Photos of Harper Creek, Raider Camp, and Yellow Buck Mountain Trail Loop

DISTANCE
11.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,250 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
6 months ago

We had intended to do the raiders camp portion but decided to stay on harpers creek to connect with yellow buck mainly because of the amount of creek crossings. Harpers creek has 8+ significant creek crossings. Not a hop and a skip. More like “time to break the water shoes...again...” I love playing in the water and a major crossing here and there is fine, but hiking a quarter mile and changing shoes again and again gets old fast. Yellow buck kicked our butts! Granted everything was still in a state of disarray due to hurricane Florence the week prior, the trail had been cut into deeply by the water from the storm. Taking 2-3’ high steps on an already intense incline was simply not enjoyable. Personally I’d stick with hiking around harpers creek. Plenty of views and TONS of great camping sites.