This is my favorite hiking trail by far yet! Some of the best and most scenic views that you can ask for. Lots of nature to look at ( both plants and animals) I do take my Shiba Inu with me every time, (not in summer) and he loves it. There are always other dogs out there too. The trial does have some treacherous terrain and hills, but worth it every time. Every time I leave, I can't wait to come back.
Road about 3 miles at first, STAY ON PATH!!!! I made a mistake and thought it was an optional road to take. Road uphill and around a bend just to find an abandon parking lot???? Discovered this was an old ammo storage site for WWII. All buildings and roads are gone... would never know it was such a place until I found a handicap parking spot in the middle of nowhere..... Needless to say... wasted a lot of energy... it was fun, pack food and water... I can imagine the 10.5 mile trail can take about 3-5 hours to complete (that's what I heard from others). All depends on your skill level, breaks etc. I also suggest do not ride alone...its the woods and we do live in bear country and during the summer expect snakes... bring first aid kit...FYI. I plan to go back in a few weeks and will stay on path.
I was a bit bummed out by the amount of double track gravel in this trail. The first 2.5 miles is all double track gravel plus some other parts that added up to about 4 miles total. The dirt trail portions were great though! There was some pretty good scenery and I ran into a few Deer just feet off the trail, which was really nice. :) The trail is an easy moderate for running though. Not much elevation gain and not too technical. There were a few technical spots which were super fun, but overall, it was moderately easy for running.