it! There was some issues with fallen trees and the rangers needing to remove fallen trees, resulted in a mile detour (that we did not take) or what was referred to as Mud City. Lucky for us, the ground was frozen and through that part there was no mud.
The ups and downs were a killer but was well worth it, even during the winter time the scenery is beautiful. It was definitely a harder hike and took us a good 3 plus hours to make it through the whole thing.
We took our three dogs as well, and they loved every minute of it. They were worn out for a good day afterward! We can't wait to come back and try the other longer trails in the area.
Have to agree with others that the reroute looks and is terrible to walk on. Also got confused on another reroute earlier (we went clockwise) in the trail. The end also had quite a bit of reforestation sections that just looked awful, but the lakes and remainder of the trail are quite nice
Excellent trail, although much of the trail utilizes a service road. The highlights of the back country are, in my opinion, located on the trail section located east of Low Gap Road. Several pine tree stands and creek crossings were the scenic portions of this trail on a mid-January day.
Truly one of the better scenic hikes in the area. However probably 4 miles or so of the trail is on gravel service road which is all around awful to walk on. I was able to do the hike in about 3 hours. Also, there is a lot of hunting around the trail this time of the year so make sure to wear bright colors! All around it is well marked and a great backcountry hike.