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    Tom Herbort reviewed Whiteside Mountain National Recreation Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This is a great visitors hike. Be prepared that during the summer, on weekends, and holidays it may be very crowded. I've seen people in their 80's hiking it with canes, people with dogs, families with young children. Don't be misled, though. It is not easy. You will be hiking up a decent incline for about a mile, and then when you return you are going back down the hill. This hike is best done as a loop, and I highly recommend taking it counterclockwise. That way you will go up the more interesting and difficult way and then on the way back when you are ready to relax you can just coast down the fairly smooth gravel path. Don't try to get a picture at every overlook because there are so many. Just pick a couple and enjoy the amazing views.

    Tom Herbort reviewed Yellow Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    It's been about 14 months since I hiked it the first time, and I decided it was time to see if this hike was as torturous as I remembered. My conditioning has definitely improved since that first time, but the hike was still long and difficult. Getting to the top of Yellow Mountain took 2 hours 15 minutes, and I was back at Buck Creek Rd in a total of 4 hours 50 minutes. The second half of the hike back is the hard part as you start hitting the hills after having already hiked 8 or 9 miles. There was minimal wildlife (saw 1 deer and a few chipmunk) and the trail was completely covered with leaves. I didn't have any trouble following the path and saw 17 other people the entire hike. If you are in town for the weekend and looking for a nice hike and an amazing view, check out Rabun Bald which is only 4-5 miles round trip. This hike takes too long if you are short on time.

    Tom Herbort completed James E. Edmond Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Tom Herbort completed Ranger Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Tom Herbort reviewed Ranger Falls trail

    about 2 years ago

    I agree with some of the sentiments mentioned by Hiking Diva about the half after the falls needing better markings at the junctions, but I followed the trail based on what seemed like the most obvious route and didn't have any problems. I wouldn't suggest going on a 2 hour hike when you have 2 hours before sunset and have never done the trail before hoping for the best because that is when the worst is bound to happen.

    I did like that this trail was not heavily traveled on a Friday around noon. I appreciate all of the signs along the way indicating types of trees and bushes. It is a nice mix of up and down hill with nothing too strenuous. I always hike with waterproof boots so the wet areas didn't bother me. The falls themselves are not a destination but just another point along a nice walk through the woods.

    Tom Herbort reviewed Yellow Mountain Trail

    about 2 years ago

    I hiked this today, and it was a grind 4 hours and 45 minutes from the Buck Creek Rd trailhead to the fire tower and back to Buck Creek. My GPS says just under 14 miles total, and it felt like it. There are lots of long up and down hill climbs. The trail in many spots is one person wide. Nearly all trees that have fallen have been cleared of the trail but there are a few you must lumber over. This is not a "fun" hike. It is a real test of endurance and has no great lookouts until you get to the fire tower, which is an amazing view. If you are in town for just a few days, there are many other trails with better long range views or waterfalls. I'm rating it high because it is clean and well maintained and the view from the tower is great, but I don't know if I'll hike it again.

    Tom Herbort completed Yellow Mountain Trail

    about 2 years ago