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    Fred Chenot reviewed Grouse Grind Trail

    3 months ago

    If you like a physical challenge, you'll enjoy the Grouse Grind Trail. If you like to appreciate the scenery while you're hiking, you may not. Hiking the trail is as strenuous as advertised, the footing is tricky enough that you have to watch where you're walking nearly the entire time, and the trail is narrow enough and busy enough that it's not always easy to just stop and look around. The nearby BCMC trail provides an easier, if slightly longer, hike up the side of Grouse Mountain.

    All of that said, this is one of the most fun hikes I've done in a while. Having a cold Molson (or other adult beverage) at the top of the mountain while taking in the views of Vancouver is a nice bonus, too!

    Fred Chenot completed Grouse Grind Trail

    3 months ago

    Fred Chenot updated Yurok Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot updated Yurok Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot updated Yurok Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot updated Yurok Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot updated Yurok Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot completed Yurok Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot updated Stout Memorial Grove Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot updated Yurok Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot updated Yurok Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot completed Stout Memorial Grove Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Stout Memorial Grove Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Stout Grove Memorial Trail is a short, nearly level hike through old growth redwood forest that is suitable for hikers of all ability levels.

    In terms of scenery, the trail is one of the best short hikes in the redwood parks. If you have time and don't mind some extra distance and a few feet of climb, take the spur trail from the northernmost point of the loop to a gravel beach on the Smith River.

    From Crescent City, the trailhead is reached via Howland Hill Road, which is a scenic drive through the park. The road is unpaved, narrow, and open to two-way traffic, so allow time for the drive.

    Fred Chenot reviewed Yurok Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    From the Lagoon Creek picnic area parking lot, the Yurok Loop trail passes through coastal forest, which includes spruce trees, but not redwoods, to reach bluffs that overlook False Klamath Cove and the Pacific Ocean. The trail then passes through the forest again to return to the parking lot.

    At the southern end of the loop the trail meets the Coastal Trail. About 0.75 miles further south, the Coastal Trail meets a trail leading to Hidden Beach. Hidden Beach is a small sand beach that provides views of wave-cut cliffs and sea stacks.

    The trail is lightly used and so is overgrown in spots. Hidden Beach is remote and secluded, so hikers should pay close attention to tides and waves.

    Fred Chenot reviewed Founders Grove Nature Trail

    over 2 years ago

    The Founders Grove Trail is a short, level hike through old growth redwood forest. The highlight of the hike is the 350-foot Founders Tree, which is just awe-inspiring.

    If you're in the park, this trail is absolutely worth your time.

    Fred Chenot completed Founders Grove Nature Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Lady Bird Johnson Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot completed Lady Bird Johnson Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Discovery Point Trail

    over 2 years ago

    The Discovery Point trail is a short hike through woods with many views of Crater Lake. It's a nice starting point for a day of hiking in the park and provides the opportunity for viewing Crater Lake and Wizard Island without the crowds found at the Rim Drive overlooks.

    The trail has some fairly steep climbs for a trail rated as easy. In the summer, the trail can be dusty, and portions of the trail are exposed to summer sun.

    Fred Chenot completed Discovery Point Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed jordan pond Acadia NP

    over 4 years ago

    The Jordan Pond Loop is hike around Jordan Pond, which is a beautiful blue glacially formed pond. The hike is relatively easy since the trail is level and there is only one brief rocky section.

    In addition to views of the pond, the trail provides views of Pemetic and Penobscot Mountains and a very nice view of North and South Bubble. The trail is also a good place to see wildlife as long as you're there when it isn't too crowded. Like a lot of trails in Acadia National Park, the trail features a neat bit of trail engineering, which is the split-log boardwalk that crosses a marshy area on the northwestern shore of the pond.

    If you time your hike right, you can also reward yourself with lunch at the famous Jordan Pond House restaurant (the popovers and lobster stew were delicious). The popularity of the restaurant means that the parking lot at the trailhead is full around lunchtime, so you should plan to take this hike early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

    Fred Chenot completed Jordan Pond Full Loop Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Cadillac North Ridge Trail

    over 4 years ago

    This is a fun hike through granite boulders and spruce-fir forest to sweeping views of Frenchman's Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The trail is definitely on the more difficult side of moderate, as the ascent is steep, and most of the trail is rocky. The descent can be rough on knees and ankles.

    The summit of Cadillac Mountain is accessible by road, so in the summer months, expect crowds at the summit. There is a visitor's center with a food concession and restrooms at the summit, which makes this hike kid friendly.

    Fred Chenot completed Cadillac North Ridge Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Forest Cathedral Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Very nice 6.5-mile trail system in the largest and one of the best preserved old-growth forest areas in the northeastern U.S. The trails wind through stands of 250-400 year-old Eastern Hemlocks and White Pines that include some of the tallest trees east of the Mississippi River.

    An especially nice feature of the Forest Cathedral trail system is that multiple access points and short, interconnected trails allow hikers to select the length and difficulty of their route. More strenuous routes begin near the Cook Forest State Park office. Easier routes begin at the trailheads along Forest Road.

    Fred Chenot completed Forest Cathedral Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed The Door, Window, and Notch Trails

    over 5 years ago

    The Door, Window, and Notch Trails are three short trails that provide scenic views of the South Dakota Badlands. The Door Trail is a 0.75-mile out-and-back, the Window Trail is a 0.25-mile out-and-back, and the Notch Trail is a 1.5-mile out-and-back. The Door and Window Trails are easy hikes. The Notch Trail is moderate with a few difficult areas.

    The level Door Trail provides the best bang-for-the-buck in terms of scenery. The trail winds around rock formations and leads to a beautiful valley view. The Window Trail, almost too easy to be called a hike, follows a gentle grade to a similar valley view.

    The Notch Trail is a different experience. The Notch trail winds through a gulch for about a quarter mile before it reaches a fifty-foot ladder. The ladder is easy to climb up, but is a little more difficult to climb down. Hikers who have issues with heights may wish to stop and turn around at the ladder because the trail follows a cliff for about fifty yards from the top of the ladder. The trail is wide enough that you can keep several feet between yourself and the edge of the cliff, but the cliff could definitely be too much for those with a fear of heights. This part of the trail should definitely not be attempted when the trail is wet.

    After the cliff, the trail continues through the gulch and ends at an overlook with views of Cedar Pass and the lower prairie. The view is nice, but a little underwhelming, considering that Notch is the most difficult of the three trails. The best scenery on the Notch Trail is the gulch itself.

    Fred Chenot completed The Door Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Sunday Gulch Trail

    over 5 years ago

    The Sunday Gulch Trail is a hike in three parts. The first part of the hike is a steep descent down Sunday Gulch. The first quarter mile or so of the descent is on the granite floor of the gulch. The footing is difficult here under ideal conditions and treacherous when wet, so handrails have been installed to help with the descent. The scenery is beautiful here, though. There is a stream with numerous small cascades, and the walls of the gorge frame the big South Dakota sky and the forested hills beneath it. After the initial descent, the trail proceeds for another mile down the gulch, losing almost 500 feet of elevation. The last mile of the decent passes through Ponderosa Pine and White Spruce forest.

    The second portion of the hike, about 1.5 miles, proceeds up an adjacent stream valley. The hike here is strenuous, gaining back the 500 feet lost plus about 200 additional feet. In a number of locations along this portion of the trail, the Ponderosa Pine trees have been cut down due to Pine Bark Beetle infestation. The trail receives direct sunlight in these locations, and summer heat can be intense. This portion of the trail also passes near the park road and power lines. The final half mile of the trail is a gradual descent. The trail here winds among imposing granite formations, improving the scenery quite a bit.

    This trail is typically done as a loop, but to see the scenic highlights of the trail without some of the more unpleasant aspects, the trail can be done as a hike into the gulch and back.

    Fred Chenot completed Sunday Gulch Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Fred Chenot completed Kildoo Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Lake Sylvan

    over 5 years ago

    The trail provides lovely views of Sylvan Lake. The northeastern half the trail climbs over granite formations near the far end of the lake and includes a moderate elevation change. The southeastern half of the trail is completely flat.

    The trail is family-friendly and is suitable for all ability levels.

    Fred Chenot completed Sylvan Lake Shore Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Cathedral Spires Trail

    over 5 years ago

    We hiked the Cathedral Spires Trail (Trail #4) on the return trip from Harney Peak after reaching the peak via Trail #9. Trail #4 is slightly longer than Trail #9, but the difficulty of the two trails is about the same.

    At first we thought that the trail was going to be a bust in terms of scenery, but we were soon pleasantly surprised. The trail provides views of Cathedral Spires. Trail #4A, which branches off of Trail #4, provides closer views of the spires, and there is another side trail with views of Little Devil's Tower. The scenery along Trail #4 is just as nice as it is along Trail #9, so it's definitely worth taking one trail to the peak and the other down from the peak if you have never been in the Harney Peak area before.

    A number of the Ponderosa Pines along Trail #4 have been cut down due to Pine Bark Beetle infestation, so some areas of the trail are completely exposed to the sun. If you are hiking this trail in the summer, be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen. Also, Trail #4 is a popular route to the summit, so start early to avoid crowds.

    Fred Chenot completed Cathedral Spires Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Harney Peak - South Dakota Highpoint

    over 5 years ago

    Harney Peak Trail #9 is a beautiful trail leading to a spectacular destination. The trail is a little dull for the first half mile or so, but once the trail enters the Black Elk Wilderness (be sure to fill out a permit before entering), the views of the Black Hills get better at nearly every turn. After three miles, Trail #9 meets Trail #4 as well as the half-mile trail to the Harney Peak summit, which provides panoramic views of the surrounding area. There is also a historic U.S. Forest Service fire tower at the summit. The return trip from the summit can be made via Trail #9 or Trail #4. Returning via Trail #4 adds about 0.25 miles to the total distance.

    Trail #9 is generally clear and well-maintained, but it is steep in places. The trail gets significant traffic in summer months, so starting early is recommended for hikers who want to avoid crowds (and the summer heat). High winds are not uncommon at the summit.

    Fred Chenot reviewed Presidential Trail, Mt Rushmore

    over 5 years ago

    Mount Rushmore is beautiful and inspiring, and the Presidential Trail has some views of the monument that aren't typically shown in photographs. The trail is definitely worth the thirty minutes or so it will take you to walk it.

    The trail surface is mostly level boardwalk, making most of the walking easy. However, moderate effort is occasionally required for stairs along the trail. There are several flights of stairs to climb at the end of the trail.

    Fred Chenot completed Presidential Trail, Mt Rushmore

    over 5 years ago

    Fred Chenot reviewed Alpha Pass Trail / Kildoo Trail - McConnell's Mill State Park

    over 5 years ago

    The Alpha Pass-Kildoo loop is a stimulating, sometimes strenuous hike through scenery that is very lovely and also very typical of Western Pennsylvania: hardwood forest, streams and small waterfalls, and massive sandstone boulders.

    While novice hikers should be able to handle this trail, the trail definitely earns its moderate rating. Portions of the trail are wet, a significant amount of the trail is rocky, and there are a few short-but-steep climbs.

    We started this trail from the mill and hiked to Alpha Falls and back and then hiked around the Kildoo Loop. The total distance that I measured was almost 4.25 miles, so expect a hike that is about a mile longer than the distance given in the description.

    Fred Chenot completed Kildoo Trail

    over 5 years ago