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    Amanda Altman reviewed V Bar V Heritage Site Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Very disappointed! We drove out to this trail because Montezuma Castle didn't take us as long to explore as he had hoped. We got there at 4:30pm and came to a road block with as sign stating that access is allowed Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 3:00pm and violators are subject to a $200 fine. I'm giving it 2 stars rather than just one because we were able kill an hour just exploring the river's edge near the bridge and it was quite lovely. Would have loved to see the petroglyphs though.

    Amanda Altman completed V Bar V Heritage Site Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Amanda Altman reviewed Silly Mountain Park

    almost 2 years ago

    Nice trail. Some steep climbs and declines. The trails themselves are well marked and the area is well kept. I didn't see and trash out litter laying around which was nice. Trails are very steep and rocky, so take your time. It's was however more crowded than I like. My biggest turn off is that the historical sites are hard to find. We tried to find the grave and the old mine but there were no signs for them that we could see.

    Amanda Altman completed Silly Mountain Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed Puerco Pueblo Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman reviewed Lower Salt River Nature Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    ATTENTION HUMANS: YOU SUCK! I'm sorry, but this place is a disgrace! There were piles of trash in places. And I'm not talking about an occasional water bottle or food wrapper. I mean LOADS of garbage, some near the water line! There is spray-painted graffiti on the boulders...so tacky! I am just very ashamed of the mess that this natural habitat has become. And those horses have to live amongst all that trash!
    I see people on here complaining about the horse droppings on the trail. Sure, that was an inconvenience, but I can't be mad about it. We were in THEIR home, after all.
    As for the hike itself, these were my issues:
    1: You have to pay an $8 day use fee in order to park there. Yet there is no evidence that this trail/rec area ever gets maintained....EVER!
    2: There is no trail markings at all. I saw one sign at the parking lot denoting the trailhead. But we were left to guess about the rest of it. We followed a couple foot paths that went along the river. We had to scramble up and down a few rocks, some very tall and steep. But through it all we never came across a discernible "loop trail". This came as a surprise to me because typically National Forest trails are very well marked and maintained.
    **However, having said all this...we came to see wild horses and we were not disappointed in that aspect. We saw 4, and they were beautiful!**
    But PLEASE people.... **PLEASE** be more careful about cleaning after yourselves.
    PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT!!!

    Amanda Altman completed Lower Salt River Nature Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman reviewed Rim Lakes Vista Trail to General Crook Trail Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Don't do the loop! The rim lakes vista trail is beautiful. But the general crook trail and the military sinkhole nature trail were very disappointing.

    On the suggestion of a review I read (on another website) we took the loop counter clockwise starting with the general crook trail. This is more of a dirt road than a trail. It was hot and the was no shade to be has anywhere. The first thing I noticed was that the forest was really thin and ask the tree were marked. Not long later I noticed that trees...a lot of trees...had been cut down. We saw a bulldozer and a tree-cutter parked on the side of the trail. Soon after we came across two huge piles of dead, cut down trees.

    I go on hikes to get in touch with nature, and this is not what I want to see.

    1.8 miles later we took a left onto military sink hole nature trail. At first it wasn't much better. We were still seeing signs of deforestation but as we went on we came across trees that appeared to have fallen naturally. A couple were blocking the trail and we had to climb over them. As the trail descended into the "sinkhole" it started to feel more like a hike. The road (fr 300) came into view as we ascended out of the "hole" and then he came to the truly beautiful part of the hike.

    We crossed fr 300 to the first of many vistas. Lovely mountain views that seemed to go on forever!!! There is a parking lot here and there were quite a few people hanging out, but this is the only place where we came across anyone. We stopped for a water break and to take pictures. The rest of the hike took twice as long as it should have because I was constantly stopping to take pictures. The views were amazing! There was a storm in the distance just over the rim. It made the temperature drop about 10 degrees and made the view even more amazing!

    The last mile of the hike we were walking away from the rim and there wasn't much to see but we met a cute little horned lizard.

    I'm really glad we got the unpleasant part of this loop over with first. If we were to do it again I would forget about the loop and do the rim lakes vista trail out-and-back.

    Amanda Altman completed Hieroglyphic Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed Petrified Forest Scenic Drive

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed Giant Logs Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed Crystal Forest Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed Red Mountain Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed HoneyBee Canyon North Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed HoneyBee Canyon South Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed Spur Cross Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed Little Horse Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed Horton Creek Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Amanda Altman reviewed Little Bradley Falls

    over 3 years ago

    Very nice hike. It's fairly easy except for a couple of tricky spots. In addition to the creek crossing, there are two stream crossings that post a bit of a challenge and may slow you down. The spot where we had to climb the bolders was particularly challenging. Crossing the creek is no big deal if you're like me and don't care about getting wet. The falls are very pretty and there is a nice swimming hole at the base. Even as early as mid May the water wasn't too cold (at least for me).

    Amanda Altman completed Little Bradley Falls Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed Porters Creek Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Amanda Altman reviewed Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek

    over 3 years ago

    My husband, 8-year-old son hiked to the Chasteen Creek Cascade. We began with the Bradley v Fork Trail from the Smokemont Campground. The trailhead is located in section D of the campground. At the time of our hike (mid-April), only sections A & B were open. He had to park in section B and walk 4 tenths of a mile to the trailhead.
    According to the app on my phone (map my hike), the Chasteen River cascades is 1.96 miles from the beginning if the Bradley Fork Trail. Go straight through the first junction. The trail on the right goes to a horse stable. WARNING!!! This trail is used by horses and you will have to watch your step. (There were A LOT of droppings when we hiked this trail, which is why I only have it 4 stars) Stay on Bradley Fork Trail until you get to the Chasteen Creek Trail junction, then turn right. This junction comes after crossing a bridge that goes over the Chasteen Creek. You will know you are close to the cascade when you come across a house hitching post. The trail will then dead-end and you will notice a very narrow and steep trail to the right. Take this trail. It will only take you about (I estimate) 50 yards or so before you begin to see the falls.It was a lovely hike on a relatively wide and level trail. There is a view of the creek for most of the hike. There were 3 tiny waterfalls on the way and plenty of wildflowers. The Chasteen Creek Cascade itself is a small falls, but very picturesque with a nice viewing area ideal for a picnic.

    Amanda Altman completed Oconaluftee River Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Amanda Altman completed The Boogerman Trail

    over 3 years ago