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    Kenny Ford completed Blue Lakes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kenny Ford added Recording - Sep 12, 01:36 PM

    about 1 month ago

    Kenny Ford completed Bear Creek Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Kenny Ford added Recording - Sep 11, 03:52 PM

    about 1 month ago

    Kenny Ford added Recording - Sep 11, 11:27 AM

    about 1 month ago

    Kenny Ford saved Owl Creek Pass Road

    3 months ago

    Kenny Ford added Bike Trail

    4 months ago

    Kenny Ford updated Bike Trail

    4 months ago

    Kenny Ford added Quick morning hike

    4 months ago

    Kenny Ford saved Bear Creek Trail

    4 months ago

    Kenny Ford saved Ice Lake Basin Trail

    4 months ago

    Kenny Ford saved Bear Creek Trail

    4 months ago

    Kenny Ford saved Weehawken Pack Trail

    4 months ago

    Kenny Ford saved Blue Lakes Trail

    4 months ago

    Kenny Ford added Long loop

    5 months ago

    Kenny Ford added Short hike

    6 months ago

    Kenny Ford added Beautiful Fall Hike

    about 1 year ago

    Kenny Ford completed Schramm Park Short Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Kenny Ford added Beautiful Fall Hike

    about 1 year ago

    Kenny Ford reviewed Platte River State Park Trails

    about 1 year ago

    I did what I consider the main loop. This starts from the trailhead near the waterfall, goes North, then East at the northern terminus of this trail. Proceed East to Owen Crossing, East some more to what I consider the main and best biking trails in the park. Those biking trails loop all over the place and ultimately come back to the east/west trail leading back to Owen Crossing. Travel west the way you came in back to the north terminus of the waterfall trail. Keep traveling west. Take any northern (right) trail that continues to move west and keeps the Platte River to your right and (mostly) in sight. Travel west until you run out of trail and are forced to turn South (left). Travel South until you get to the area that they are using as a temporary dump for the construction they are doing. Keep going south until the treeline then turn East (left). The rest of the trail is cake and follows the road back to where you parked. This loop is 6.26 miles. Lots of up and down.
    I would rate this as moderate, only because of the up and down nature of the trail, the oppressive Eastern Nebraska humidity, and the terrible marking and signage of this trail. I'm a local and grew up nearby. I've hiked all over here long before these areas were State Parks so I'm intimately familiar with the area. They could get a lot more usage of the trails if they would take the time to properly map them and place markers at the appropriate places so people that are just casual users of the park could not feel intimidated and fear getting lost. There are numerous branching trails off what is already a vague trail (because of a lack of signage). The trails themselves are well established. It's just without clear markers and an accurate map of the area it probably keeps people from exploring more. I'm sure there are lots of city dwellers that come here that feel apprehensive about getting too far back in there because of the fear of getting lost, which would be easy to do if you're directionally challenged and aren't familiar with the area.

    Kenny Ford completed Platte River State Park Trails

    about 1 year ago

    Kenny Ford reviewed Bridal Veil Falls Trail Telluride

    about 1 year ago

    Great 1st day hike if you're a flatlander like me. Gives you a chance to acclimate to the altitude and get your climbing legs under you before you tackle some of the harder trails if that's what you plan to do. About 2.5 miles going up. Views are worth the effort.

    Kenny Ford reviewed Ouray Perimeter Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Great trail! Just so everyone knows in advance, I don't think the 4.9 is correct.
    1.Maybe this is just the linear measurement. Probably doesn't take into account the elevation changes.
    2. Maybe it's not accounting for the longer distance added to the trail if you avoid the Ice Park shortcut.
    3. This map doesn't show the new section they added just recently, Oak Creek Canyon. This new section adds probably another 1.5 miles (didn't note the amount, just estimating) and it's pretty strenuous.
    My total for the entire loop was 7.7 miles according to a couple of apps on my phone. They were both within a tenth of a mile with each other so take that for what it is worth.
    I also used this link that gives lots of pictures to help navigate (assuming you are doing the trail clockwise)

    http://www.gjhikes.com/2012/09/ouray-perimeter-trail.html?m=1

    The trail is well marked except for 2 places where the Ouray Trail Group could make an improvement.

    1. At Baby Bathtubs it's a little unclear which line to take. Most descriptions mention staying on the north side of the stream but you actually need to go a bit further to pick up Portland Creek and you will be staying to the north of it. Until they get that corrected, when you first get to the Bathtubs go across right there at a slight diagonal. The trail is a bit faint on the other side but it's there.
    2. It is a bit hard to interpret the trail just beyond the Potato Patch. There are a couple of poles/cairns to help guide you but it's still a bit difficult to see the line through this area due to it being mostly rock. Still, just work your way down to the hiway 550 crossing using the most logical line and you'll be fine.
    I will try to post a current picture of the updated map.

    Kenny Ford completed Ouray Perimeter Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Kenny Ford completed Bridal Veil Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago