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    hiking
    5 months ago

    backpacking
    5 months ago

    My first overnight backpacking trip. A group of 5 and a cool dog took the outer loop counterclockwise. The descent down to the reservoir was steeper than the ascent back out which seemed to more gradual. We hiked down to the reservoir and to the Morrison Beach/campground and had a beautiful lunch right on the water. We decided to keep moving and found a great camp site along the stream running along the Morrison loop. Lots of small stream crossings, a little mud (as it was raining heavy at times the second day on the way out) and some downed trees but relatively easy to stay on trail. Some cool big boulders along the way and fields of ferns along the top of the ridge. Probably only negative was that towards the end of our hike on the Morrison loop there was an area where gas wells were put in and lots of trees had been cut down. Otherwise a great first backpacking trip for a beginner.

    Took the entire family including 2 boys 10 and 8 and a little one in a trailer. Started at Delmont trailhead and went to Slickville and back for a total of about 10 miles. Traffic was light on the trail with walkers and bikers. Slight grades except for at road crossings with a few small ascents/descents. Not a ton to look at but it was a nice ride and good for the kids to get on to riding rails to trails.