Hiked from the trailhead on cedar run to skyline and back today . Pretty hard trail but man the views and water features are amazing !!! Rocky and lots of up. Was going to go for hawksbill but ran out of time and it was extremely cold on skyline . The decent was pretty technical and snow and ice added a layer of wet complexity . Awesome place though !!!
Excellent morning hike. Did the whole loop. Took me 4hrs 45min. with a few stops here and there. Ended up with 12.1 miles. Beware, I couldn't find a very suitable "people crossing" across the stream in the south most corner, near the end got me since I stayed the loop going north. I went up stream and got lucky and stayed dry. Otherwise, excellent trail.
Allayna G. on Mint Springs Valley Park Trails
The Fire trail is rough, but lovely. I'm currently at the "top" deciding to go either left to the rest of the fire trail or to the right and go on the Big Survey Trail. Since I seriously underestimated the climb and the rocks (after an ankle injury) I think I'll just head back down. Thank goodness for this lovely bench at the fork in the road!
Oh-and while the trail is fairly clear, there are zero trail markers.
We started at Hawksbill parking and went down first -step but do able if you have no extra weight or lower leg issues and have the correct shoes and perhaps walking sticks for making your decent flow better . We crossed the river several times then climbing back up to hawksbill . The up was easy if your used to climbing without stopping.We did over 8 miles in about 4 hours plus a little change.