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    Lee Starks reviewed River Ridge Trail

    6 months ago

    We just did this trail, June 6, 2018. The day was about 83°. There is a long section through some pretty heavy overgrowth with almost no the creek with high hills on both sides. There wasn’t much wind or breeze so the bugs were getting annoying. That said it is June so if you do this during the summer bring some bug spray.

    We saw plenty of deer, fawns, black squirrels, owls, hawks etc. the “red” backpack trail needs a few more clear signs. We wandered off the red trail a couple of times because some intersecting trails weren’t clearly marked. We added about 1-2 miles because of this.

    This would be a great fall hike and overnight. There are a ton of places to hang a hammock or pitch a tent.

    The people in the ranger main office were great. We had the trail to ourselves and didn’t see another hiker out there.

    Lee Starks completed River Ridge Trail

    6 months ago

    Lee Starks reviewed Upper Piney River Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    The drive to the hike was about 15-20 or so miles of forest service roads dirt and gravel and bumpy.

    Beautiful trail. out and back we measured it about 4 miles from outer parking and back. Go early or it can get busy. We hit trail at about 0800 and it took us about 3.5 hours with a long break at the water falls. Didn't pass anyone out but coming back was very busy.

    The trail is easy and well marked. About 1 mile before the waterfall the elevation takes off up but doesn't last long. It got very hot out there so bring water or a filter for the streams along the way.

    A great way to get out there and not kill yourself about 3-4 hours to complete

    Lee Starks completed Upper Piney River Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Lee Starks updated upper piney trail

    over 1 year ago

    Lee Starks reviewed McCloud Nature Trails

    over 1 year ago

    Easy trail some light up and downs across the bridge. I was the only one out there. Very quiet and peaceful. seem like a great place to spot deer and turkey, and Morels in the spring.

    Lee Starks completed McCloud Nature Trails

    over 1 year ago

    Lee Starks reviewed Mary Mountain Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Because of all the tourist and traffic we desiderata at the last minute to do the trail. What a great choice We only went in several miles but we did not see one other hiker. Trail follows a perfect beautiful stream We felt like we were in another time. Great wildlife. We stumble across some awesome geysers that gave us our own viewing show. There was evidence of recent landslides and we spent time studying that. There are dangerous areas on the trail. When you see the white calcified ground be carful where you step. The ground is hollow and boiling water lurks just below so don't fall in you will die.

    This was a most peaceful hike we loved it

    Lee Starks completed Mary Mountain-Nez Perce Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Lee Starks reviewed Cascade Canyon Trail

    over 4 years ago

    My wife and I completed this trail last week, July 17, 2014. We were 100' on the trail and crossed path with a grizzly bear. What a way to start a perfect hike He paid no attention to us and we snapped a very quick pick and kept on going.

    We saw tons of wild life and continued past the end and went on up to lake solitude. Beware the trail has been wiped out due to avalanche and packed snow. We were able to pick it back up but when you 10 miles in and at 9000' and no trail it's kind of a reality check of should we continue. We made good land marks and map checks and continued. We picked the trail back up in about 300 meters

    The hike to lake solitude was so worth it. Mid July and the lake was still mostly frozen. Spectacular views. It's a long day hike. We packed for overnight just in case. Our packs weight about 23lbs.

    We made it back to lake Jenny and rode the ferry. Total mileage was 17.6 out and back

    Lee Starks completed Cascade Canyon Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Lee Starks reviewed Starved Rock

    over 4 years ago

    Living in Illinois does not give many places to hike. Starved rock is most likely the best in the state or at least the northern part. There's camping nearby. A great place to spend a weekend. Hiking is easy here

    Lee Starks reviewed Devil's Lake State Park

    over 4 years ago

    Great place for a day hike. Rocky bouldering to grassy plains. I've hiked the park several times and always happy while I'm there.

    Lee Starks completed Devil's Lake Loop

    over 4 years ago

    Lee Starks saved Cascade Canyon Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Lee Starks saved Paintbrush Canyon Trail

    over 4 years ago