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    John Leppert reviewed Big Piney Trail

    4 months ago

    Nice hike with a variety of terrian. Several camping sites along the trail. Trails are marked well enough that you shouldn't find yourself backtracking or scratching your head on which way to go. I was able to find ways to cross all the creeks (staying dry) after a couple days of good rainfall but a week of heavy rain might prove otherwise.

    John Leppert completed Big Piney Trail

    4 months ago

    John Leppert reviewed Busiek Red Trail

    5 months ago

    Most trails in this park will have you listening to gunshots from the shooting range in this park as well as the highway traffic noise but this Red trail will eventually lead you far enough away from both for a bit of a reprieve with just the sounds of nature.

    John Leppert completed Busiek Red Trail

    5 months ago

    John Leppert reviewed Busiek Yellow Trail

    5 months ago

    Was unable to find a place to cross the creek in one direction in the loop without trekking through water which is too cold this time of year so did not complete this trail but hiked the red trail and some side trails.
    You'll likely be hearing gunshots from the shooting range in this park as well as the highway traffic noise so don't go out expecting it to be just you and the sounds of nature.

    John Leppert completed Busiek Yellow Trail

    5 months ago

    John Leppert reviewed Swan Creek Wilderness Area Trail

    6 months ago

    There are several more trails in this area than shown here in the Swan Creek Wilderness Area - approx. 20 miles.
    LInk to map of all trails here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd516654.pdf
    I followed trail #6107 which I believe is the trail shown here from the east trailhead off UU Hwy to the creek and back which took me approx. 4 hrs. I didn't have any issues finding my way and found plenty of trail markers along the way.
    As others have noted, a lot of trash in the parking area. I was bored on my hike back and decided to make a game of counting the pieces of trash (mostly beer cans) seen from the trail - 134 :)
    Of course this doesn't include all that is laying in the parking lot. I don't know how anyone can get lost on these trails as long as you follow the beer cans :)
    There is a larger parking area on the west end off Hwy 125 at the Bar K Wrangler Camp but you may have to tread some water to cross the creek to get access to the trails depending on water levels.

    John Leppert reviewed Bennett Spring Natural Tunnel Trail

    6 months ago

    Easy trail for most. Spotted a bald eagle flying low along creek bed as i was approaching it. Also spotted quite a variety of other birds along the trail.

    John Leppert reviewed Hercules Glade Backpacking Loop

    6 months ago

    Nice hiking area with some good views. Ran across a mama bear and a younger cub just off Tower trail east of Middle trail. Got some growls from mama bear. I later read that black bears don't growl but may grunt, roar, huff, moan or bark but none of those seemed to fit what I heard. It sounded like a deep, from the gut, throaty growl that lasted just 2-3 seconds. I might have been too close to her young one without knowing it as the sun was in my eyes. I stopped and spotted the mama bear about 15 yards to the side of me on the first growl but just the outline of her due to the sun blinding me. I kept walking and she gave me another growl. This time I stopped to make sure I wasn't anywhere near young ones and that she wasn't coming towards me as I took the growls as an aggressive warning. I finally spotted one young cub close to the mama bear and they soon moved in the opposite direction and over the hilltop.
    Perhaps the growls were both a call to the young one and a warning to me. It sure got my attention!

    John Leppert reviewed Frisco Highline Trail

    7 months ago

    The first 8-9 miles starting from Springfield until you reach the far end of Willard are paved and well maintained. The trail is then crushed stone for several miles and decently maintained but then gives way to varying degrees of upkeep. Sometimes it's down to a single, very narrow dirt path. Some areas they dumped large gravel unsuitable for any kind of traffic in my opinion. Some areas the trees, shrubs and grass are overtaking the trail. Spiders and their webs stretching across the trail can be so abundant, you'll be stopping every few mintues to wipe all the spiders and webs from yourself and bike. Once freezing weather hits, the spiders will not be an issue. The last 5-6 miles are paved again.
    There's plenty of shade along most of the trail with a few short open stretches with none.
    Of course its pretty flat being an old rail line.
    There's not much in the way of scenery, wildlife or historical sites.
    There's more foot and bike traffic from Springfield through Willard due to its proximity to more populated areas and being paved. Not that it's terribly busy but If you want less traffic, avoid this section.

    John Leppert completed Frisco Highline Trail

    7 months ago

    John Leppert reviewed White River Trail System: Red, Blue, Orange and Green Loops

    7 months ago

    I only hiked the Red trail. It was well marked and a well worn trail with very little chance of getting lost. Although I didn't see any bikers on my hike, it is shared with them so be aware. I did see other hikers. I like to avoid trails near highways due to traffic noise. I go out in the woods to listen to the sounds of nature and to escape city and traffic noise so this was not a trail for me. I would imagine the trails leading further away from the highway would be devoid of traffic noise. That being said, this would be a nice trail for those who want a leisurely walk through some woods.

    John Leppert reviewed Pees Hollow Trail

    7 months ago

    As stated at the tower trailhead, the trails in this area lack good markings so take heed and be prepared.
    Newer signs are posted marking the trailheads making it easy to locate. There are some unmarked splits along the trail and fallen leaves can mask the trail in some spots. The trail offers some nice scenery and some slight elevation changes. It took me about 2.5 hrs to complete.

    John Leppert completed Pees Hollow Trail

    7 months ago

    John Leppert reviewed Long Creek Trail

    7 months ago

    After exploring most of the trails in this wilderness area, I found this trail to be the one most likely to lose yourself on if not properly equipped for your first visit hiking this trail. As stated in the description above and at the tower trailhead, the trails in this area lack good markings so take heed and be prepared.
    Nice hike. Lots of loose rocks on the trail that could cause a slip or twist of the ankle if not careful.

    John Leppert completed Long Creek Trail

    7 months ago

    John Leppert reviewed Coy Bald Trail

    7 months ago

    Started out on Long Creek Trailhead by the tower. There were paper copies of all the trails at the trailhead sign-in box for those in need of one if starting out here. Markers to identify trails throughout this wilderness area can be scarce other than at the trailheads. There are posted warnings of this at this trailhead. I would advise bringing a compass/map and/or gps for first-time hikers to this area.
    Using Google Maps, I downloaded a Google offline map of the area to my smartphone. With no cell signal but still able to get gps, I can find my location in the area. Google maps will also show some of the trails which is a big help.
    "The Falls" are just minutes off of the Coy Bald trail near the Blair Ridge trail split and you'll see signage for it.
    I saw a few nice camping sites - couple by the creek and a couple on a ridge with a nice overlook if you're inclined to spend a night.

    John Leppert completed Coy Bald Trail

    7 months ago

    John Leppert reviewed Busiek State Park Hiking trail

    10 months ago

    First time on this trail. Hugely disappointed that they have a shooting range right beside the trail that was heavily used on the weekday I visited. If I had known this, I would never had wasted my time going there. Unless you get to the far reaches of the trail, you'll hear gunshots, assualt rifles and highway traffic noise on your hike. I get on trails to escape this type of noise pollution so it was a big disappointment.
    I noticed a sign that stated the shooting range was closed on Mondays so if you can schedule a hike on that day, that's what I would recommend Too bad they didn't close the shooting range down at least twice a week.

    John Leppert reviewed Moose Lake Loop

    12 months ago

    Moose lake is a beauty. Was unable to complete loop due to snow covering trail between Moose Lake and blacktail (think that was the trail name? which is part of the loop). Lost trail about halfway up mountainside and had to backtrack. Still a nice hike.

    John Leppert completed Moose Lake Loop

    12 months ago

    John Leppert completed Lake Estelle Trail

    12 months ago

    John Leppert reviewed Lake Estelle Trail

    12 months ago

    Nice hike well worth the effort with a rewarding view of this beautiful mountain lake.

    John Leppert reviewed Fourth of July Summit Loop

    12 months ago

    This is an easy trail. I'm not sure how it got rated as moderate.
    Road leading to main trail head splits, you want to stay to the right on the blacktop road. The gravel road going left is a FS road which can take you to other parts of the trail.
    Trail is quite unassuming but there were plenty of wild flowers to brighten things up a bit. Most active wildlife noticed were mosquitoes. They were much worse if you were standing at rest vs. walking.
    There were some maps along the trail indicating where you were and showing the main trails as well as signs indicating the name of the trails when they split.
    I think its best suited for casual hikers who don't want to work up a sweat and just want to get outdoors for a bit.

    John Leppert completed Fourth of July Summit Loop

    12 months ago

    John Leppert reviewed Green Monarch Ridge to Green Monarch Mountain

    12 months ago

    Good out and back trail that was well maintained.. You'll get a decent workout with the inclines/declines. Mostly shaded but there are some areas without. Rewarded with great views of the lake and surrounding mountains from peak. Saw a large elk on trail.
    Took me approx. 2 hrs in and 1.5 out.
    NF Road 278 aka Johnson Creek rd was well maintained but does narrow down to single car width several places as it winds up the mountain.
    Didn't see anyone else on trail during my hike.

    John Leppert reviewed Marie Creek Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The road, just before trailhead will fork. You'll want to stay right at the fork.
    As others have noted, unless there's been a stretch of dry weather, expect muddy areas the first mile.
    This was a really nice hike which was mostly easy to trek with the exception of the last half mile or so which had several fallen trees across the path. Horse riders would not be able to get around these.
    As Danielle noted, once you cross skitwish creek, you'll see two trails - stay to the right if you want to stay on track for this trail.

    John Leppert completed Marie Creek Trail

    about 1 year ago

    John Leppert completed Eno Trace Trail

    over 2 years ago

    John Leppert completed Cole Mill Trail

    over 2 years ago

    John Leppert completed Fanny's Ford Trail

    over 2 years ago

    John Leppert saved Yahoo Falls Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    John Leppert saved Laurel River Lake Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    John Leppert saved Natural Arch Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    John Leppert saved West Pinnacle Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    John Leppert saved Berea Forest Trail

    almost 3 years ago

    John Leppert saved Company Mill Loop

    about 3 years ago

    John Leppert completed Eno River Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    John Leppert reviewed Eno River

    almost 4 years ago

    John Leppert reviewed Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Nice trail with a nice overlook. You get a little bit of a workout with some elevation changes. There is some traffic noise from the nearby interstate at the beginning of the trail. Nice walk along the river. Park has 2 small fishing ponds, some picnic tables and restroom facilities but no drinking water.

    John Leppert completed Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago