My rating is for the entire 10 mile loop. I would give a 4 star for the trip up to Bald Knob. Bald Knob offers a great view, but beyond that on the back side of the trail system it is just loaded with bugs and spiders. The elevation changes and long uphill climbs made for a challenging hike especially in the sections covered in small boulders. I will revisit, but will only go as far as Bald Knob without a doubt.
very tough hike. A hike to Bald Knob and back would be a 4 star hike. We did the full trail and not much past the view. Elevation changes the entire hike. The view on top is def. worth the hike up. No one on trail which is always nice. would def. go again. Would just hike to Knob and back.
Challenging hike because of the elevation changes and inclines/declines, but rewarding. The view at Bald Knob was worth every step. I took the east loop first and it seemed longer, which made getting to Bald Knob even more rewarding.
I thought this was a pretty challenging hike.. if you take the left leg of the loop, there is a killer hill that is about 1 1/2miles long, or maybe more..kicked this old lady's rear for sure..
the trail was even more difficult because of the loose Rocky path.. causing you to choose your steps ..but, the view is pretty spectacular. and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a hard mountain hike...
ps.. the little spring flowers are blooming..
Great trail! It's a longish loop with several good sized hills, a couple of great valley vistas, and lots of rocky glades. With all the leaves down it can be a little difficult to stay on the trail in the valley, the only blazes are are the intersections and maybe one or two more signs in obvious places stating "trail." It had been dry for a while but there was one running stream along the trail, several ponds and a few dry creek beds. As previous reviewers have stated, there are no switchbacks on this trail and you will find yourself moving straight uphill for continuous stretches. You've also got to watch your step as the path is rocky. One of the camps sites surprisingly had a large metal grill. I wouldn't tackle this trail if you aren't in decent shape, though, it is one of the more challenging I've been on in the area.
Buford mountain is what I would specify as "The Perfect Trail" why it is only rated 4/5 stars, I'll never understand. Why is it perfect? It has everything you could hope for from mid-Western America. Unless you're a fantasy romantic and we're hoping four hundred feet cliffs and beautiful waterfalls. But no, it has a rough beginning to ward away weaker, uninvested tourists. But has enough pretty spots and junctions to keep wore avid hikers going. Sure, there are a few times when you're stuck going uphill through the woods for an hour or two, but it's the hard work that makes it worthwhile. Buford mountain is a responsible parent who gives their children bountiful gofts, but makes them work for it so they'll appreciate it more. Instead of the cheap whore-to-the-public places like Elephant rocks! (Don't get me wrong Elephant rocks is a pretty cool place is just way too easy and anyone can get to it without having to work for it). Bringing some water or even a camel back and some food is highly recommended for this trip, there are a lot of rough mountains. Personally I have hiked this trail four times and have even camped overnight on the peak the view of the stars and the landscape are best at dusk.