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hiking
muddy
16 days ago

The leaves were beautiful, but at some points it was hard to see the trail because of the leaves on the ground. Definitely download the trail map. We didn’t take the reroute, but still enjoyed the views. Only saw a handful of people.

hiking
muddy
17 days ago

First time on this trail and practically had it to ourselves, which my dog loved! There is a reroute that thankfully a trail worker told us about! With the leaves dropping a couple sections were a little tricky but just look for the pink ribbons on the trees and you’re fine! There’s a sign on a tree mentioning the reroute if you go clockwise but I didn’t see one counterclockwise. Had a great hike, a little mud along the way but nothing crazy.

Well blazed, decent water sources at Coon and Jacks. Camping at those places as well. Quiet. No big wildlife sightings. Little more like 14miles. Awesome trail maintainance! Clever blowdown crossings and minimal overgrowth.

hiking
off trail
24 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Great trail for experiencing the autumn foliage.

beautiful! varying terrain. my new favorite trail!

backpacking
1 month ago

This was our first time backpacking with hammocks. Second weekend in October with highs in the upper 60s and lows in the mid 30s. We took the trail counter-clockwise and camped near the midpoint of the north loop. Day one on the east side of the creek was nice hiking amongst the rock formation and beginning of fall colors. The trail is easy to follow with new blazes and signage at the intersections. Overall the blazes could be a bit closer in spots, but we never got lost. We setup camp along the creek at an established site near the intersection with the NCT. Plenty of water, an established fire area, and plenty of trees for hanging hammocks. Insects were rare and we encountered no wildlife aside from a mouse curious about our campfire. Day two we woke up to light rain and continued hiking the west side. This portion of the trail is steep, nearly washed out in places, and quite dense with brush. Clearly there has been some work done recently to clear many downed trees. Once again the trail was easy to follow and the elevated views made up for the work. The overlook was very nice and we encountered many other groups traveling opposite us on the final stretch of the loop. I'd recommend being familiar with the south and middle loops, as the intersection at the overlook was slightly confusing. Overall a fantastic trail for a couple of guys in their 30s looking to get into the backpacking hobby.

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

Would go clockwise if I did this trail again. Forest setting was nice, peaceful. Went on a Wednesday for a two night backpacking trip and had it all to myself with my dog. Didn’t see any bear tracks. Lots of deer tracks and one large enough to be elk. Heard coyotes overnight in the distance. Muddy for a few miles closer to creek crossings., which were very shallow. Trail very well marked with yellow blazes. Overall it was the perfect trip for this time of year. Lots of hikers coming onto the trail Friday morning/afternoon. Had cell reception in some spots-2 bars on Verizon LTE.

hiking
off trail
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

Mostly shade. Steep on south end. Very overgrown for about half mile. lots and lots of gnats (end of September). Not clearly marked in places but the trail can usually still be seen.

hiking
1 month ago

This was my first ever solo backpacking hiking trail and I really enjoyed it. I felt it was more clear enough as only one or two times that I have to really look for a diamond. The trail entrance is a little to the left of the camping area which has no bathroom or ranger station. I camped out around the halfway point and had a beautiful spot with a great view of a clear night sky. Never in my life have I seen so many stars (but I hope to change that!) The last half it's pretty steep but it's well worth it for the view at the top. when you got to the top where the middle and South loops or marked take the middle loop trial in the center and this will take you back to where you started. I will absolutely hike this and camp here again. Also there's absolutely zero cell phone service on AT& t.

hiking
1 month ago

Came to Minister Creek in spring 2018 for my first ever backpacking experience & I loved it. Now I'm this week in the fall. This will be a annual trip for me! Twice a year!

camping
bugs
1 month ago

good hike, we didn't see the second half of the trail because we bush whacked at deerlick camp which was a big mistake. nice area though.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

It was a very nice and well marked trail. Got caught in a two day thunderstorm. Awesome water access and loved that it was dog friendly.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Hiked this loop yesterday with our Jack Russell, and managed it in little over 6 hrs. Entire trail back to the parking lot was more like 15 miles. Went left at the loop and stopped about 8 miles in for lunch at Jack’s Run. A few vacated camping spots right off the creek were perfect for a break. Trail was well marked and easy to navigate. Mildly confusing at the end of Jack’s Run as others have mentioned, but just turn right to cross the creek at the end of the camp sites, and you’ll pick up the yellow markings again. You’ll start heading north up a hill (probably the steepest /muddiest part of the trail, but not too bad). No bear sightings, but a few deer crossed our path. A lot of shade, ferns, and colorful fungi throughout. Only bugs we experienced were in the parking lot. A lot of trees down along the path, but most were manageable and we only had to scoop our small dog up and over a handful of times. Overall, a very enjoyable day hike on this clear and mid 60s degree day, and was exactly the workout and adventure we were looking for. We’re not campers, but if we were to start, thought this would make the perfect first experience.

I did the Tracy Ridge Trail over Labor Day weekend. The traffic was moderate, but had some great views along the way. I started at the parking lot and traveled to point 2 from there I went to point 15 (north west) this way makes the hike a little less moderate as you take the inclines gradually. From point 15 I went to 16 -> 13 -> 12. This added about 4 miles to the hike making it a 12.1 total. The reason was to check out the “vistas”, but really wasn’t worth is because I passed most of them and didn’t even know it was the vista, must be for a time when the leaves have fallen. Wasn’t the views I anticipated. So if you are under a time crunch I suggest going 15 -> 14 -> 13. Just after point 11 there is a foot trail not marked that leads to the lake it’s a awesome place to check out. The rest on the Tracy Ridge Trail from that point (traveling south) is really nice. Definitely bring bug spray. Happy trails!

We backpacked with a group of 7 people. some of us were new to backpacking and they still loved it! We started the trail clockwise, and camped next to the reservoir ( approximately 2.9 miles hike) the first night. Right where the streams meet the reservoir there were at least 3 campsites at the northern confluence. Second day we hiked along the reservoir and the plan was to camp after 2.1 miles (second night) and keep hiking the third day (approximately 3.5 miles) and go back to the cars! But it rained on us and we had to hike to the car on second day! So our trip was 2 days and one night! There are great campsites with fire pits!

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Went in late August. Trail reroute is nice. This makes the trail really nice going either direction. Good camping by the res. and Morrison Run. Mellow overnighter. Well enough blazed, good water sources, nice rock garden, no real view of the res, except when the leaves are down. Great trail.

going left at the loop the trail was nice. lots of openess and water and camp spots. complete opposite on right side of loop. Rocky closed in trail. no water and only a couple of spots close to end of trail. if I did it again. I would just go left and camp about halfway through the loop, the return same way I went. overall it was ok. easy to navigate.

hiking
bugs
muddy
2 months ago

backpacking
muddy
2 months ago

LOVELY! Must have recently been reblazed, very easy to follow. Surprisingly not overly hilly like the rest of the ANF! Was able to power up small elevation gains - they flatten out just as you get tired of them. Dark hemlock groves, large fern meadows, and areas almost jungle-thick with beeches. BF and I did this over two days. We turned LEFT after the trail approach, hiked to the Jack's Run crossing - making our day one hike much longer than our day two. We camped at a huge open spot, with two other camp spots nearby. Two other groups settled down near us for the night. There are multiple camp spots at each water crossing, and a few dotted along where the trail runs parallel to the water. We neither saw nor heard bears - but we did see a single fresh print. I recommend bringing at least one trekking pole - you'll need it to weed whack nettles. If you're a forager - plenty of chanterelles around in late August!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

great scenery and tons of rock formations. beautiful trail, definitely worth doing

running
2 months ago

As far as trail running goes, this was a difficult trail, but I like difficult. It was challenging, as my slower pace per mile indicated. Did get turned around a couple of times. But trail had it all— huge boulders, creek crossings, vistas....

hiking
blowdown
muddy
2 months ago

I did the Rimrock loop into Morrison Campground over the weekend. I took the advice of others here and did the loop in a counter clockwise direction. At 1.5 miles in on the West side, there is a junction that labels the Rimrock trail along with the ski trail. That's all well and good, but the MAP (that is found at the trail head, inside the ranger station, and available online) does not indicate that the ski trail runs along with the Rimrock trail. The map only shows a small section of ski trail, which begins at the end of the parking lot, not the middle as the main Rimrock/Morrison loop trail does. We met a group of confused hikers on their way out - going clockwise and had to help them navigate back to the parking lot. Fortunately, during the conversation, they told me that the trail had actually been re-routed just a way down from this junction - ALSO NOT ON THE MAP. Kudos to the trail workers who made a new path, but none of the maps indicted this, nor did the rangers mention it when we told them we were hiking the loop. This detour added .61 miles to the total into the campground. It began at about 2.3 mi from the parking lot heading West. The campground itself was an issue with rude and obnoxious party goers playing music and yelling until 3 AM. Otherwise, a fairly clean area. Not ideal for people looking to hammock, but some sites are manageable. Upon exiting the campground, I took the Eastern route to finish the counter clockwise loop. There were again, quite a few little areas along the path that had blowdown and you had to find the trail AROUND the path. No heads up. No map info. Made it back to the parking lot in 3.75 miles. (Note I did not add on the Morrison Trail loop.) Both days were met with thunderstorms. The trail was very wet and muddy, moreso closer to the campground. All in all, the lake was a beautiful sight and the trail is marked better than most, but still not perfect. The East side along the stream is really pretty. The forest of fern on the West side is great as well. It's a small area, so if you get lost, you're bound to find the trail again. It is a bit confusing once you do find a junction however. I would strongly suggest avoiding any hiking in the dark.

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