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    Member Since May 2019

    Joe Johnson

    Louisville, Kentucky 

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    Joe Johnson reviewed Red River Gorge: Rock Bridge Trail

    2 days ago

    Nice quick and easy hike to see the Rock Bridge Arch. Went on a Saturday afternoon from Swift Camp Creek trail, and there were a lot of people near and on the Rock Bridge as we approached. Very scenic and beautiful but expect other people to be there.

    Joe Johnson saved Moonbow Trail

    2 days ago

    Joe Johnson reviewed Wildcat Trail Loop

    2 days ago

    Fun trail that we did on the return journey from Swift Camp Creek trail. Very nicely shaded but climbs up a lot initially (if coming from Wildcat x Swift Camp Creek junction) before leveling out at the very end. The further down into the valley you get, the much more overgrown the trail becomes.

    Joe Johnson completed Wildcat Trail Loop

    2 days ago

    Joe Johnson reviewed Swift Camp Creek Trail

    2 days ago

    Did this is part of a backpacking trip with Rock Bridge Loop at the end and did the Wildcat Trail on the return. Wonderful trail through thick vegetation. The trail has a fair amount of elevation change and you are constantly hiking the side of a hill with very few flats. Hard to get great scenic views of the creek valley because of the overgrowth but the overgrowth makes the trail if you ask me. It’s very well shaded and while it’s hot and humid, at least the suns off you. Expect to sweat a lot though. You’ll also see some great rock overhangs along the trail. For water you’ll have to pump or treat the water from the Swift Camp Creek (most likely access near Rock Bridge because while you’re near the creek the whole time, it’s a couple hundred feet below you) or a small tributary that feeds into the creek that you cross shortly past the Wildcat Junction (if you are starting at the Swift Camp Creek trailhead parking).

    Joe Johnson completed Swift Camp Creek Trail

    2 days ago

    Joe Johnson saved Warner Route

    16 days ago

    Joe Johnson reviewed Long Meadow Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    I did a completely different section of the trail than what’s listed on the map. I went from the visitor center down to the bridge and then back. Ends up being right about 3.5 miles one way. Nice and scenic as you’re wedged between the river and the marshes. A lot of bugs and the trails currently “closed” because of flood damage but it’s still very navigable, just a few puddles/mud sections that you can walk around. Saw a ton of frogs and it’s very shaded for a bunch of the sections. A nice trail for trail running

    Joe Johnson completed Long Meadow Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Johnson saved Wetmore Bridle Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Johnson saved Siltstone Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Johnson saved Yost Ridge Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Johnson saved Harrod's Creek Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Johnson reviewed Interdune Boardwalk

    about 1 month ago

    Fun little boardwalk to see the interdunal ecosystem. Very short but there are little signs along the path that talk about the local flora and fauna. A nice little detour

    Joe Johnson completed Interdune Boardwalk

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Johnson reviewed Alkali Flat Trail

    about 1 month ago

    One of a kind trail that you can’t miss if you’re in good shape. I did it in August at about 3pm and was worried the heat would get the best of me. It was definitely hot but if you plan for it and bring a lot of water, I found it more than manageable and not extremely uncomfortable or dangerous. I brought 3 liters of water and only ended up drinking just below 2 by the end and I wasn’t stingy with it. The elevation gain over the trail is much much more than advertised because you’re crawling over sand dune after sand dune practically the whole way. The trail is well marked with orange posts that are hard to miss. Because of time of day, I didn’t see another person along the entirety of the trail. You can walk the dunes barefoot if you want because the sand never gets scorching hot BUT it will make your feet blister because you’re walking on very small gypsum crystals (the sand). I recommend shoes for the hike. Definitely bring sunglasses and a hat as well.

    Not for the faint of heart but I have never done another trail like this one in the U.S. and if you go earlier and bring water, I don’t imagine it’s too terrible

    Joe Johnson completed Alkali Flat Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Johnson saved Old Rag Mountain Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Johnson saved Permian Reef Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Joe Johnson reviewed Silver Falls via Silver Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Awesome short trail to see Silver Falls and the gorge below it on the Ohanapecosh

    Joe Johnson reviewed Grove of the Patriarchs Nature Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Awesome short trail through some old growth forests in Rainier. You cross a suspension bridge over the Ohanapecosh river and see some very large and impressive trees.

    Joe Johnson reviewed Mount Saint Helens Summit via Ptarmigan Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This hike was one of the toughest I have done yet, but I think that can vary greatly by the day you do it. I went when weather was forecasted to be decent but ended up the opposite. The whole hike was covered in fog that progressed to mist/drizzle as you climbed, the temperature was just above freezing, and the winds for the last mile were steady at at least 30 knots (35 mph). All of this led to me being completely wet and very cold. The wind went from calm to whipping once you topped the boulder field and got to the ash/rubble section which only helped to blow you off balance as well as make you lose even more ground than normal on the loose ground. Because of all of the fog and mist, visibility was probably 100 feet and unfortunately the summit view was extremely disappointing as I couldn’t see more than 100 feet into the crater nor could I see any of the rim opposite of me let alone beside me.

    As for the hike itself, it starts out as a steady incline through some woods. After about 1.5-2 miles through the woods, you get to the beginning of the boulder field and you can follow some loose trails through but eventually you’ll need to look for the upright wooden posts to continue your ascent. Finally after you too the boulders, you’re in the ash chute at the end. It’s pretty steep and it’s kinda a two steps forward, one step back progression. Unfortunately that’s where the wind picked up on my hike. Finally st the end of the chute, you are at the top and you can hike about half a mile to the left to the true summit of St Helens if you wish. Again, it’s on loose ground.

    I did the hike 7/17/19 and there was no snow on the trail. Im bummed the weather didn’t cooperate on the one day I could get a permit but I’m sure I’ll be back for the summit on a better weather day when I can actually see what I came to saw. My hike took 5 hours 15 minutes and that’s going up and down from the true summit.

    Joe Johnson reviewed B-36 Crash Hike

    2 months ago

    Awesome trail up to see the remnants of the crash. However, this is a hard hike and treat it as such. I took a few friends who weren’t in the best of shape and between the rocky uphills and the Texas sun, I instantly regretted it. For those in shape and used to heat, it’s a short and sweet hike. For the average Joe and non hiker, very difficult. Either way, it’s a great view at the top of the city and the crash. But it’s a lot of uphill gain once you’re in the crag and the trail is hard to follow/nonexistent

    Joe Johnson completed B-36 Crash Hike

    2 months ago

    Joe Johnson reviewed Pinnacle Mountain West Summit Trail

    2 months ago

    Fun trail up the mountain. Some parts take you through a boulder field but regardless, it’s all uphill on the way up. A lot of large stone steps too. Thankfully there’s a lot of shade on the way up but there is very little at the top.

    Joe Johnson reviewed Birth of a Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Nice easy walk along the lake. Very scenic and pretty. Cool to read the signs

    Joe Johnson completed Birth of a Lake Trail

    2 months ago

    Joe Johnson saved Cedar Sink Trail

    3 months ago

    Joe Johnson reviewed Devils Kitchen Trail

    3 months ago

    This trail, while short, definitely earns its ranking of moderate. The worst part about it is that there is no one true trail once you get into the little valley. I found myself on what looked like an established trail and then would look around and see two more trails all leading in the general right direction. And they all would end somewhere and you’d have to find another one. It was a little frustrating not knowing how in the hell I was gonna make it up and having to climb rocks just to jump right back down to follow a different trail when yours mysteriously ended. That is why it is moderate because I know I ended up going way more than the mileage specified because I couldn’t find where I was going. Same with the way back even though I had just come from that way. BUT it is a very scenic hike and I’d do it again, it was just a little frustrating. Also, bring water. Don’t let the distance trick you into leaving your bottle in the car. Take it with you because you’ll be out there longer than you think and it is very hot.

    Joe Johnson completed Devils Kitchen Trail

    3 months ago

    Joe Johnson reviewed The Narrows (Top-Down) [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

    3 months ago

    I’m not seeing the option for the bottom up trail but that’s what I did. Hiked up from the Riverside Trail and made it all the way up to the two springs/waterfall about 6-7 miles up. This is a tough hike as the water is fighting against you all the way up. When I did it, it was showing about 95 CFS and it wasn’t terrible, however there were a few spots where I thought I was going to have to swim. Most of those spots I found a section where I could still touch but the water went up to my chin (and I’m 6 foot). If you are completely waterproofed though, swimming isn’t a big deal in those sections, I just had a backpack with a few water sensitive things in them. I also did the hike in my tennis shoes as all the rangers said any close toed shoe was better than Chacos/tevas/sandals. I would agree. Most of the rocks are smooth but it would be so easy to cut your foot open on a jagged rock or potentially lose a toe (this is what the rangers told me at least). My shoes did the job just fine but if I did it again, I might rent those shoes that were made for it as the traction seemed much better. I met up with a few guys who had em and it seemed like I was slipping substantially more than them. Granted they just might have better balance than me, but I do my fair share of river and fast water hiking so I’m inclined to believe the shoes mattered.

    Anyway, it’s a long hike up to the permit required point but the way back goes much smoother as the water is working with you, not against you. However, it makes it easier to slip as well. I definitely do not recommend attempting this full hike unless you are agile and have a lot of time and patience. You’ll see a ton of people at the beginning but it really thins out once you’re a few miles in. Don’t be afraid to turn around early if you think you’re getting in over your head. However the views are magnificent and I doubt there are many other hikes in the world like this one. Definitely worth putting in at least a few miles if you’re at Zion.