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Greg Hammer
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Everything it's said to be and then some.

Blaine Hooper
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Best trail so far for dogs! My mini Aussie absolutely loved it. Great spots at the creek with water most of the way. Relaxing, quiet (if you go early, I started at 5a.m.) Parking fills quickly, small walk to the trail-head, with a few different path options throughout, but overall easy to follow. Highly recommend for dogs and groups looking to relax.... head to the peak past the spring to had a few strenuous miles, if you’re up for it. Spring was cool, but not amazing.... The quiet forest path near the creek surrounded by beautiful pines is this hikes main attraction. Safe travels

Bryan & September Helton
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Nothing like walking in the clouds.

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Ally Leapard
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Great, challenging hike! The rock scrambles were difficult at points. There was one which required a boost from my husband to get over! We started at 9:30 on a Thursday morning in July and it wasn't terribly crowded. I wish I had brought a small towel to wipe sweat off of myself. Bring plenty of water!!! We reached the summit by 12:30 and were back to the parking lot around 3:30. The hike down is a piece of cake compared to the hike up, thankfully!

Sharon Moore
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Did this trail for the first time late June. Got to the parking lot at 8:30am and it was getting full. There is a fee (I think $15 pp), so I just purchased an annual pass. The trail started with a good amount of incline until reaching the rock scrambles. I've never been on a trail with rock scrambles like this and quite frankly didn't know they existed in Virginia. I can see why this is such a popular trail! It was semi busy and a lot of times you had to wait on the person in front of you to make it through a particular scramble. Personally, that did not bother me as I wasn't in a hurry. Having upper body strength and a grippy pair of gloves are recommended. I also enjoyed the camaraderie amongst the fellow hikers that was trying to make it through the scramble and on the trail in general. There were times at the rock scrambles that it wasn't clear on where to go. I thought I had reached the summit several times, but until you see the actual sign- keep going! Some complaints of how breezy it is at the summit, but it was very welcomed by myself as I was HOT! I did not find the breeze the be unbearable at all. I had lunch at the summit on the rocks. I will say, make sure you have sun screen or sit in the shade because the breeze can cause you to not realize how much sun you're actually getting because of how cool you are. Going down the mountain was the toughest part for me because I have high arches and joint issues. Thankfully, it turned into a fire trail/road. This trail soon runs beside water that you can access at certain spots to sit/step in to cool off. Upon getting to the bottom, I was caught off guard with the mile hike back uphill to get to the parking lot. Yes, it was a battle because 1.) you're not expecting it 2.) there's not a lot of gas left in your tank 3.) you've already cooled down for the most part. Apparently after reading other reviews this is a new route or detour to get to the parking lot. Anyhow, overall this hike was the most exciting one, but not the most challenging one I've done. Will definitely do it again. Maybe in the fail to see the foliage. Also, make sure you have enough water. I used 2.5L and could've definitely used all 3L if I hadn't packed and drank a propel water. Enjoy

Jeep Atkinson
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HikingBugsFee

Highly recommend, if you're confident in your stamina and footwear. Some spots are bare, steep, sheer rock. The views and cool breeze in the shade were wonderful and I know I'll have to do more White Mountain hikes, this being my first.

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Liz B
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Hiking

Great hike. Not very crowded. Hot but no bugs! Beautiful view at the top.

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J A.
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Incredible trail...it was a bit challenging (for me as this was my first hike in years!) with a steady incline but the trail was well marked and maintained. We only saw a few other people on our way up but more were climbing up as we were descending. The view from the top was spectacular!

Mark Baum
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Very nice, quick hike in the cool morning air with a great view at the top. We started at about 6:30 and saw only a few other people.

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Victoria Nguyen
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HikingScramble

Completed in August 2015. Nice hike, fun scramble. Only thing is the end (depending on which way you start) is a boring hike through the woods on a paved road.

peter ferenz
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Get here as early as possible. It's a heavily trafficked trail. The views are trully outstanding. It was sacred to the Cherokee for good reason. It is paved so just about anyone can do it.

Jtac G
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Great trail. Trail is a steady incline but not too bad. Seems a little eroded but good trail maintenance. Views from top on the ledge make the trip up well worth while

Bryan Shin
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Nice and easy trail for the whole family to enjoy. Well paved, and it is connected with the Appalachian Trail. There were quite a lot of people around 10 AM and there were some wearing masks while most didn't. It was a bit cloudy/foggy this morning so we weren't able to see the view up top too well, but the weather felt perfect for hiking. We went back up around 7:30 PM to see the sunset (8:50 PM) but we couldn't see the sunset too well because of the clouds. We caught a glimpse of the sun for the quick second.

K2 The V
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Would have given this take a five if more people would have been wearing masks!

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Pearry 23656
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Gris Monroy
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Paved road nice for runs or road bike

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Morgan Ford
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Casey L
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This trail is mostly made up of wide fire roads - great for hiking during quarantine. The trail has a nice overlook of the city about 0.1 miles in (where it intersects with the popular Los Liones trail). Then it’s about 2.5 miles to the Parker Mesa Overlook. No parking allowed on the weekends from 8a-6p, but you can park farther down the road on one of the switchbacks and walk uphill.

Snigdha Pallerla
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Beautiful Lake with awesome views of the mountains. Very easy to walk dirt trail around the lake. The lake looks splendid both during Summer and December-May when its stays frozen.

Harry Campbell
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Hiking

Finished in 2 hours. Nice views and definitely a moderate hike with some good uphill portions at the beginning. Nice wide path and wasn't too busy on a Wednesday at 10 am. Not too tough to park either. I went on a hot clear day which is great for the views and there was Also a nice breeze. But I wouldn’t want to start too much later.

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Paul Lettieru
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Not many people on trail today. Very limited view at top due to fog/clouds but still a great hike, relatively short and easy.

Kevin Johnson
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Hiking

Great flat walk with nice views the whole way around! The two sides are different so it stays interesting. The perfect rainy day walk as well as it’s covered by the canopy most of the time.

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Pat Lancaster
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This is an awesome, very good views. The lake is amazing. This is a dog friendly trail but it's very rocky and can be hazardous for dogs.

Sara Blessing
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A great, easy, and relaxing walk around the lake. Heads up - there are some hills, bumps, and turns that make a wheelchair or stroller challenging. We had a double BOB stroller and had no issues (other than one part of the trail where a tree was down and we had to lift the stroller to get around it). There is a very clear path, and many spots where you can go right down next to the lake. The scenery is beautiful!

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