backpacking
2 months ago

Out and back overnight from Leota down to New Chapel trailhead- 17 miles. Cached water near New Chapel trailhead and camped near the creek there. Pretty nice hike. Numerous downed trees over the trail and several over grown areas. Overall pretty tough trail.

didn't get to. do the whole thing, but the lake was great for pictures. the part of trail I did was ok, will go back in Fall, should be outstanding

Terribly muddy on this day.

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike, trail was mildly strenuous and muddy. Could use better markings but overall good time.

Wouldn't call this tail easy. Lots of steep climbs up muddy slopes. You will see a trail branch off to the right shortly past the trailhead. Take this to enter the loop going counterclockwise. Bring water.

Trail was in pretty good shape. Had a good hike with family.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Great trail. Parking is on brownstown Rd in a small gravel lot. Follow the trail behind the gate to the dam and then follow the dam into the woods. Goes along the ridge lines with some pretty steep climbs. Views are awesome. Old firetower is about 2.5 miles in and offers awesome views of the forestry and surrounding areas. Not quite 5.5 miles but a decently hard hike still. Def recommend.

Love all the KT but this is one of my favorite, I really need a hike to clear my head trails. The trails are clearly marked and had some debris but easy to skirt around.

I hiked this portion a couple years back with a buddy and it kicked our butts. We still had an awesome time though. Not for the weak.