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This is a loop trail but you do have to walk on the side of Highway 64 for a little ways. If you go during the week or non-busy hiking season you will be the only one on the trail. There are also white blaze markers along the Rock Creek portion but they are old and some are gone due to age or the tree rotted. There are a lot of trees down due to the tornadoes in the area this year so there is a lot of climbing over dead falls, which is fun but have to be careful to not lose the trail in a couple of them. Usually the trail is very easy to follow but its getting more difficult which is also good. We had bear activity when we hiked but not any problems with them. Once at the intersection of the Dry Pond Lead trail on the way to Highway 64 the blaze makers are very easy to find. They are white and diamond shaped. Still one of my funnest day hikes. Mostly because of no people.
I hike this trail quite often and I consider it a good trail. Steady climb from trail head, nothing real steep or technical. Not many views except where trees are cut for power lines. I've seen bear on several occasions but they are easily spooked.