Hiked the purple trail that starts by the gun range. We felt it was a great hike. You know how out of shape you are with the steep incline. Our German Shepherd was full of energy at the start of the hike. Two hours later he was definitely tired. He slept all the way home. Great trail over all. About water skied down a hill when our dog saw an armadillo.
We hiked a combination of the Purple and White trails on the West side of Hwy 65. The combined trails came in a little over 6 miles and surprised me with an elevation gained of nearly 900'. It took us about 2.5 hours to complete the combined route.
The scenery was nice but not spectacular. The purple trail started just east of the gun range parking lot and took you high on a ridge with multiple switchbacks. The view from the ridge was probably the high point of the hike. The White trail would have been better in the Spring or fall when the creek had some water in it. It was bone-dry but expected in July.
This was a good trail if you live in SGF and don't want to drive far.