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    Mike C reviewed Oberammergau - Laber - Ettaler Mandl

    about 1 year ago

    Bavaria is quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever visited and my hike up the Laber Mountain indubitably enhanced my Bavarian experience. Located in the quaint town of Oberammergau, the Laber is a challenging hike. I hiked this July 2016 when I was 45 and I consider myself to be in fair to average condition. I had to stop many times to catch my breath but the views were outstanding. I initially took a camelbak full of water and a backpack. Within about 10 min of my hike I wisely realized that I had to lose my backpack, so I hid it and proceeded on my 3 hour hike up the Laber. It was quite possibly the best and most challenging hike in my life. Not challenging in a climbing aspect but in a elevation and degree. I encountered a pack of cows in my initial descent and there was a fair amount of hikers on the mountain. There was an old rustic rest stop that offered cold bier and non alcoholic drinks maybe about half way to the top. The hike gets harder and harder as you ascend but once you reach the top a restaurant awaits offering traditional German food and bier of which I had several. The views at the top were magnificent and I opted to take the cable car back down instead of the 90 minute hike back. Look for the rare Edelweiss flower if you go. INCREDIBLE hike and at night I sat on my friends porch and saw the beacon light at the top of the Laber and smiled because I had been there. Alles in butter. Prost!

    Mike C saved Shaw Nature Reserve Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Mike C reviewed Little Grand Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    My third and final hike in 3 days and definitely the most challenging and shortest of the 3. I would say moderately difficult. If you are doing the loop make SURE you wear hiking boots. You will need them to ascend/descend rock faces. If you plan your steps you will be fine, but you could potentially seriously hurt yourself if you don't maneuver correctly. I got turned around and ended up coming back the way I entered rather than ending up at the exit at the lower parking lot. There is a short trail that heads down from the main(?) overlook that offers a great view of the area. Make sure to bring water AND bug spray. I had some cutter but the chiggers STILL devoured me. Very little traffic for a Monday. I only saw 5 people on the trail and I spent 2 hours on it. No heavy waterfall action, but I reckon it had not rained in several days. I would hike this again but next time I will wear hiking pants. The trail doesn't have a bar, but there is one down the road a couple of miles. Unfortunately it was closed on Monday. I did find one about 7 miles or so on the Highway 3 called the Duck Inn which was basically in the middle of nowhere. I earned my beers on the LGC trail. Enjoy

    Mike C completed Little Grand Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Mike C reviewed Shaw Nature Reserve Trail

    about 1 year ago

    My second and my fave of three hikes in 3 days. This place is FANTASTIC! A true gem. I spent 3 hours here on a lovely Sunday afternoon and did not even explore half of the place. Check in at the visitor center, pay your $5 and get a trail map. I drove around the loop to get a feel for the location and ended up hiking quite a bit of the Trail House Loop up to the prairie where a nice observation deck is placed in case you want to take in the view and burn one. I then went through the forest picked up the Goddard River Trail and took that up to the bluff overlook which didn't really impress as far as the view, but I double backed to the Trail House loop and took that to the Wetlands which has a boardwalk. There are lots of wildflowers which attract butterflies. I saw numerous rabbits but not the elusive bobcat I was hoping to catch. There is a pre-Civil War family cemetery plot off the Trail House loop as well as a school bus stop from the 30's. The elevation is not too strenuous and you could hike it in comfortable walking shoes as opposed to hiking boots. Traffic was minimal and the location is right off the interstate on Historic Route 66 just down the road from Six Flags. I will visit again. A real asset to the area. Enjoy!

    Mike C completed Shaw Nature Reserve Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Mike C reviewed Lewis and Clark Trail - Clark Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This was my first stop after a 4 hour drive from Memphis. I did 3 hikes in 3 days and this may have been my least favorite of the 3. There were 2 moderately hikes of elevation but fairly short duration. I took in 2 overlooks of the Missouri River. The trail had a bit of traffic, but the weather was nice so people were out. While there are smooth trails in parts, it gets rocky for several steps and I would be hesitant to bring a dog in that area. I got slightly confused staying on the trail when crossing the dried up river bed as the marker on the rock pile has no mention of the Clark Trail only Lewis. However, if you head off to the left you will see a Clark marker about 50 feet or so. The area seemed nice and parking was not an issue but I wouldn't need to hike this trail again. It would have been nicer had the trail had a bar on it so I could have stopped to wet my whistle.

    Mike C reviewed Herb Parsons Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Did a birthday hike on the green trail Saturday. Beautiful day and saw only 2 others on my 2 hour hike. The markers allude to a 7 mile hike....perhaps its 7km but it's definitely NOT 7 miles. Easy hike and is probably the best kept secret around. Lake has a small shop you can get drinks/bait at. Enjoy.

    Mike C reviewed I. H. Park @ Lakeland

    over 3 years ago

    This is a decent quick hike with some of the best elevation in Shelby County. I do the yellow trail, as it's the longest. I can not comment on the others, but I did end up on the other 2 trails once which extended my hike and resulted in me exiting the trail South of the lake. I would recommend boots on the yellow trail. Nice scenic lake to walk around. Trails are well maintained. The few times I have been on it, traffic has been minimal.

    Mike C completed I. H. Park at Lakeland

    over 3 years ago

    Mike C reviewed shelby dog park

    over 3 years ago

    Great place. I take my dog often for off leash hikes. Some decent elevation if you plan your route. Lots of ponds to traverse. Don't need boots for this park. The proper name is Outback Dog Park. My route is right at 2 miles, which takes me and Hobo just under an hour.

    Mike C completed Shelby Dog Park Loop

    over 3 years ago

    Mike C reviewed Herb Parsons Lake Trails

    over 3 years ago

    Nice park. You can't really get lost on this trail as it's a fairly small park. If you do, you probably don't need to be hiking. I did not have time to hike the whole trail. The directions are wrong on the "Getting There" segment. Was there on a beautiful Sunday and it was not crowded.

    Mike C completed Herb Parsons Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago