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Kalani Dudek
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Hiking

The end point of this trail is stunning! The little waterfall and huge rock formations are really neat. This is an easy hike, even with a toddler and dog. Getting to the trail was a bit rugged, but worth the sights at the end!

Brad DeForest
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The drive to the trailhead was about 20 minutes on a gravel and dirt road but well worth it. Beautiful old growth forest setting. Short, peaceful, easy, and flat trail with 2 loop options. Trail is very soft and easy on your feet.

Tina Smrekar
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Hiking

I would definitely rate this trail as EASY. Virtually no inclines and no high ridges or cliffs to view.

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Victoria Livingston
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

We agree with others that the best way to hike the North Loop is counterclockwise. The reason for doing it that way is to leave the payoff until the end. The payoff is supposedly the view but I thought the rock formations before we got to the view were much more spectacular. I was worried about stream crossings but in July they are all quite easy as the water is low. As others mentioned, there is one part where the trail is very overgrown and occasionally, we missed a trail marker, but all in all, the trail is well-maintained and marked. All in all, the trail was not that hard except in terms of distance. It was supposed to be 6.2 miles for the North Loop, but we also did the South Loop which added on at least an extra mile. Be sure to bring some bug spray. They weren’t horrible—just annoying--but a little bug spray helped keep them from buzzing around our faces. As a note, if you have completed the North Loop counterclockwise, take the middle Middle trail (there are 2 Middle trails) and then when you come to the Middle, South sign, take the Middle, unless you want to do the South Loop. We only passed about 6 couples and a group of 3 guys in the 5 ½ hrs. we were on the trail, so if you worry about social distancing, this is a good option! (Or at least on a Tuesday!)

Renee Lynn
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This trail is absolutely beautiful, and the campground is very nice. if you come here in May, the wild flowers on the ridge are stunning.

Matt Groboske
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HikingBugsFee
Hannah Irvine
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Backpacking

Love this trail! I’ve been on it twice, and it really helped me feel more comfortable backpacking. It has lots of places to camp and ways to make it longer and shorter.

KM Bug
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Hiking

Easy trail. You will notice the slight hill coming back to the parking area. Not much water flowing now do to lack of rain.

KM Bug
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Hiking

Great short trail. Well kept. There is a small faded sign at the top of the trail. Worth the hike down and back up.

Jeremy B.
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HikingBugsOver grown

The recent reviews were definitely a help when it came to planning this hike. I highly recommend hiking in a counterclockwise direction as it works with the elevation and it's a lot more scenic. Bring at least a liter or two of water during the warm months and bug repellent as the knats were very annoying on the second half after the campground. Trail intersections and trail itself was decently marked out for 98% of it. It looks like some new signs were put in after a few trail re-routes were completed. All told, you are looking at 10.1 miles and 1200ft of elevation gain from the upper parking lot. At the pace my family and I did with a couple water breaks along the way we completed it in 5 hours. Note for NF ranger/maintenance: Trail is very overgrown in the areas around the campground.

Alexander Tkalich
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HikingBugs

Beautiful trail. If you want to get to water quicker- I would suggest going clock wise. There are some secret beaches as you get to the bottom. Just look for them and you will not regret it. Amazing places with great views.

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Taras Muzychko
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BackpackingRocky
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Robin Oakes
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HikingOver grown

Nice trail. very overgrown and tons of logs down the entire way. But for a beginner like me, who just quit smoking and is overweight, it was a nice beginner trail. Camping areas were clean, and far enough away from other campers. Multiflora rose is over grown and we all shed a bit of blood, but otherwise a nice trail.

Renee Lynn
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Hiking

If you take this trail counter-clockwise, it will be one of the most beautiful trails you've ever been on. There are amazing boulders and a beautiful creek, tons of mountain laurel, and the campground is really nice. If you take it clockwise, and get on the wrong trail for part of the hike, like we did, this trail kind of catfishes you. You start out with a really stunningly beautiful hike with abundant water sources for five miles, then you walk uphill for about five miles through what isn't the prettiest landscape, with few water sources while you're running low on water. Thankfully, there are a couple very small streams that you can fill up and filter water on. There are also a couple of spots where it is easy to get on the wrong trail. I'm not sure why it's easy to do this, as the trail is clearly marked, but we did get turned around, and ended up hiking 12 miles, rather than the 9 we planned. I still really enjoyed this trail and will be back.

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Kelsey McClung
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HikingBugs

Very easy trail to follow and shaded the whole way. Steep downgrade to start, then becomes more gradual. Waterfall at the end is beautiful but a little buggy.

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Amber Blashak
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Hiking

Loop that gradually increased in elevation to a scenic viewpoint - perfect trail, moderately trafficked, lots to see!

Amy Visca
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Closed

ROAD CLOSED as of 6/30/20 about 6 miles prior to trial head if approaching from the south. locked trailgate; no way around if unless on a sportbike.

Kendra Hale
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Hiking

Very nice trail overall, though it could use more trail markers, especially in the northern section near the Minister Creek crossing - many well-traveled campsites in that area that make it challenging to find the trail again. Just be sure to give yourself time to get back on track!

Carolyn Hetrick
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Hiking

We loved the trail which we hiked counterclockwise. One section with berry bushes was very overgrown though. A fair number of trees down. One fell as we were finishing (but uphill from us.). Prepare for muddy boots and great rock formations.

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John Geras
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Hiking

Great trail

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Janel Eppolito
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Hiking

The trail itself was well marked through 99% of the way. There was one intersection that had no markings on it. We walked counterclockwise around and guessed to take a left at this one unmarked intersection. Good thing we did, because although taking a right would have looped around, it would have added 4 more miles after walking 8. We also decided to go counterclockwise due to recommendations from other reviews. We would have to agree with that decision. We hit an uphill walk towards the end that lasted about a mile (and quite steep), but nothing compared to what we would have walked up if we went clockwise. Which would have been about a 5 mile ascend. Slow ascend, but we both decided it was easier to go 1 mile with a steep climb, rather than 5 miles with a constant slow climb. Also, the area seems to be more scenic if you go counterclockwise. You hit the creek, rock boulders, and the river (although it does not get very close to the river however, I am sure you could make your way down there) towards the end of the hike which was nice scenery after the 6/7 mile mark. We tracked our mileage and we found it to be about 10.1 miles, so be aware of that extra mile which is probably the getting in and getting out section of the trail. It had just rained that morning so some spots were slightly muddy, but nothing that couldn't be avoided or jumped over. Well maintained trail. We had no problems with where to go. Took about 4.5 hours with stopping for lunch. Enjoy! And bring bug spray!

Taras Muzychko
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Kelsey Lovell
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Hiking

This was a very enjoyable trail to hike. I went last Thursday morning and saw only 3 other people. The trail has lots of interesting points; huge boulders and rock formations, mountain laurel, creeks and of course the scenic overlook. I hiked clockwise, as I wanted the motivation to continue. One point of the trail is very overgrown but is passable. Certain parts of the trail could be better marked, but overall easy to follow. The camp sites provide nice resting spots. Heard lots of birds and saw a considerable amount of wildlife.

Kimberly Griffin
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Hiking

Lovely trail! Would love to come back and camp here. I wasn’t confident there would be sites available so I didn’t bring anything with me and chose a campsite elsewhere before doing this trail.

Kimberly Griffin
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Hiking

Sometimes I’m in such a rush to get to the scenic payoff of a trail that I forget how enjoyable the trail itself can be. This trail reminded me. Parking was a little crazy on a Saturday afternoon but well worth it.

Carl Moody
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Mountain laurels we’re close to full bloom today. Trail was dry and easy.

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