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    Matt Hutcherson reviewed Buzzard Rock

    5 days ago

    Short and pretty easy hike with pretty great views.

    Matt Hutcherson completed Buzzard Rock

    5 days ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Top Spur Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Toketee Falls

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Indian Sands Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Simpson-Reed Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Fern Canyon Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Wedding Rock Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Patrick's Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Lands End Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Glacier Point Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Garfield Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Beacon Rock Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Tolmie Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Spray Park Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Maple Pass Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Lake 22 Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Blanca Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Spruce Railroad Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Marymere Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Mount Ellinor Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson saved Burney Falls Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Matt Hutcherson reviewed Cedar Creek Trail

    2 months ago

    A very cool natural wonder.

    Matt Hutcherson completed Cedar Creek Trail

    2 months ago

    Matt Hutcherson reviewed Scott's Run Nature Preserve Trail

    3 months ago

    Offers relative serenity and beauty a stones throw from DC. It doesn’t quite live up to nearby Great Falls, but is a worthy alternative.

    Matt Hutcherson reviewed Old Rag Mountain Loop Trail

    8 months ago

    Second time on Old Rag, got an early start just after 6:00 AM. There were already 15 or so cars at the lot, but we only encountered a handful of people on the way up. We made it to the first vantage point just after the sun poked up over the horizon, which was beautiful. The hike to the true summit is pretty exhausting, but certainly doable. The rock scramble is hairy in a couple of spots, but is by far the coolest part of the hike. I definitely recommend an early start; we were alone with 3 other people at the top this morning, and it really made it a nice experience. Coming down the backside to the fire road, we ran into a handful of people but otherwise this too was very quiet and enjoyable. But when we made it back to the road, where the ridge trail begins, it was pandemonium. Group after group after group of people were heading up, and the parking lot was full and the private lot next door was nearing capacity...at 11:00 AM. Because it is fall especially, I’d get here no later than 8:00 AM for some serenity and short/no waits at the scrambling. This hike is 5 stars easily as long as you beat the crowds.

    Matt Hutcherson reviewed North Fork Mountain Trail to Chimney Top

    8 months ago

    We arrived at 8:30 AM on a Saturday, during the height of fall time, and did not spot a soul. We had an exhausting, yet peaceful hike up to the Chimney Tops. We were able to traverse rather easily up onto the right “chimney”, but really didn’t see a safe way to climb the other. From the chimneys, you get sweeping views all around; very pretty. Once you hit the ridge line, there’s endless spots to venture out and take in the views (it just depends how much brush you wanna whack through). I highly recommend continuing on past Chimney Tops for about another 1/2 mile or so until you reach the meadow with the camp site at it (you will pass a sign nailed to a tree dated 2008 regarding perguine falcon nesting, the meadow is about 5 or so more minutes past this sign). At this meadow, bushwhack/find the narrow overgrown paths that lead to the ridge line. The photo I recently uploaded is just one of several vantage points at this location, and is really perfect for pictures. I recommend getting a friend to snap your photo from 1 rock while you stand on the other...it really highlights the immensity of the mountains around you and is very beautiful. On the way back down, we passed a few smaller groups of people, and when we made it back to the car, there were about 7 or so cars there...but really nothing compared to other hikes in the area that get PACKED during Fall. It really blows me away that such a beautiful hike doesn’t receive the fanfare it deserves, but the more hikes that keep that sort of serenity, the better! :)

    Matt Hutcherson reviewed Lake Royal Trail

    9 months ago

    For a quick walk with minimal elevation gain, this loop does the trick. The county recently did a lot of work doing dredge work on the lake, it looks much more pristine and clean now!