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I decided to go hiking when it was 27 degrees out (what was I thinking?). Regardless, the trail was empty and it was really nice. Depending on which point you decide to enter this trail, will really determine effort. I hiked the Johnson trail first and ended up with a much steeper incline than if I had started at the official Salt Point trail head. However, it was still a great hike and hope to return once the vegetation is green again.
This is a super easy trail that's great for beginners or anyone who just wants to get out there and commune with nature. You can do it alone or join up to one of the other trails in the area. Salt Lick Point Trail picks up from Johnson Trail but you have to be prepared to climb for that one!
My grandparents had lived in Valmeyer my whole life and I'd never gotten the opportunity to hike any of the local trails. I enjoy hiking but I'm more of an amateur hiker. This trail totally kicked my butt! In the end I was rewarded with the most awesome views and a sense of satisfaction second to none. This trail is absolutely not for beginners but if you're stubborn like me, you can still make it happen. The terrain does change rapidly and it's very challenging. I will be going back!