Susan Mize

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    Susan Mize reviewed Rough Ridge

    17 days ago

    I don't think a lot of people do this trail in it's entirety. I think most just do it up past the boardwalk then go back down. You're missing out if you don't do the whole trail. The trail is rated moderately strenuous and I agree. You're gonna sweat on this one. Wear hiking shoes for the best grip when climbing on the rocks. I slide up a few times yesterday with hiking shoes on. It might be easier to do the trail coming in from Wilson Creek. It's all up and down. Lots of rocks, boulders, roots, vegetation....beautiful views at the boardwalk. Parts of the trail were overgrown some. Park Ranger told me they didn't usually see many venomous snakes through there...good thing. lol I was worried about that coming across. Highly recommend the trail. Don't know if this would be a good trail for the whole family, just depends on what your family is used to doing. Not a lot of people on the trail until you get to the boardwalk area.

    Susan Mize completed Rough Ridge

    17 days ago

    Susan Mize reviewed Linn Cove Viaduct Via Tanawha Trail

    17 days ago

    I did part of the Tanawha yesterday. I started at Linn Cove and went to Rough Ridge. I advise anyone doing this hike to have on hiking shoes. You're going to need them for grip on the rocks. There were lots of boulders, roots, rock steps and vegetation. The views were limited but beautiful. When you first start at Linn Cove you will climb the rock steps under the Viaduct and go in between a series of boulders. It's really neat. The majority of this section of Tanawha is going up and down rock formations that are supposed to be steps. I did it in both directions and can't say one way was easier or better than the other. It's up and down the whole way. At the end of this section that ends at Wilson Creek there is a bridge you cross with a waterfall to the left. Not much water coming down yesterday due to lack of rain. It was still pretty, though. There were a few sections that I had to stop and look to make sure that it was part of the trail because it consisted of boulders lying on one another. You just had to pick your way across them. My trail book rates this trail as moderately strenuous and I'd say that is about right. Lots of roots and rocks. You could step wrong one time and get hurt. I enjoyed the trail and plan to do the whole Tanawha one day. Is this a trail I'd carry the whole family on? Depends on the family. It's comfortable for a short ways but when you get further into the trail you're going to work a little. I think it was worth it.

    Susan Mize completed Gully Creek Trail Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Susan Mize reviewed Gully Creek Trail Loop

    about 1 month ago

    You want a good workout in a natural setting....this trail will give it to you. I loved it. Did the trail counter clockwise because of the reviews that I read and so glad I did. That is the best way. The trail has a lot of roots and rocks in it but that's typical of most trails that I've done. By the time I got down to the creek my legs were shakey. It's harder going down than coming up. lol There is a lot of small waterfalls in a thick forestry setting. Wear good shoes that grip well. Once you get to the bottom you will start crossing back and forth across Gully Creek over a series of waterfalls, each feeding into one another. It's beautiful! There was a group ahead of me that reached a point where they couldn't figure out where the trail went. Cross the creek! lol Look for other footsteps and you'll be right on trail. You'll have to move some branches and things out of the way. Trail back up is not bad. I had to stop and take a few breathers. I loved this trail and will go back soon to do it again. Highly recommend it. I'm an average person in average shape and I made it. Probably be harder to do with kids and pets, just depending on the kid and the pet.

    Susan Mize completed Round Meadow Creek Trail

    2 months ago

    Susan Mize reviewed Fisher Peak Loop Trail

    2 months ago

    This is such a nice trail. A lot of it is through the woods of the mountains surrounding the musical center. The woods have a lot of mature trees, ferns, it's just beautiful. You do go up and down some hills but nothing drastic. Trails are very well maintained and marked. The bridge is out at the creek so you do have to cross the creek by walking on rocks. You could get wet. I highly recommend the trail and I will go back soon to hike it again.

    Susan Mize completed Fisher Peak Loop Trail

    2 months ago