hiking
1 day ago

So good! Hiked the trail with a group of friends in June of 2017. The trail was beautiful and the views of the canyon were gorgeous. Also, we saw three different snakes, one rattler and two black snakes, so be careful where you put your feet! The trail crosses back and fourth over a stream at several points, one of us fell in, but with warm weather, that isn't a problem. Also the trail was more like 10 miles, not 8. We went at a fairly slow pace, stopping several times along the trail and it took us about 5 hours to finish.

hiking
2 months ago

We had a great time hiking this trail! I agree with the rest of the reviews: pants are a must. The trail is maintained but there's a lot of plant growth in this area. This is definitely a bit of a challenging trail so bring lots of water. The views and experience are well worth the exertion. An important note: you will come to a large rock (Ravens Horn) either at the beginning or end of your hike depending how far you go. The rock features a large vista and a popular photo taking spot. We saw 3 rattlesnakes in and around the rock formation, but we knew to look out there ahead of time. In almost every trail log entry there's a mention of snakes in this area. Keep an eye on the trail and the rocks, and consider keeping a safe distance from the rock itself. We chose to go counter-clockwise on the trail and I would probably go the same way again. Absolutely beautiful views, and good variety to the terrain of the hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This is an interesting area with many other trails in addition to Naval Run. You cross a stream to start and then shortly thereafter cross again (if you are doing the trail counter clockwise). We missed this turn and hiked merrily along another very nice trail until we noticed our error. Another thing: this trail is remote and does not seem heavily trafficked. About halfway into the hike we encountered a black bear and cubs eating blueberries. This was on an old mountain track and we were able to see them from 100 yards away. They did not retreat, so we turned the loop into an out and back hike. If you plan to do this hike, I would recommend making sufficient noice some of the more densely vegetated areas so you do not inadvertently startle an animal. We were staying overnight in Slate Run and while leaving this morning a 6:30am encountered another bear on the far side of the bridge. A much easier feeling as we were in our car. i have been reading bearsmart.com to brush up on how to safely manage bear encounters. Note: I would definitely return here as the trails are in great shape and the hike is beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail. Not many people were on it and there was plenty to see. Can't wait to hike it again.

This was a great trail...especially going counter clockwise. Very step incline going up through the valley....had to stop many times for a break. Once on top the trail is great and well maintained. The only bad section is coming down the face where all the switch backs are. There is a section where there are a lot of blowdowns, trail is overgrown with high weeds, berry thorns, etc. This is probably the first 1/3 coming down. Once your past this area the rest of the way down is steep with many switch backs. Bring lots of bug spray for this time of year.

Definitely going back when there's not a heat wave!

hiking
6 months ago

This trail is beautiful, well blazed, and very rewarding. This trail can be very difficult depending on your fitness level. So just be sure to start early and bring water.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

By far one of my favorite trails in the area. If you take anything from this review WEAR PANTS!!!!! The bottom portion of the trail (by the creek) is covered with Nettles!! For those that don't know what they are its a plant that causes a stinging sensation when it comes in contact with human skin. Bearable but I would not recommend anything but pants! Also watch out for snakes. We ran into a few black and rattle snakes. Also a bear, but he didn't seem too concerned with humans. I recommend parking at Utceter Station Parking lot. An access trail is right there. When you come to the fork in road I recommend going up first. It gets all of the uphill out of the way and then the loop back is mostly flat along the creek. Plan a day around it, pack a lunch, and enjoy the beautiful views!

The hike I would say is easy level trail. Once you get to the top the view is spectacular. Last time we ran into a cougar so be mindful as there are an unusual amount of them in the area.

Nice hike with great vistas. Saw a group of rattle snakes sunbathing on a rock along the trail.