DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,532 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
18 days ago

So. To start, it was about 90 degrees out when we did the hike, and about 98 when we finished, so that contributed greatly to the overall “uncomfortable” vibes we got. There is about 50/50 coverage, but it comes in big chunks of shade and big chunks of sun, so you can be hiking in the sun for a while which can be quite miserable if it’s even relatively hot. The beginning section on Quarry Trail was nice, pretty flat for the most part, and a couple opportunities to go down to the river. The split to Brown’s Bar Trail and Wendell T Robie Trail was the beginning of the steepest part, in addition to being the least maintained part of the trail. There is poison oak EVERYWHERE, and at points you have to beat through overgrown vegetation (with thorns), and traverse a mud pit (with overgrown thorns, of course) that makes you question whether the trail continues at all. I cannot stress enough how overgrown the trail was. No “awe-spiring” views at the top, or even along the second part of the trail. So long story not so short: If you decide to do the two latter trails, bring LOTS of water (like more than you normally would for a big hike), stay very covered to protect from thorns, poison oak, and other sharp vegetation, and by all means do NOT go if it’s too warm out. Not sure if it’s even worth it, to be honest. Just stick to Quarry Trail.