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    Rob May reviewed Great Blue Heron Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    Not much to see here, but sometimes getting into a silent environment cleanses the soul better than searching for wildlife or hunting for selfies in front of a rock face. Docile and quiet, and a good option for trail running - hard packed and flat, with nary a root or stone to send an ankle in the wrong direction. Google Maps initially took us into a neighborhood that backed up to the trail parking lot but was not accessible. Be sure to take Church St. off of 150 down about 2 miles to the Haw River State Park Iron Ore entrance (on the right). Nice parking area with sparse bathrooms.

    Rob May completed Great Blue Heron Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Blue Heron Trail

    3 months ago

    Easy and flat, but sharing the road with bikes is a necessity. Like most of the GSO watershed trails, it's quiet, calm and accessible.

    Rob May added Virginia

    3 months ago

    Rob May completed Blue Heron Trail

    3 months ago

    Rob May added NC Bucket List

    3 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Humphrey's Peak

    3 months ago

    How can hikes be better than this? Hard to fathom.

    We 'trained' for Humphrey's for a couple of months, knowing that it would be the highest elevation we'd ever climbed, and gave ourselves (staying in Flagstaff) 3 days to acclimate. It's doable if you are in decent shape, bring plenty of water and a snack for the top, and have some patience with all of the other foot traffic. We picked the most gorgeous day - not a cloud in the sky and rain chances (during monsoon season), 0%. Apparently everyone else chose the same Saturday, and with good reason. Our group of 7 was up in 3, down in 3 for a total of 6 hours (left the parking lot at 6:45 am). The trail is really unforgiving in places - lots of rocks, roots and other low-lying obstacles to give your knees and ankles an insane workout. Trekking poles help, but aren't required.

    No reason to restate what has been posted. Just put this on your bucket list and check it off. (Sorry to hear Ron's tale, below!)

    While we would have liked to take a pic at the summit sign to show our 12,633-foot, 3,300 vertical odyssey was legit, it was vandalized (or whipped off its post from recent monsoons). Regardless, I'll never forget this epic hike!

    Rob May reviewed Devils Bridge Trail

    3 months ago

    Hard to imagine the views in Sedona getting much better than this. Easy to find the trailhead - just follow the rough dirt 'road' that is accessible only by high-clearance SUVs.

    It's a rather easy walk to the vertical portion, and there is some minor scrambling to reach the top. So many trails in Sedona - we picked this one because of the uniqueness, and were rewarded with throngs of people just like us: the trail can be crowded and noisy.

    Rob May reviewed Island Trail

    3 months ago

    More of a tourist walk than a hike, but so interesting to learn about the living conditions and culture of the Sinagua tribe and how they lived during the 1100s and during the period when the San Francisco peaks were active volcanos.

    The steps will get the heart pumping.

    There is a $10 fee per person as it is a national monument. If you are looking to hike Walnut Canyon, there are other more authentic trails.

    Rob May completed Island Trail

    3 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Sedona Caves

    3 months ago

    We found this little 'trail' while heading to the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Not much of a hike, but cool to dive into the canyon and explore a bit. Not worth a stand-alone trip, but a good diversion.

    Rob May reviewed South Kaibab Trail to Skeleton Point

    3 months ago

    Not much more to say than what has said in the reviews already. We got in to Flagstaff the night before (from NC) and had little time to adjust to the elevation (or the heat). We packed plenty of water (thankfully) and needed our trekking poles for the switchbacks on the way up. We're all relatively fit and active, so this wasn't too hard on the body, but the knees took a beating.

    You'll find solitude at Skeleton Point if you hit the trail before 7 - we were the only ones there when we reached at about 8:30. On the way back up, we met throngs of 'tourists' who plunged into the canyon with fervor and little hiking savvy - jean shorts, a single bottle of water and cameras slung around their necks. Very global groups, too. Plenty of languages were echoing on the trail.

    The scenery is second-to-none. You will never see something as expansive as this canyon, and the experience is breathtaking. We chose the South Kaibab route because it 1) is less traveled than the Bright Angel and 2), is shaded on the way up, past Ohh Ahh Point (at least before noon).

    The trek gave me inspiration to someday take it to the bottom, or possibly a rim-to-rim.

    Rob May reviewed Sandys Canyon Trail

    3 months ago

    5 starts might seem a bit overboard, but this trail absolutely rocked. Such beautiful scenery with massive Ponderosa pines and random car-sized boulders, and peaceful to boot - blue skies, birds of prey circling the cliffs and the smell of evergreens in the air. We took a brief detour to the Pit rock climbing area first (take the right fork after leaving the campground trailhead), which added some great scenery and elevation, then followed Sandys to the AZ trail before returning, giving us a 3.7 mile RT route.

    This just seemed to be pulled from a postcard. Incredible. Easy, yes, But awesome nonetheless.

    Rob May saved Humphrey's Peak

    3 months ago

    Rob May completed Sandys Canyon Trail

    3 months ago

    Rob May completed Humphrey's Peak

    3 months ago

    Rob May completed Sedona Caves

    4 months ago

    Rob May completed Devils Bridge Trail

    4 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Guilford-Mackintosh Trail

    4 months ago

    A solid little track. As I’ve upped my hike totals, I am less likely to give 4s and 5s. This trail was wide, soft and well-marked. Worth doing once, but not enough diversity to drive 30 minutes or more to trek again. Excellent facilities, a nice waterfront and more to do than simply jaunt through the woods.

    Rob May completed Guilford-Mackintosh Trail

    4 months ago

    Rob May reviewed Pinnacle Trail

    5 months ago

    State park tracks are great for family outings, but walking with hundreds on a summer weekend doesn’t feel like ‘getting out there.’ As far as a trail, it is wide and walkable; the real exercise kicks in at the 1.5 mile area - steep but not strenuous for regular hikers. Overall, I like but probably won’t do it again.

    Rob May added Pinnacle Trail

    5 months ago

    Rob May completed Pinnacle Trail

    5 months ago

    Rob May added 5 peaks

    5 months ago

    Rob May completed Five Peaks Hike

    5 months ago