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Longleaf Vista Road to Backbone Trail [CLOSED]

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Kisatchie National Forest

Longleaf Vista Road to Backbone Trail [CLOSED] is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mora, Louisiana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.6 mi Elevation gain 646 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Horseback riding Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wildlife Blowdown Muddy Rocky Closed
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Please note: As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to storm damage. See park page for more information. Many may be surprised by the beautiful piece of the Kisatchie Forest that features rocky hills and scenic overlooks. The trail is in good shape and Fall colors give you plenty of scenery along the way. Be prepared for walking on rocky terrain, fairly steep ascents and descents, and creek crossings. Perfect for an overnighter or a long weekend. Also note that the blazes change colors but they are all the same trail.

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Phillip Purpera
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HikingBlowdownOff trailOver grownScramble

Downed trees all over the place and difficult to stay on route at the moment. Normally this trail is one of my favorites but probably best to avoid this one until it’s cleaned up.

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Sheila Melancon
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HikingBlowdown

I had called the rangers office to confirm that it was open like their website said. I do not recommend it. At the low section, going counterclockwise, it is very difficult to find the trail. AllTrails GPS was the only reason I was able to get through. Even then, I decided to turn around.

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April W
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Backpacking

It was an ok walk in the woods for mid-August. We did the loop as a single overnight backpacking trip. Recent burns have reduced the tree cover so it’s a bit sunnier than I’m accustomed to hiking thus a hat is a good recommendation. As this is wilderness designated, the trail was in great shape. If you think a wilderness trail is “overgrown”, maybe stick to city park. ;) Very sandy, gaiters will help a lot with keeping the forest out of your boot. The first stream crossing was dry but still with a few deeper pools that could be filtered. There was flowing water by the bridge crossing and then again shortly thereafter. At that point, we decided to filter our liter bottles full and then also carry along a full Vecto to filter later just in case. It’s a good thing we did as there was NO WATER access for the rest of the loop. Lastly, in order to complete the loop you have a long road walk, probably about two miles back to the parking area (which has an accessible privy for those wondering). All and all not a bad trip, but not my favorite.

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mike cozad
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Hiking

Great trail, beginning to get a little overgrown in some areas, I have a few scratches from the bushes because of wearing shorts. Also quite a few down logs over the trail so practice good snake etiquette.

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Patrick Moore
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Hiking

Moderate trail with some of the coolest views for Louisiana. Super over grown right now. Felt like i was hiking a game trail. Definitely a fall or spring hike. Pay attention to the map the trail is not marked very well.

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Elle Latricia
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyOver grown

Great trail! I did an extra mile because I got turned around after exploring a bit off the trail in a pretty area. It rained on me about half the time, so it was muddy and slippery. Only one water crossing was over my shoes. I’m glad to see it’s rated as ‘moderate’ because it certainly wasn’t ‘easy’ It was not a stroll in the park, it was a hike through the woods. Very narrow in places, with foliage brushing against me. I enjoyed it and will go back, hopefully on a dry day.

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Ariane Adams
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HikingMuddyRocky

Overall the trail was great! The first half is probably the most impressive! There is a creek crossing at some point with no bridge so prepare to get your feet wet! We took our shoes off and dried our feet with a towel. There are also some parts where the trail is kind of unclear so just be sure to keep your gps on you. Finally, the last couple miles is just the road and it’s extremely boring lol but overall we had a great time! The elevation altogether makes for about 75 flights of stairs so get ready for a thigh workout!

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Mark Belanger
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WalkingMuddy
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Chad Moreno
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HikingMuddy

I think we technically went backwards, which is what we intended. Parked at the trailhead and did the 2.5 mile road walk. We dropped our gear and 1 person at the trailhead so the road walk back was without packs. The next day hiking out had the all the water crossings and some climbs, and we exited right at the parking are. Great trail and scenery.

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Blake Forman
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

My daughter and I did a counter-clockwise day hike. The first 3.5 miles included creek crossings and elevation changes while the remainder of the trail was mostly flat without any creek crossings. We made it to the north trailhead with about 30 minutes of daylight to spare. This had us trekking most of the boring pavement back to the parking lot in the dark.

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J. Aubrey Bolen
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HikingBlowdownMuddyOver grownRocky

Awesome. Love the rawness of this trail

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Tosha Kelly
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HikingMuddy
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Austin Smith
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Backpacking

Absolute great trail! Be prepared for mud no matter the weather. Several springs keep the track wet, and many look like hog wallows, but overall some great views, nice pitches, and many great campsites along the way! Did the entire 10.6 miles but phone died at the BB trailhead.

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Aimee Lafleur
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HikingMuddy

Started at parking lot and went 3.5 miles and camped out(hammock friendly) then back the next day for a short trip to test out some new gear. Super muddy no water access on that section.

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Lyle Guidry
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HikingRocky

Great trail. We hiked the whole loop. The road walk is boring. A couple of water crossings on the loop. Nice camping spots along the way. We picked a spot on a point that had nice some nice views!

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Elizabeth Hebert
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Hiking

Nice long trail, but poorly marked. Fall leaves on the ground makes it hard to pick up the trail when crossing creeks. Could use some trail maintenance to address this. Overall I enjoy this trail, but will be planning spring hikes only in future as a result of the lack of blazes. Also, hunting/gun shooting allowed in the area. When calling the National Forest office they warned me of this and suggested not using trail on many dates I was interested in going, so this limits availability/access to this trail.

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Quinn Perret
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HikingBlowdown

Fantastic over night trial. I didn't finish all of it as a novice, but it's be totally doable for someone in shape.

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Malynne Petoia
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HikingRocky

Everyone go on this trail so the spider's will stop building their webs in the middle of it! Ran into countless spider webs. Big spiders. WORTH IT- such a beautiful hike. Great up and down terrain for Louisiana! Disclaimer: In the review photos there is a rock mountain with a lake. This was the main reason I went on this hike and I unfortunately found no such thing! Twas still a great journey. The small "boulder" field in the photos is on the trail! Towards the beginning and is super cool. They were a wee bit too short to climb. The 2 miles on the highway at the end was not the best ending, but it was still beautiful with the quiet forest surrounding you on both sides. Tip: Wear good shoes for water. The trail got very muddy where there was wet sand.

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