on Valburn South Loop

hiking
2 days ago

As others noted, trail not at all marked with many offshoots, some connect to main trail. Needed GPS to follow, however this was our first time, it will get easier when we are more familiar with area. It is in a ravine, wooded and shaded for most part. Not at all busy, we saw one dog who appeared rather lost, and one human, who was not lost .

trail running
6 days ago

This review is the same as the Valburn North loop, since it's all pretty much connected:

This is a trail that's great for adventuring, for exploring with compass/gps/topo map. I ran here today (parts of all the Valburn trail system) and it was very rewarding.

Very rugged trail. Lot's of ups-and-downs; lots of loose dirt, rocks, leaves, etc; flora encroaches on the trail often. And hills-lots of hills. Hills with high step ups, with loose rock, some rather sheer, etc. I've heard lots of wildlife sounds but have yet to see any, the traffic from loop360 probably doesn't help. This is no "family and stroller" trail. No benches, restrooms, scenic spots, etc No signage at all.

I did a lot of geocaching here before I started trail running, so I already knew the trail system somewhat well. But as Luis M said below, if you don't know the trail system you could easily get turned around. But I totally give this a four, at least for hiking and backpacking, and once you get to know the trails it's great for biking and trail running.

trail running
1 month ago

Actually, this is not a "lost" trail, but merely the Bull Creek trail. Problem is, no one ever goes on this part of the trail. I ran this part a few weeks back, and I could tell that there was a trail, but didn't seem much used. Instead of running through the wood on the more defined trails, this trail stay right along the creek and eventually meets up with the more defined Bull Creek trail.

If more people started hiking, biking, running, etc on this, it'd actually become quiet popular I'm guessing.

Terrain is way to soft for a newbie rider and there is zero markings so talk about annoying having to stop and pull your phone out ALL the time

Basic loop. Entrance is kinda hard to spot, the "parking lot" across the road is small and VERY pot-hole ridden- but hey, it's the great outdoors, so who really cares? But...the trashcans where overflowing. I bet they get emptied form time to time, but man was it sorta sad- nature trail and litter galore right at the entrance.

But as for trail running, I only give this a 3 because there are no hills, and no stream crossings, and it's very short (the loop is about a mile). For hiking I'd give it a four but for trail running, I had to run four laps to get in the mileage, and I got no hill workout.

The signage is great, no chance of getting lost. There's a bench on the mini-loop in case you need to rest. While there's some noise pollution, the scenery is very nice. But again, for trail running, this would be good for beginners, as it's so short, and has little in the way of hills and not much technical stuff. The best part of this loop: it's right next to the Bull Creek greenbelt, and just down the road form St Edwards park.

hiking
4 months ago

This is the southern part of the Valburn trail system. It features an old abandoned VW bus, lots of elevation change and some nice views over 360. I went the day after large rain storms hoping to see some water falls or water in the creek beds, but nothing. So it's pretty dry. All in all though, this is a good trail offering plenty of exercise for bikers and runners.

This is a short, trail in the Bull Creek park area. The noise from the highway is annoying but about half way into the hike, it will disappear and be replaced by the sounds of birds and waterfalls. There are two excellent waterfalls and lots of signs of wildlife.
I did see lots of evidence of wild pigs so be careful!

hiking
Tuesday, January 19, 2016