dogs on leash
It is a wonderful trail, and I am grateful to those who maintain it. Haven't been there since the spillway opened and closed, but before that, here's some advice: Wear mosquito repellant such as a very effective recipe on the internet with catnip tea, essential oil, vanilla, and witch Hazel. Have good front AND back brakes and don’t be afraid to slow down…some of the declines are pretty momentous. Putt-putt once through so you know where the sand is. More important, anticipate the stretches that are 10-foot drop-off’s parallel to water and those with some sand too. It is not a beginner bike trail. When you hear the "bike holler" or bell, just pull over or stand aside to the right to let them pass. Some of these bikers slam this trail, and rightly so, but if you've been riding for a few months, even on the street fast and hard, you can get through. All the bridges have walk-arounds, which I use most of the time. Berms were well maintained when I went, but can't say now. I wish we could get rid of the loose sand for the sake of safety and speed.
Flowers are pretty, trails extremely overgrown. The park ranger we talked to was a first class A-hole. There were some locals here wearing rotary club vests, doing some kind of high school running event that were very rude as well. Maybe it's just the area.
I love this place. I think giving it a one star because of the location on the app is off, isn't fair. Don't rate something negative just because you're too lazy to do your research first. If your reading this and the location still says Colfax, please report the location issue at the top right of the page.
If you love to explore, this is the place for you. It's so big and there are so many trails, you won't see them all in one day. check out their website and look at the google earth map that they have available for download.
Just hiked the backbone trail this past weekend (Sept. 2-3). Was anticipating there to be water at the bathrooms at the Caroline Dorman trailhead where we started, but there was not, so be prepared for that and bring water before you go. Wore shorts as it was beginning of September in Louisiana, but I would STRONGLY recommend wearing hiking pants-had to do a bit of bushwhacking and ended up with many cuts after. As stated, your biggest challenge will be water, so be prepared. We got a late start and only hiked about 1.5 miles in the first night before finishing the rest the next day. Trail was a bit sandy and provided a good workout and escape from reality. Did not get any views as we did not have time to hike the highridge trail, bummer. All in all, I would probably go back and hike this again, but I would wear hiking pants and bring more water. Also, I mapped the hike along the road and it was just over 3 miles. Next time, I would knock this out in the beginning of the hike because hiking 3 miles in the brutal heat at the end of the hike was rough
Hiked this trail yesterday in the rain. It was a little muddy but held up well. Really good scenery for LA. This trail isn't too long or difficult, and my 4 year old walked the first 1/2 mile and back. There are some other trails in the area that you can tackle, which may make the drive more worth it.