DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5869 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

no dogs

hiking
24 days ago

This was an incredible hike. One of the best we’ve done! Unfortunately steely Dudley trail was closed (indefinitely). This meant that we could only go out to Baxster Peak and hike the same way back. Still well worth it! We hiked up Helon Taylor trailfrom Roaring Creek Campground. The whole trip was roughly 8 miles and took us about 5hrs 40min. Our pace was 42min/mile. On the way back we went around Pamola Peak instead of ascending and descending it again cutting off 20min.
Our biggest concern when finally making the trek all the way to Baxster State Park was the insects. We were here the first warm weekend of the season (Memorial Day weekend) which meant the mosquitos and black flies were all hatched and hungry! We would highly suggest strong bug repellent (with deet). And if you’re camping bring citronella candies. Although this was the case at the base of the mountain the wind kept the bugs at bay while we hiked. It was a beautiful day to hike but always expect wind once you’re above the tree line. The hike is rigorous and there are parts a the hike that you are required to do some climbing. The trail is very well marked so no worries about losing your way.
Our only regret was not having climbing gloves for the last stretch just because the rocks were a little tough on the hands. This hike is great for intermediate to advanced hikers (beginner hikers could make it to Pamola Peak (3.2 mi)). Go for it!