dogs on leash
Starting and ending from Chip Ross park was hellish this time of year. The so called road leading to the actual trail is a slushy, muddy nightmare that has been over hammered by hikers and mountain bikers. Definitely needs to be graded and gravelled.
Other than that this was a great hike! Pretty well marked at the various intersections, not abominable for ascent or descent due to the switchbacks. Quite a lovely view from Dimple Hill even with all the fog and sleet. Kind of an icy winter wonderland. Trails are well managed and are gravel bedded in a plastic honeycomb matrix to prevent erosion. Dog friendly hike in a wonderful part of the state.
I tend to hike this starting from the Chip Ross parking lot. The first 2/3 of the trail are fairly easy, with a little bit of hill up and downs but overall pretty flat and downhill. The last third, at Upper Dan's is very steep: definitely the hardest part of the trail and takes the most time. On the way back, you have to go uphill on some of the earlier Dan trail, which is tough after the steepness of Upper Dan's but not bad. Beautiful trail.
Good. Had some steep inclines (lower horse trail). People were running the paths (crazy), I will feel the burn tomorrow. Beautiful and easy to follow trails.
One negative were no porta-potties at the parking site or anywhere on the paths. We went above the Chip Ross path (recommend).