hiking
muddy
rocky
19 hours ago

This was a great trail - my brothers and I did a multi-day trip. Parts of the trail were in big open fields and other parts were very rocky and in the woods. A lot of the trail was very muddy and boggy so a lot of times we had to find ways around the main trail. The views were beautiful and there were many campsites.

We loved this trail. It is rated easy but we would have called it moderate. Many portions of the 511 especially involves walking up rocky stream beds. A pole is really helpful for steadying you while navigating the muddy bits. We were able to keep our feet completely dry. The views on the Rocky Ridge trail are spectacular! Beautiful open meadows and if you take a little sidetrack at the top lovely views over the valley.

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Great first mile. Lots of cool looking moss and tons of rhododendrons. After the first mile, turns really muddy almost like swampy. Looks like it’s like that most of the time. Turned back as trail was nearly impassible. Enjoyed that first portion again on the way back. Might be easier if done during a drought or in winter when frozen, or if you wear tall rubber boots.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
8 days ago

Three words: muddy, rocky, uneventful. Did the whole loop and added 3 miles. There are a few nice areas, the ones next to the creeks, but other than that it is a slow slog over super rocky terrain and deep mud that would make a rodeo on a rainy day pale in comparison. Tempted to give it 2 stars but the creeks and the vegetation are nice.

If it’s a holiday weekend forget it. No one told us the road to get up there was going to be blocked off, so we had to hike up hill for 3.5 miles on a road from the bottom of the mountain, with all our camping gear. Not to add the that the trail itself is 24 miles. That 3.5 mile on the road was horrible only because we were not expecting to have to do that. It was a continuous uphill battle ! There is no flat parts of that road. I will say the view to the top is beautiful, and had we known what to expect that pre hike, it might have made the trek up there less painful! Once you get to the top, the beginning of the trail is just a little ways further up the road. On a normal day, they road is open to the public so you do not have to hike that 3.5 mile road but since we were not warned , I thought I had to leave a review to warn those who decide to go during a busy time of the year. BE PREPARED TO HIKE UP HILL just to get to the trail! The trail itself is beautiful , LOTS of mud, lots of swampy parts, and lots of rocks, make sure to have proper hiking boots! There is a beautiful stream with a perfect site for camping half way up before you hit the loop, I still recommend this trail even though it was a pain to get to there because it is very beautiful!

Beautiful day on this trail! Lots of time spent in the open so definitely wear sunblock. Once I came to Dobbin Grade Trail, had to cross a creek. There were some rocks lined up that I used to get across but feet still got wet. After crossing the creek, I started heading up the hill but since I was recording, the AllTrails app alerted me that I was off the trail actually. Was able to adjust. The Dobbin Grade Trail had a LOT of marshy wet areas. Trying to get around them isn’t always possible. Some rocks and branches help in some areas, but you have to get creative in other instances. Some you just simply can’t avoid. I went in ankle deep a few times and just accepted the fact that my feet were going to be wet. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the trail and time in the “tundra-like” wilderness. This was my first time here and will definitely be coming back for more trails. Passed lots of backpackers that had been there over the weekend. Plenty of spots to stop and camp along the way.

backpacking
11 days ago

The trails are absolutely blown out at the moment. Wait a month or two to plan a trip here.

hiking
flooded
muddy
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Nice easy trail for beginners who are looking for something above a day hike. Plenty of serene areas to stop. Didn’t have an issue finding a good spot to stay.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Great hike, varied terrain that ranged from rocky stream bed to boggy moor to meadow—but we went after a snow, and it was muddy off and on.

hiking
closed
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone desiring to do a multi day trip. This was my first solo, multi day hike and it was incredible. Camp sites were easy to find trails were marked well (the app made life so much easier though.) The road is closed 3.3 miles from the trail head. The added milage was definitely felt. The loop has so many unique experiences. Get out and enjoy.

hiking
2 months ago

I was just there in mid March, 2020 and found that the entire area is CLOSED until mid-April. Despite the unprecedented warm weather, there are metal gates locked with thick chain and heavy locks stating that they will not open until mid April. Really? Oh, the sign did say that foot traffic is ok, but the closest trail head is more than 6 miles in along a very hard dirt road, Not exactly what I drove all the way to Dolly Sods to do. Despite thoroughly researching the area before driving 5 hours to get there, it is not made obvious that they close the entire area for months at a time. In my opinion, All Trails should monitor this significant of a closure. I certainly paid enough for All Trails - such a significant closure should be extremely obvious when reviewing the local hikes.

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