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    Member Since June 2017

    Scott McCullough Pro-red@3x

    Clarksville, Tennessee 

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    Scott McCullough reviewed Big Basin to Sunset Camp to Waddell Beach via Skyline to the Sea

    22 days ago

    We hiked the portion of this trail from Sunset Trail Camp to Waddell Beach as the last day of our extended Skyline to the Sea trip. It was the easiest segment of the four days, and is mostly downhill. The Sunset Trail Camp was nice, but fully occupied at our Friday night stay. There is NO water at the camp, but water can be filtered from Berry Creek within a half mile of camp. At this time of year, at least, the mosquitoes were the worst I’ve encountered anywhere. But, they were not an issue at all once we hit the trail to the coast in the morning. The Berry Creek Trail portion of this hike was awesome, and absolutely one of the most beautiful trail segments I’ve ever hiked. Coming from north to south is the ideal perspective as the falls get progressively more beautiful along the way. The entire Berry Creek Valley valley is an amazing temperate rain forest; several big trees complete the grandeur. Leaving the valley, the trail broadens to a road and is comfortable and easy. Views are nice, but not spectacular. There is great variety on the route, however, and the view of Waddell Beach from the trail is exciting. We had a great time.

    Scott McCullough reviewed Berry Creek Falls Trail

    22 days ago

    NOTE: the map is NOT Berry Creek Falls Trail. This description pertains to the Berry Creek Falls Trail.

    We hiked Berry Creek Falls Trail on day 4 of an extended Skyline to the Sea trip. This segment of the trip was absolutely stunning. Beginning at Sunset Trail Camp, the trail descends through the lush, shaded, green Berry Creek Valley. There are a good number of old growth redwoods along the route, and the impression of the ferns, trees, mosses, and falls are very “Jurassic Park.” The north to south route is ideal. It is downhill the whole way. More importantly, the falls appear as a progressive sequence that gets better at each turn. There are many“take your breath away” moments. This was our favorite portion of our backpacking trip, and I highly recommend this trail.

    Scott McCullough completed Lane Trail Camp

    22 days ago

    Scott McCullough saved Wood Chuck Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Scott McCullough reviewed Denny Cove Waterfall Trail

    3 months ago

    Be aware: the falls are dry at this time. After having hiked the crowded trails at Foster Falls the day before, the quiet and almost private hike at Denny Cove was a welcome alternative. The overlook is stunning. The trail is easy and has broken shade virtually the whole way. We saw many wildflowers at the end of their season, but a nice variety. A hike in early to mid May would have been perfect for them and for the falls. Fortunately, another couple told us that the falls were dry before we scrambled over all the rocks at the end, so we turned around at that point. We still enjoyed what we saw. I think I’d have enjoyed the return hike along the climbers route at the base of the cliffs: they were impressive. Maybe next time.

    Scott McCullough reviewed Foster Falls Small Wild Area Loop

    3 months ago

    I hiked this route with my wife and took the climbers loop to the 2nd exit. The only downside was that the entire route was crowded that day. The initial descent into the basin is very steep and well worn. The suspension bridge was a fun encounter. Many nonhikers and families come to swim in the large pool at the base of the falls; it was noisy, but people were polite. The falls were not at full flow but were still very impressive, nonetheless, and the arc of rock walls form an awesome frame for the basin. We continued along the climbers route, which involves a good bit of scrambling over talus, but was not overly strenuous. There were many climbers and repellers to watch along the way, and the cliffs and rock formations made the route worthwhile. The climb out of the gorge is much easier than returning up the initial descent if you go this way. At the rim, the forest thins a bit and the trail widens and becomes flat and easy. Occasional views of the gorge are accessible along the way. We recommend this extended route for those with a little hiking experience. It would be good for older kids who are trustworthy and adventurous, too.

    Scott McCullough reviewed Grundy Day and Fiery Gizzard Loop Trail

    3 months ago

    Had an awesome hike here with my wife today. She hasn’t done much hiking and was a bit anxious about the “moderate” designation, but we both loved it. The weather gave us a wonderful day to enjoy a shaded hike that mostly parallels a babbling creek with many waterfalls. Although none are particularly tall or spectacular, they were all pleasant and beautiful. We took the sour down the Fiery Gizzard trail to see Sycamore Falls and had our lunch there. All in all a great hike

    Scott McCullough reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte

    9 months ago

    Used this trail as our descent from Mt LeConte. This is popular and busy but very challenging. 2700’ incline over 5.7 mi is a lot of uphill on the ascent. The initial part in the valley just after the trailhead is amazingly beautiful, however, with rhododendrons and a whitewater creek crossed by log bridges along the way. Once past that, the ascent begins and is relentless. The persistent are rewarded with some awesome views along the way. Be careful at this time of year: ice and snow can make some parts of the trail treacherous. If you plan to day hike this, bring water and allow plenty of time.

    Scott McCullough reviewed Mount LeConte via Appalachian Trail and Boulevard Trail

    9 months ago

    Hiked this as part of a two day trip this weekend. We hiked up to Icewater Spring shelter to overnight, then went on to Mt LeConte (and down the Alum Cave Trail) the next day. I think this is a total ascent of 1500 feet, rather than what’s listed: check other sources. Some great views along the way on a fairly strenuous hike. There is a nice spring available for water near the shelter, btw. Trail was in good condition. Few people on the trail, at least at this time of year.

    Scott McCullough reviewed Rotary Park Loop Trail

    12 months ago

    Conveniently located for us and scenic, but be aware that there is no “trail.” Rather, it is a tangle of interlacing biking and hiking paths. You can choose your own route and there seems to be an intersection every 50 yards or less, often much less, so the route options are endless.

    Scott McCullough reviewed Dukes Creek Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Easy out and back through and amazingly beautiful valley. Despite the damage to the upper observation deck by a fallen tree, the view of the two falls at the end was well worth it. The trail was well maintained and in excellent condition. The grade was surprisingly easy. We’d go again.

    Scott McCullough completed Dukes Creek Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Scott McCullough reviewed Rotary Park Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    NOTICE: I went to the park today to check out the trail(s). The park was closed for road work only 100 yards past the entrance. No access to the trail heads currently. There was no notice about when to expect reopening.

    Scott McCullough completed Rotary Park Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott McCullough saved Rotary Park Loop Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott McCullough completed Will Skelton Greenway

    about 2 years ago

    Scott McCullough reviewed Burgess Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Fairly easy trail with beautiful views of several falls. The Burgess Falls at the end is worth the trip. Water levels are high this year so the falls are raging.

    Scott McCullough completed Burgess Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott McCullough saved Burgess Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott McCullough reviewed Window Cliffs

    about 2 years ago

    Water levels are high this summer, so the creeks and falls are magnificent. I was glad I read the advice to bring shoes appropriate for water. We saw others who lost shoes at one of the 18 cable crossings and ended up barefoot on the trails. Go ahead and hike out to the window cliffs; it is worth it! (Be aware that the full out and back route is 5.5 miles)

    Scott McCullough completed Window Cliffs

    about 2 years ago

    Scott McCullough saved Window Cliffs

    about 2 years ago