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    Mike Duhe reviewed Mount Ol' Baldy

    5 months ago

    Last week was my second time hiking up to the summit. In my opinion the trail is a bit more than moderate but for the short distance I guess moderate is ok. A few sections are dangerous because you will have to climb up rocks more than hike a trail. The cool thing about this hike is immediate view payoffs, if you stop to rest you have a view, awesome views at that. The summit is a nice place to sit and relax. Its large enough so you can wonder around for a 360 view of the area. Its really a nice hike during off season. I hiked it last year at the beginning of tourist season and it was heavily trafficked, especially by children (under 15). I find that many parents don’t pay mind to their children as they toss rocks over the edge (cliff face). I’ve mentioned to some parents that their children are tossing rocks into areas that have other hikers and those rock may hit someone on the head.

    Mike Duhe completed Mount Ol' Baldy

    5 months ago

    Mike Duhe saved Mount Ol' Baldy

    5 months ago

    Mike Duhe reviewed Appalachian Trail: Fontana Dam to Davenport Gap

    8 months ago

    (Only reviewing the Dam area)
    We set out to hike a few miles (north bound) of the AT from the Dam and didn’t get too far, two miles in. No big issue just very cloudy and misty weather and the hike wouldn’t have yielded a view so we just went back and did the tourist thingy at the Dam. The area is as expected, very clean and well maintained. The little time on the AT was nice too, exactly what I expected. Hopefully I’ll be back for a section hike.

    Mike Duhe reviewed Mount Rogers Spur via Appalachian Trail

    8 months ago

    Hiked over to Mt Rogers from Grayson Park parking lot. It was a very overcast day with light rain and heavy mist. We could only see out about fifty feet most of the morning. Just after noon it stopped raining and the clouds thinned out, just a little bit. We never really had a good view but the hike is very nice, even in the inclement weather. We did see the ponies and plenty of bear scat. Overall, an excellent hike. I’d love to do it again in the warmer months.

    Mike Duhe reviewed Clark Creek Improved Trail

    8 months ago

    If you go to Clark Creek I would strongly advise you to go during the week while children (of all ages) are in school. If you want a good hike with some challenges I suggest you get a map and hike the primitive trail, it should take you about four to five hours. There are plenty uphill and downhill challenges, some areas you may have to slide or scoot down on your rear. It’s quite a surprise of a hike if you aren’t expecting anything more than moderate, some spots are downright tough.
    November 25th 2017 was my third and last trip there. The gravel on the improved trail is not easy to walk on, especially where the grade is steep. I like the primitive trail and the creek trail but it’s sad how domesticated the area has become.
    I like how difficult the primitive tail is, its good practice to stay in shape for long hikes but I believe that many don’t understand the difference between hiking the creek trail, the improved trail and the primitive trail. The primitive trail is about 75% in the woods and the creek is, in the creek and the improved trail is nearly all gravel.
    My last two trips there were very disappointing as I passed several youths with boom boxes and sports drinks, which were tossed into the woods. Dogs were left to wonder and children were pulling up the vegetation.

    Mike Duhe added Novenber Road Trip

    9 months ago

    Mike Duhe reviewed Brushy Creek Loop

    11 months ago

    Mike Duhe completed Brushy Creek Loop

    11 months ago

    Mike Duhe updated Brushy Creek Loop

    11 months ago

    Mike Duhe updated Brushy Creek Loop

    11 months ago

    Mike Duhe followed Zac Ryan Halstead

    11 months ago

    Mike Duhe saved Clear Springs Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Mike Duhe reviewed Pond, Maine and Beech Loop Trails

    about 1 year ago

    I've walked/hiked the area several times since my last review, its still a nice little walk in the woods. I;ve recently suggested it to a few folks with younger children (5-10yrs) as a nice place to expose them to nature.
    If you're just getting into hiking or would like to start off light this is the place. Very nice.

    Mike Duhe followed Will Wood

    about 1 year ago

    Mike Duhe reviewed Bogue Chitto State Park Gorge Run Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Today was my first and probably my last trip to Bogue Chitto for hiking. Relatively uneventful hike once we cleared the river, the river hike wasn't a nice experience either. The rains from last week were still draining out of the lakes and left huge bog areas that were too deep to cross, we had to back track and go around them.
    The hiking area is plain with not much to look at but the biggest issue for me is the graveled trail system. Walking on gravel is not easy and it's everywhere. Some spots the gravel is tolerable and others the gravel is large and difficult to walk on. A long section of the trail system it is right next to the road and you rarely get the feeling that you are in a wooded area because of the traffic. The bugs are typical of Louisiana and "Deep Woods Off" worked fine for us. The system is clean and with the exception of being poorly marked it's well maintained (If you go there to hike the RED blazes are for the main trail.)
    The shower room house is clean and was a welcomed sight for us afterwards. Maybe I'll return to fish but I hardly believe at this point I will ever return to hike.
    We completed the7 mile loop in 4.5 hours. This includes the back tracking and off trail venturing we did.
    Edit-
    Its marked as "Moderate" but in my opinion its an easy hike, with the exception of walking on gravel. :)

    Mike Duhe followed Sharon Audler

    about 1 year ago

    Mike Duhe reviewed Clark Creek Improved Trail

    about 1 year ago

    I really like the area. The trail itself is nice once you get off of the gravel. At the time I made my hike (using the term loosely) the ground was wet from days of rain so it was slippery. But since the majority of the trail is in the creek it wasn’t a problem. The hike can be vigorous and exciting so bring plenty of drinking water and you better spray with bug repellent. My intention was to hike the primitive trail again but because of the steep elevation changes on slippery soil we opted to stay where it was a little safer.
    Again, the area is beautiful but many of the folks that go there, in my opinion, have little respect for nature. I would suggest to parents and young adults, just because you are in nature doesn’t mean you have to act like an animal.
    If you want to enjoy the creek without the harassing noise of juveniles I would go during the week, not the weekend.
    (It gets three stars because of the juveniles making noise)

    Mike Duhe reviewed Garner State Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Very nice place to hike. Too busy for me during warmer weather so I'll plan another visit in the late fall.
    There is something for everyone here, if you like the outdoors that is. Even after a heavy rain the water from the Frio River started to clear up in just a few hours. I stayed for two full days and still needed more time to see everything.
    This park really is beautiful.
    -camping (tent areas have water and power in many locations).
    -small cabins
    -larger nice cabins
    -river fun
    -mountain biking
    -hiking
    -a local grill with food and drinks (seasonal)
    -grocery store in the campgrounds
    -gift shop
    It gets four stars because I like nature to be more secluded, this place is more like a vacation park than a nature conservation area.

    Mike Duhe completed Garner State Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mike Duhe saved Garner State Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mike Duhe reviewed Pond, Maine and Beech Loop Trails

    over 1 year ago

    The Mary Ann Brown Nature Preserve was my first hike some years back. This is a very nice system to hike if you want something out of the way (no traffic sounds) and with a touch of "moderate" hiking. Located on the east end of the Tunica hills its a very mild area with a few small hilly area. There is a small pond (about an acre) with clean restrooms on the north end. The trails markings are fair and the trails themselves are lightly traveled so pay attention. If you hike this trail and it's your first time go ahead and hike the whole system, it should take less than two hours. Young kids will love it but I wouldn't bring strollers because there are a few spots that will require you to carry them up and down steep areas. Some time back was a sign that read, "Beware of Bobcats". Although I haven't seen the sign in a few years I would caution that this area has a lot of wildlife.
    (Edited)
    When I look for a location to hike I look for trails that are rather primitive, meaning, more like wildlife trails (way trails) than recreational trails. This location has both, it's main entrance is recreational but as you venture farther into the woods the trail becomes more primitive which to me enhances the "natural" experience. There is a well built bridge to walk across.

    Mike Duhe completed Mary Anne Brown Nature Preserve

    over 1 year ago

    Mike Duhe saved Comite Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mike Duhe reviewed Comite Park Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I just "hiked" a good portion of the Comite Park Trail (3/3/17).
    I've used this trail many times in the past on a mountain bike, which the trail system is geared for (pun intended), but this was my first time hiking it. We followed the advice at the trailhead and hiked in the opposite direction of the bike traffic so we looked for signs that read "WRONG WAY". It was a very pleasant experience hiking this system and because it is used for bicycles the paths are very easy to follow and as long as you hike the "wrong way" you should be able to follow this trail through the whole loop. Since I'm somewhat familiar with the system I did venture on to the side trails which made my experience a little more adventurous. Being a bike trail this system it's not the best for hiking but because it's in such a small area the trails are always changing directions, and to me that makes it fun. We hiked for about two hours on a cool morning. We saw a few snakes, spiders, frogs, birds and other amphibious animals. Unfortunately we were never clear from the sound of traffic which is my only complaint. Kudos to BRAMBA (Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Association) for keeping the trail up in excellent condition. (I'm posting cell phone photos)
    I would advise against taking young kids here mainly because of the mountain bike riders. They ride the trail fast and they're focused on the trail directly ahead of them, a young child could get hurt. It would be nice if BRAMBA would hang a few markers for hikers, this would help prevent accidents and to clear up confusion as to where a hiker can "hike".

    Mike Duhe updated MaryAnn Brown Nature Preserve

    over 1 year ago