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Full Moon Hike with REI on the yellow/white/blue trail to Tripod Rock in downpour rain. As a beginner hiker there were moments of intensity but overall excellent terrain and vista. Would love to do it again if only to see the moon without an overcast sky and rain. :)

trail running
19 days ago

went to this place to trail run. the terrain is a bit tough for trail running, I couldn't get any momentum built up because of all the rocks, tree roots, and rock scrambling. definitely not for trail running if you want to run fast, but definitely a decent hike if you're in the area. wouldn't go out of my way for it though, the views are lame and there wasn't that much to see. the balancing rock was pretty cool to see

Trail was well marked and had some good hill climbs and decents. trail was clear of overgrowth and fallen trees, easy to navigate, especially with the AllTrails map. the peak was a little lame, no view that I saw, and I didn't see the ruins. decent veiw at the top of the power line section. bugs were horrendous, spider webs, gnats, mosquito, and biting flies, but it was mid July and recently rained so it's just that season. the water fall was pretty cool, would have liked to hang out at the water fall a bit longer but had to keep moving because of the bugs swarming my head

Very fun hike but it would have been impossible without GPS and the AllTrails app, because there are almost no markings on the trails. Even with GPS and the AllTrails app, finding our way was difficult at times. Sometimes we would just start walking where the trail was supposed to be and it would eventually materialize. That said, while South Mountain Reservation is often crowded, we were hiking alone, which was great, on much of this route — probably because no one else knows about or can find it. Interestingly, the trails themselves are mostly in pretty good condition, so someone is clearly handling the upkeep — just not the markings.

Our dog loved it!

Exactly what I read. Easy to moderate hike but I wish the app would tell you ahead of time which colored blazes you should follow. Unless I missed it, I didn’t see it.

Fantastic well maintained loop. Lots to see!! Lime Kiln and Ice Castle ruins along the trail.

Fun hike , a little bit of everything

Well marked. Very nice trail.

it barely splits off from the road. it's hard to enjoy a hike when you can see and hear the traffic only a dozen or so feet away from you. if that bothers you, you may not enjoy it. however, there were a couple of good views.

2 months ago

Must have miscalculated the trail on the app. Did a smaller loop using blue, ridge and valley and green trails. Beautiful well maintained trail. Some downed trees, someone has attempted to clear them. Some mud on trails. Worth getting mixed up. Absolutely would do again.

Great hike that would fill a morning or afternoon! We hiked it right after a thunderstorm so the bugs were awful, except at the peak because of the breeze. 100% worth it! It can be done with little to no technical gear. Athletic apparel is completely acceptable, just be carful with footing!

Nice loop hike some water views - good hike would go back!

Worst hike EVER!!! So overgrown and the mosquitoes are OUT TO EAT!!! Sprayed all of the bug spray multiple times throughout the hike and not one misquote or biting fly was deterred!

That being said, it might be better later in the season when they’ve cleaned up the trails and sprayed.

Walked the extended version (yellow blaze) of this trail yesterday. A few sections had trees blocking the trail that required off trail walk arounds.

Very nice trails. Wide and well marked. We hiked a variation of the loop; after passing Tripod Rock, instead of going around toward Whale Rock we went down along the reservoir on the orange trail. This loop was four miles. We hiked on Memorial Day Weekend and there were plenty of maps at the trail head. There were a lot of people on the trails but it did not feel crowded. The map is also downloadable. We will definately go again and do different loops.

2 months ago

It was pretty good

An easy trail that may get you lost towards the end of the outer swamp trail. overall it was a fun trail with nice view of the two waterfalls and other scenes. A nice breezy trail to do.

Decent trail but very poorly marked. The waterfall also isn’t worth the long trek to it. Had to use my phone a lot to navigate and got lost quite a few times. Prolly not gunna go back here again

Very enjoyable!

I was pleasantly surprised with this trail ! It’s very large with all different levels of hiking trails . You’ll find rare birds , streams , huge rocks ! I mean huge ! It’s a very lovely place to visit ! As you walk down the trails every so often you’ll find rocks people stack as they go by and it’s overall very peaceful .

3 months ago

Really nice hike

The river is too full to allow you to cross without getting your shoes wet. For that reason, it's better to just start the hike from other trail heads. Other than that, the trail was well marked and not too strenuous. Be careful of snakes. We saw a big Mexican black kingsnake next to the river.

Unfortunately a tree has fallen on the stream bridge, creating a damn and a waterfall over it. It's not crossable unless you're willing to wade and climb over a fallen tree, not really safe, definitely not possible with kids.

Great trail!! but as the reviews said it’s hard to navigate so I brought my phone with me and used the map and gos function built into the app, which made things very easy.

I gave it 4/5 because most of the trail is great but there is a bit of walking under power lines at the end.

Take some time and enjoy the waterfall it’s the best part

3 months ago

A decent hike but makes me miss well blazed and maintained Colorado trails. Sections of the yellow trail very muddy and torn up. Several trees down across the trail. A few more blazes would be helpful also. At times you have to look back for a blaze going the other direction to be sure you’re on the right path. Typical trail for the area with lots of tree roots and rocks.

4 months ago

Very well maintained trails & easy to follow...great hike for kids as there are a few different places where they can explore the remnants of some historic structures!

The view at the top of this is OK. Got a little lost coming down. Pay attention to the trail blazers, easy to get off course.

It’s a nice, local spot with a small waterfall. Trail markings are difficult but if you know your way, it’s possible to stay off of paved roads and in some beautiful wooded areas with nice creeks. Great for our dog and 5 year old daughter.

trail running
4 months ago

Lots of roots, trunks to climb over, rocks and mud

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