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    Jim Walla added Valley Forge Hills

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    Jim Walla reviewed ChesLen Preserve Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    The 3.1 mile recording associated with this trail in AllTrails includes parts of the red and purple trails at ChesLen Preserve. In my opinion, these are not the best trails at the preserve. Both trails are cut through grass fields. These means they are a little boring and are very exposed to sun and heat. Nice views of the surrounding countryside (and lots of birds to see), but there are better trails at Cheslen if you work your way east on the green, yellow and grey connector trails. These go through woods along streams and are nicer to hike. I attached a recording that started out on the red and purple trails (I was following the AllTrails map). However, after about 3 miles of hiking in the sun, I got off of the AllTrails map and randomly worked my way east and south on other trails. It was well worth it. I ended up hiking another 5.5 miles, the majority of which was in the woods. I included a few photos on my recording to give an idea of the diversity of trails at Cheslen if you get off of the red and purple trails. As others have said, I would rate the trails as easy. For the most part, they are very well maintained without any sustained steep sections. All in all, this is a nice place to hike, but I would recommend adding some of the eastern trails to the AllTrails map to provide some diversity.

    Jim Walla completed ChesLen Preserve Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

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    Jim Walla reviewed Lehigh Gap East Loop via Appalachian Trail

    9 months ago

    I do not agree that this is an easy trail. The AT side (with white blazes) has a stretch where you scramble up a rock field. I am 6' tall, but I have creaky 58 year old knees. Even at my height, some of the rocks were difficult to step up on to. Might be "easy" for a very fit person with young joints, but I think the majority of hikers would consider it moderate. Folks expecting a groomed, easy trail are in for a surprise. I went up the white side, down the blue side. Then took a second lap up and back down the blue side. Blue side might be considered easy (setting aside the 15-20% average grade going up the hill), but not the white side. All in all, a good hike. Some nice views, especially on the white side.

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