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    Scott McPherson followed Joe Lawrence

    12 months ago

    Scott McPherson followed Jeff Moyer

    12 months ago

    Scott McPherson followed Charlotte Harris

    12 months ago

    Scott McPherson updated Thompson Pass to Revett Lake

    12 months ago

    Scott McPherson added Wish

    about 2 years ago

    Scott McPherson saved Siyeh Pass Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Scott McPherson reviewed Zion Narrows Trail - Top Down

    about 4 years ago

    Absolutely one of my favorite all time hikes. The most challenging thing is that it's basically like walking on greased bowling balls for miles and miles (we did about 12 miles starting at the park, will do top to bottom next time). I see a lot of hikers use walking poles on trails where they're not needed. This is not one of those hike....our walking poles were essential. A lot of people will say that a single stick is fine, and to each his own. For us, having two poles each made it far more enjoyable. We were the first there at sunrise, so we got to enjoy it in solitude. On way back, we saw the throngs of people that will normally be on this trail. Some photos uploaded. Youtube link of our hike here: http://youtu.be/aT4cWEFNfrc

    Scott McPherson reviewed Canyon Overlook Trail

    about 4 years ago

    There are many far superior trails and hikes in Zion, which is the only reason I give this only 3 stars. This is a nice little hike for when you first arrive to the park, and perhaps just want to stretch your legs and do your first hike. The views anywhere inside Zion are great, but this pales in comparison to what you'll see if you do the Narrows, Angel's Landing, etc. Still, as I said, a very worthwhile first hike with nice views and an easy path. I did get some great photos of Big Horn Sheep, and I'll upload one that I came upon that was standing on a little platform.

    Scott McPherson completed Canyon Overlook Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Scott McPherson reviewed Starkey Park Loop

    about 4 years ago

    I live in area, so use this trail a lot. Most hiking I do is out West and my 4 star rating is very relative to the area. This is a really nice paved trail for cyclists, walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, etc. This park goes through the sandy palmetto woods in this part of Florida. I saw probably 20 gophers today and have seen snakes a few times on the trail. It's a great trail for cyclists but okay for hiking, just extremely hot from May to November.

    Scott McPherson completed Starkey Park Loop Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Scott McPherson reviewed Upper Tampa Bay Trail

    about 4 years ago

    I live in Tampa Bay area, and this is the trail to go for all those living in Pinellas and Hillsborough within a 10 mile radius. I like it a lot more than the Suncoast Trail just because I think it's more interestingly laid out, and you're not along a busy interstate the whole time. A lot of cyclists, walkers, and joggers. When I'm on it, I'm jogging.

    Scott McPherson completed Upper Tampa Bay Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Scott McPherson reviewed Bud Howard aka Big Tree, Trail 29

    about 4 years ago

    Hiked to the top today with wife. Very enjoyable trail. I guess we meandered a bit because total distance of hike was 7.2 miles. Completed in 3:45. If you can't find the landing at the top, it's by the large antennas, and has the best views yet of CDA and the valley. The view is so majestic, it's like looking at a giant oil painting from the top. Highly recommend this hike.

    Scott McPherson reviewed Tubbs Hill

    about 4 years ago

    This is a must do hike in CDA. My wife and I did this hike in the afternoon after doing Mineral Ridge in the morning. Already a little sore, we figured "how rough can it be, it's a hill in downtown?" This is actually a real hike, although certainly not "advanced." Gorgeous views of Lake CDA. We also saw 6 deer and 3 wild turkey. We covered 2.62 miles in 1:14. Not the most serene hike as it is widely used, but a must do.

    Tip: There is a lot of construction in area. Walk along board walk by the resort to get to the trailhead entrance.

    Scott McPherson completed Tubbs Hill

    about 4 years ago

    Scott McPherson reviewed Marie Creek Trail

    about 4 years ago

    My wife and I hiked the Marie Creek Trail on 5/14/14. Weather was 70 and perfect. The snow from a month ago that a prior reviewer mentioned had now resulted in a very muddy first half mile or so. Once you get past the mud it's a very nice hike. The water was flowing heavy this time of year, so we had to negotiate creeks maybe 2-3 times. Some had man-made bridges, and others we just walked through. A unique part of the trail is about 1.5 miles in you'll come across a wide open green meadow that's maybe 400 yards by 200 yards. It's the only open area of the hike.....the rest is all forest.

    3 miles into the hike, you will get to a sign (I'll upload photo), which says your at "Skit Wish Creek." This is a pretty area where two creeks converge, and a flowing waterfall. I had my only fall of the trip walking over a log bridge, and hitting a very slippery substance. Fortunately, no injury, and I should have just walked through creek. The sign will advise you that you can go onto 1 of 3 trails. We went to the "dead end" trail, making for about a 10 mile hike in and out.

    Wildlife seen: A lot of birds, the most unique being a large pheasant. 3 snakes. If later in afternoon, we would have no doubt seen countless deer (deer poop and tracks seen all along trail).

    Advice: Keep in mind the profile of this trail is unique in that after a mile or so on way in, you'll walk downhill for 7/10 of a mile. This is a steep grade. That means coming back, when you legs are tired and your hamstrings are screaming, you are climbing a very steep part of the trail (see uploaded image of profile). Frankly, once you get 3 miles in to the sign with waterfall, there is no reason to go to the end. There are no spectacular vistas awaiting you at end of trail, and 6 miles in and out is plenty unless you just want to get a tremendous workout and beat yourself up like we did. Also be advised that once you get past 3 miles, the trail can get a little sketchy, especially the last 1/2 mile to end.

    This is a very rustic hike. We ran into one person the entire day, and he had wandered off trail and was concerned. He was glad to see us, and we helped him find his way. Take full precautions on this hike, with all survival gear. There is no cell signal on this hike, and you are deep in the forest. File a plan with someone.

    Scott McPherson completed Marie Creek Trail

    about 4 years ago

    Scott McPherson reviewed Mineral Ridge Loop

    about 4 years ago

    My wife and I had a gorgeous mid-May day, 75 and sunny. This was our first time hiking Mineral Ridge, and both enjoyed it very much. We had the long flight yesterday from Tampa a day earlier, so we were in desperate need of some outdoor time. Even with what had to be one of their prettiest days of the year, since it was a Monday we only ran across 2 people the entire time on the trail. Very serene and private. The trail is exceptionally maintained. One we go to viewpoint, we took photos and continued up on a side trail called "Lost Man's Trail." It's has some pretty steep switchbacks, and since it was only our second day at altitude I could feel my heart pumping pretty good. We made it to the top of the ridge, where it looked like there were remnants of a large bonfire. Our total distance was 4.2 miles, and we were there about 2 hours.

    Beautiful views of Lake CDA, beautiful forest, well maintained trails, easy trailhead access. 5 star!

    Scott McPherson saved Liberty Lake Loop Trail

    about 4 years ago