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    Member Since June 2018

    Brian Swanick

    Mount Dora, Florida 

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    Brian Swanick reviewed Seven Sisters and Friston Forest Circular Walk

    12 days ago

    Not easy unless you want to spend the day on it. I would not let it intimidate you if you are unsure if you're fit enough, since even seeing the seven sisters from Birling Gap is amazing, but this is not an easy hike.

    Each of the seven sisters requires you to go up and down a steep incline, that is the most treacherous part if you are not able to walk several flights of stairs in one go. I would also wear appropriate footwear. i imagine if it were raining then it would be very slick.

    the good news is that the path along the cliff is very wide, 15m meters at it's most narrow and much wider at many points, so you will not hold up any other parties if you want to take your time.

    i had misread the elevation and hoped to run most of it and was unable to do so, it was simply too steep. if you are looking to run it then you can run the very initial .8 miles, walk the cliffs, then run the final 2 miles back to the car park after the last sister.

    I did not do the full loop so I cannot comment on the inland part of the loop. we took the 12x from Brighton to East dean Bus Shelter, walked a mile to Birling Gap (have a detailed map or ask for directions, it goes through residential area), had a cappuccino naturally, hiked and ran the cliffs, then finished at the Seve Sisters car park (near Friston car park) and took the 12x back to Brighton. round trip the bus was $7 for a 24 hour pass.

    Brian Swanick added 2019 Wales

    about 1 month ago

    Brian Swanick added 2019 Crowley Trails

    about 1 month ago

    Brian Swanick added Denver +30 miles

    about 1 month ago

    Brian Swanick reviewed Mirror Lake Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    I did the loop but entered in from the west side and out the east since I was walking from that direction, they cross paths near the beginning.

    I started pretty early for the short loop, around 930 and I feel like it was ideal for two reasons: less foot traffic (true of all of Yosemite before 9 or 10) and then because of the early morning light. I only stayed 20 or 30 minutes in the area (actually started N NW on the larger loop trail before turning around) and I felt like the pictures I got on the way in were better than when i looked back on the way out.

    it's a great, easy hike. it's not paved like the Falls so it's not as easy as that but the short mileage and little chance of getting lost makes it easy.

    Brian Swanick completed Mirror Lake Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    Brian Swanick reviewed Cibecue Falls via Cibecue Creek Trail

    2 months ago

    I save 5/5 for trails I really love so I dont mean to disparage this one, it was a really good time.

    hard to get lost since you're in a canyon. the trail crosses the river back and forth and sometimes is on both sides. there are some spots right now (july 2019) that are a little deep for kids and some boulders that are pretty big but in not too shocked to read that families make it down ok.

    water was super cold and it was amazing since heat was around 100. bring a hat or buff and sunglasses to protect yourself, with sun screen of course. while there are some fantastic shady spots at the end, there arent a ton along the way. you can find a little shade every half mile but it's not full of places to lounge.

    probably low on the difficulty scale. way less elevation increase than the sierras or the appalachians but a great place to hike that gives you tons of water to cool off in, decisions on when and where to cross, and a nice waterfall at the end to lounge in the shade and look at.

    Brian Swanick added Ohio

    3 months ago

    Brian Swanick reviewed Tampa Riverwalk

    3 months ago

    Brian Swanick completed Tampa Riverwalk

    3 months ago

    Brian Swanick reviewed Upper Tampa Bay Trail

    3 months ago

    the trail had a detour for a few months to repair some of the pavement and that is clear as of june 22, 2019.

    Brian Swanick completed Upper Tampa Bay Trail

    3 months ago

    Brian Swanick saved Double Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Brian Swanick added Queretaro MX

    3 months ago

    Brian Swanick added Arizona

    3 months ago

    Brian Swanick added New Mexico

    3 months ago

    Brian Swanick added Zion

    10 months ago

    Brian Swanick added Blue Ridge Hiking

    11 months ago

    Brian Swanick added New England

    11 months ago

    Brian Swanick followed Keith Schwebel

    11 months ago

    Brian Swanick added Yosemite

    11 months ago

    Brian Swanick reviewed Eagle View Trail

    11 months ago

    Took this on the way to camp on the High Sierra Trail--this is actually just a stop on the longer trail. Views were great here on a clear day (our hike in was hazier and not as lovely), and it's probably worth the stop if you are exploring Sequoia and want to step away from the actual Sequoia trees.

    This takes you along an exposed view of the valley after walking through some of the trees and covered trail near the Crescent Meadow parking area.

    There are quite a few things to do in this area, although we were camping overnight and just kept on backpacking past Eagle's View. You won't need anything to get there, since it's about 0.6 miles. It may not be good with kids since there is no railing.

    Brian Swanick completed Eagle View Trail

    11 months ago

    Brian Swanick added GC - #RimtoRim

    11 months ago

    Brian Swanick followed Simon Guérard

    11 months ago

    Brian Swanick added 2019 CA Trip

    11 months ago

    Brian Swanick added Swiss Trails

    12 months ago

    Brian Swanick saved Murren Loop Trail

    12 months ago

    Brian Swanick saved Moro Rock Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Swanick saved Marble Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Swanick saved Suncoast Parkway Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Swanick saved Flatwoods Park Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Swanick saved Flatwoods Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Swanick saved Upper Tampa Bay Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Swanick added 2018 CA Group Trip

    about 1 year ago

    Brian Swanick saved Morris Bridge Park

    about 1 year ago