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    Charlie Newton completed Hooker Falls Trail

    20 days ago

    Charlie Newton completed Lake Hodges Overlook Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Charlie Newton completed Torrey Pines Beach Trail Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Charlie Newton reviewed Bill Kimball - Coldspring Branch Loop

    about 2 years ago

    This is a good workout loop that runs by a nice branch and a couple of waterfalls (which you have to go off trail to get a good view of -- there are paths already there for you to follow) It is challenging either way you go...if you take the Coldspring Branch trail first from the trail head, it is almost all downhill, but not a drastic descent, and the Bill Kimball is a gruelling gain that seems to go on forever...If you take the Bill Kimball trail first from the trail head, you have the drastic and challenging descent which is worse than going up, in my opinion, then the Coldspring Branch is a lonnnng, but not too drastic, incline out. Either way, as I said, is a workout, but I like to take the Bill Kimball last so I can take the incline, even though it is quite a handful...I had rather take the incline than the descent on that trail, personally. There are several creek crossings and there is a good chance you will get your feet wet, so waterproof shoes/boots are a good idea. There are also several large downed trees you have to go under and some you have to go over, so you have to be fairly agile. I do not recommend this loop for small children or inexperienced hikers/walkers. There are several places that can be dangerous, especially if you have grown fatigued and a little sloppy. It took us three hours to do this loop, but it could be done much quicker if you focused on the task at hand. We took our time and stopped often to make photos and sightsee. We only saw two other people on the trail the whole time we were out and it was a beautiful autumn afternoon (Sunday), so apparently this is not a heavily trafficked loop. It was great to have the place all to ourselves!

    Charlie Newton added Issaqueena Lake Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Charlie Newton reviewed Issaqueena Lake Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This is a nice little 5-mile trail that is family friendly and easy to walk (in terms of difficulty). It is a network of trails that can be confusing if you do not know where you are going. I suggest pulling up one of the recorded maps here on AllTrails and navigating with it so you will know where you are at all times until you learn your way around. Otherwise, you really have no way of keeping your bearings once you are inside the network of trails. It's no big deal, though, since you can find your way back out fairly easily. But if you want to walk the "Issaqueena Lake Trail" as it is shown on the map, you had better use that map to navigate by because there is no way to know which trails to take...it is not common sense and the trails are not marked all the way. And the map on the board at the trail head is no help at all. You can walk on the road down to the dam if that is all you are there to see...it's about a mile and a half. If you take the Dam Rd. Trail, it's a little over two miles.
    If I were simply rating the view of the lake and dam, I would definitely give this trail 4 stars. But the fact is, this is a confusing and hard to follow trail - nearly impossible without navigation or trial and error effort - and the map at the trail head does not match the actual trail information inside the trail network. The trails are named (most of them), so you could learn them easily enough, but for someone coming out for the first few times, they are a frustrating jumble of intertwining paths that are hard to piece together and know what you will get. Still, I like this place a lot and I have already been out several times. I am already learning my way around and I can definitely see the charm that is Issaqueena. I would recommend these trails, for sure.

    Charlie Newton added Fant's Grove Loop

    about 2 years ago

    Charlie Newton completed Issaqueena Lake Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Charlie Newton followed Karen S

    about 2 years ago

    Charlie Newton followed Karen S

    about 2 years ago

    Charlie Newton reviewed Hidden Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    This is a nice little trail branching off the Foothills Trail in Oconee State Park. We only met two other couples the whole time we were out, and I understand that this is fairly normal for this trail (not very heavily traveled) but I don't know for sure. I would rate the hike easy to moderate, with only a few places that might challenge the inexperienced hiker/walker. Even the "hard" hills are pretty short lived, and they are concentrated near the falls. The rest of the trail is a walk in the woods. Even if you struggle, the hike is worth the effort for the waterfall at the end. It is small, but cool. You can climb up to it if you dare, but I personally don't recommend being too daring because it can be very dangerous. It is probably best enjoyed from down below. I gave this trail four stars because it has a waterfall; otherwise I feel it is a solid three stars, simply because it is an ordinary, no-frills foot path. Other then the waterfall, this is just like any other trail with no real views or high points. I love to walk in the woods, but to me, four stars has to be more than just a walk in the woods...it was the waterfall that did it.

    Charlie Newton followed Sheila Newton

    about 2 years ago

    Charlie Newton completed Hidden Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago