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    Chris Pulaski reviewed Cutler Coast Trail

    2 months ago

    I love this trail! I haven't done the full loop (just the half loop), but hope to come back again.

    Bring trekking poles and be very careful walking on the boardwalk sections and rocks if it's wet. When I was here (on 8/16/18) there were many sections of the coastal trail that were overgrown, requiring bushwhacking through weeds that are 5' to 6.5' tall. You can usually find your way in spite of this, but be careful because the rocks you can't see because of the weeds are VERY slippery and are a recipe for a fall or a rolled ankle.

    There's also a 1.2 mile detour on the inland trail between the Black Point Brook trail and the parking lot trailhead.

    The mosquitoes weren't much of a bother, but the horse flies are another story and they are everywhere where the coastal trail meets the black point brook trail.

    Overall, a great trail with truly stunning views. My suggestion is the get an early start if you're doing the entire loop. But if you only have a short time, definitely walk from the parking lot to the coastal overlook.

    Chris Pulaski completed Cutler Coast Trail

    2 months ago

    Chris Pulaski completed Mud Hole Trail

    2 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Thurston Griggs Trail to Ensign Phillip Cowall Shelter

    3 months ago

    This is a great trail! There are a couple of creek crossings in the first half mile of the trail, so make sure to wear shoes you can get wet if the water is flowing from recent rains. The steep climb at the beginning is difficult, but not too bad if you hike frequently.

    Once you get to the ridge, make sure you take a left before you go over the tiny stone bridge (it's more like a rectangular rock laid over two smaller rocks that is marked "AT"). If you cross this bridge and pass the Pogo Shelter, you're heading South toward Black Rock. You want to be heading north instead.

    This section of the AT is fairly flat at first and then gets super rocky with larger boulders that make up the trial. On 7/29/18 there was a huge blowdown from the recent storms that prevented passage past mile 3.5 of this trail. You could potentially bushwack around it, but after already taking the AT South for two miles to check out Black Rock, we decided just to turn around at the blowdown.

    Didn't see too many people early on a Sunday morning on the hike in, but saw more people on the hike out late-morning/noon. The parking lot is pretty small, so get there early!

    Chris Pulaski followed Filomena Diaco

    3 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Diana's Baths

    3 months ago

    Very cool place, accessible by an easy mostly flat walk. If you do this in the summer, it's going to be busy so plan accordingly (go early in the morning or late afternoon). The pools are beautiful and you'll probably see a lot of people swimming/jumping into them. Use caution as the rock can get extremely slippery.

    Another thing: it's a super easy trail with a lot of foot traffic, but that's no excuse for trashing the place. Throw away your trash and keep the area clean.

    Chris Pulaski completed Diana's Baths

    3 months ago

    Chris Pulaski followed John Merritt

    3 months ago

    Chris Pulaski followed Adrienne Kil

    3 months ago

    Chris Pulaski followed Erin Walton

    3 months ago

    Chris Pulaski added Maine Anniversary

    3 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Jockey Cap

    3 months ago

    Super short hike right behind the Dollar General. The trail isn't very well marked, but just walk towards the small bald and you'll be able to get to the top. Did this hike in the rain and expected it to be much more slippery than it was, so that's a plus! The sculpture at the top is very cool, as were the views-- definitely worth the 10 minutes it takes to walk up to the top.

    Chris Pulaski completed Jockey Cap

    3 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Talcott Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Short, fun hike up the mountain to the very scenic Heublein Tower. Definitely go early to avoid crowds and leave some time to explore the Heublein Tower complex.

    Chris Pulaski completed Talcott Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Signal Knob Loop Trail

    3 months ago

    I love this trail. It has decent views, rugged terrain, and decent elevation gain. I highly recommend doing this hike clockwise, as AllTrails suggests. A clockwise attack is not only easier, but you save most of the views for the end which is a good pay-off. The fire road portion is boring, but you only have to endure it for about a mile right in the middle of the loop. If you are super anti-fire road walking, you can always skip it via the Meneka Peak Trail that makes the loop a little shorter by cutting through right at the ridge line (also avoiding a 500 ft elevation loss/gain right in the middle of the hike).

    Chris Pulaski completed Signal Knob Loop Trail

    3 months ago

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    4 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Appalachian Trail: Dahlgren Camp to Bear Spring Cabin

    6 months ago

    Nice hike with a decent elevation gain. Parking at Old South Mountain Inn is free as long as you park in the designated area. There's also a small parking lot at the trail's intersection with Reno Monument Rd if you want to make the hike a little shorter or avoid the campground.

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Hoh Rain Forest Hall of Moss

    6 months ago

    Pretty scenery with lots of informational signs about the flora. Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of people and loud because of it. Great for people at all levels! An average person can probably do it in about 20 minutes, so it doesn't take long. Add it on to another hike in the area!

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Skyline Trail Loop

    6 months ago

    Gorgeous views await you on the Skyline Trail, but so do a lot of people. Very heavily trafficked trail, but the lack solitude is worth the views you get on this trail. The loop is a great option and many people just stick to the out-and-back version of the trail (taking a left at the fork).

    If you do the loop, you may get lucky enough to see a moose or two (like me) on the more woodsy section. PROTIP: if you're here in the summer, do this trail right after a rain storm. The first part of the loop is boardwalk, so your shoes won't even get wet. And the crowd will be a quarter of what it would be on a perfect day.

    Chris Pulaski completed Skyline Trail Loop

    6 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Paquette Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Middle Head Trail

    6 months ago

    Easy trail with great views at the end! It gets very crowded, so get there early!

    Chris Pulaski completed Middle Head Trail

    6 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Billy Goat Trail Loop

    6 months ago

    Very fun trail super close to DC. Lots of rock scrambling and great views of the river. If you add section C to this loop, you're looking at a total of 10.66 miles from the visitors center parking lot (assuming you do sections a through c and then return to the lot via the tow path).

    No dogs allowed on section A, but sections B and C are ok for dogs.

    Get there EARLY because this place gets unbearably crowded during the day.

    Chris Pulaski completed Billy Goat Trail Loop

    6 months ago

    Chris Pulaski reviewed West Rim Trail to Lava Point

    7 months ago

    Low trafficked trail with amazing views and steep elevation gains. Wear sunscreen and waterproof shoes. The Little Siberia section will likely have snow.

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge

    7 months ago

    You may get winded on your way up, but take your time! The views are spectacular and you may see some mountain goats. Just don't get too close!

    Chris Pulaski reviewed Appalachian Trail: Roller Coasters Section

    7 months ago

    Great and tough section of trail and the AT groups in the area have done a great job maintaining it, especially since the wind storm in early March blew over some of the big trees. Be extra cautious during or directly following rain as this is a rocky section with lots of dead leaves in some areas that could prove to be super slippery.

    You can day-park your car at the Bear's Den hostel endpoint for $3 (or hitch a ride back to your car pretty easily)