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    Gavin Anderson saved Bench Trail

    2 months ago

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    Gavin Anderson reviewed Seven Hollows Trail

    2 months ago

    Outstanding trail! I did this one earlier this month with Memphis Outdoor Adventures. I would definitely do it again!

    The trailhead sign says 4 hours. We got out in 4 minutes under that, even with the side trip to the grotto falls and a lunch break, so I would say the time estimate is spot on.

    Gavin Anderson completed Seven Hollows Trail

    2 months ago

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    Gavin Anderson reviewed Base of the Falls

    7 months ago

    I enjoyed hiking this trail to the base of the Falls with a friend of mine and his son. My son and I had come here earlier and hiked the Woodland trail from the Nature Center to the Falls Overlook, but had not continued on down, because it was getting dark, and we still needed to make Memphis that evening.

    Please note, this is as difficult as advertised, but worth the effort!

    Gavin Anderson completed Base of the Falls

    7 months ago

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    Gavin Anderson completed I. H. Park at Lakeland

    7 months ago

    Gavin Anderson reviewed Ozark Trail: Taum Sauk Section

    7 months ago

    I would like to second what Matt Hodel said (note: he's one of the people responsible for us making it off the trail alive this past weekend). Posts on here indicating that this hike takes less than 6 hours were misleading and nearly got us killed. If Matt and his buddy, Eric, had not been on the trail, the ending would have been very different.

    I'm not personally in bad shape (though I could stand to lose 20 lbs), and by "not in bad shape" I mean that I lead a hiking group, do several 7+ mile hikes a month, and did a half marathon a month all last year —but this trail really kicked my backside.

    When I read the under 6 review on here (and I'm not disputing that you did it, just saying that's not the norm for this trail), I did the math, and "it checked out" — our group hiking speed is a 24 min mile. But this trail is not your average hiking trail — it's littered with rocks, ankle-turners, almost throughout — I would say that 80% of the trail is being generous. And when you add to that, that the leaves had just fallen and it was drizzling, that's really going to slow you down.

    So, based on calculations, we thought we would be off the trail in daylight, in 51° weather. Instead, we were still 2+ miles from the summit, at the most treacherous part of the trail, with one headlamp for every two people.

    We had sent our 2 fastest hikers on to the summit with one of the radios, and between that and spotty cellphone connection, we were able to get ahold of rangers and keep warm around Matt & Eric's fire until we were rescued.

    We started at 10:30 am, reached the power lines (the mid-way point) around 2:30 pm, where we ate lunch, sunset was approx 4:48 pm (with last light at 5:16 pm), we reached Matt & Eric's camp at 6:40 pm, were able to get through to rangers by 7:45 pm, were rescued at 8:30 pm, and made it back up to the top front country camping area by about 10:30 pm.

    The ranger said that it's a 12 hour hike, and the State Park website even posits 14.5 hours, although it also lists the trail as being 14.5 miles.

    All this is just to give a cautionary view, so that no one else comes here to find info, and gets in a predicament like we did. It's a beautiful, must-see area — just be wise. This is a point to point trail — once you start, there are no quick exits — you must go all the way to one end or the other.

    Gavin Anderson followed Matt Hodel

    7 months ago

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