backpacking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike today. Half way point we encountered half a dozen bear (moma 3-4 cubs & another solo bear just a lil further). Also saw 2 pork u pines as well. Mother bear was huge. Def be safe walkin out there. Saw signs ahead a time tho (bear prints). Def many beer cans and trash as well on the trail.

Although my bro and i only hiked out to around 4.5 miles on the Loop Trail (green blaze), the scenery at the top of the mountain was worth the 1000 feet of elevation. We set up camp (hammocks) at around 900 feet, between what looked like an old coal mine entrance. Even though we didn't see the whole trail, i would still give it a moderate rating for its steep ascents and rocky terrain.

Many different ways to do this area. Link loops, you can make this as challenging or as easy as you want. We choose the uphill battle always! This is one of our favorite trails. Many oddities along the way. Grab a top map before you go.

I've uploaded a screenshot of my loop, it's a much nicer easier walk.

Easy trail, still a bit of tornado damage blocking some paths, loads of stuff to explore and tough to get lost.

Great hike with very little difficulty. The only problems were we just kind of had to make our own trail and there was random trash at the look out point. We could not find the path.

Beautiful overlooks

Yeah I agree with the majority, its not a bad trail at all, short, easily accessible and some fresh mountain springs to drink from, and a nice view at the end. There are no real frills however, and the area has some littered areas here and there but the best thing I think about this spot is you more than likely will have it all to yourself regardless of what time of year you visit or what day of the week. Wish you could uploead photos on here....