mountain biking
25 days ago

I will start by saying I am an experienced hiker with a good sense of direction and this place had me lost even with a map in my hand. A few trails are well marked, but some of them are horrible. Colored markers are worn away to plain silver or missing altogether. Lots of intersections with no markings at all. My daughter and I found two outlooks, but I have no clue if one of them was the summit or just the north/south ones. It was a beautiful day for a hike, but frustrating when you have to keep guessing where you are. In the end I had to resort to my phone map to the Smith Rd parking lot to see if we were headed in the right direction. Also, part of the trails we wandered on were in an area where hunting is permitted. At one time around 11 am , we could hear gunshots. Some hikers (and their dog) were wearing hunting orange, which I highly recommend during hunting season!

This would have been a great hike if the trails had been marked
Thank goodness I read some reviews and downloaded this app
We would still be out there as trail markers are very sporadic and we ended up off trail several times also moving in the wrong direction a few times trail maps were also non existent
Thank you all trails for getting me home safely

2 months ago