DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2135 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

This area had a forest fire than resulted in downed trees across the trail years ago. Unfortunately, the trail isn't maintained, so you have to climb over large trees and may lose the trail. The sign at the head of the trail says it's rated 'Moderate', but it is anything but. It is very difficult to navigate with extremely steep portions.
I consider myself to be in good shape, usually working out cardiovascularly in a gym 2x a week, tennis 1x a week, and yoga 2x a week and found this trail honestly, a nightmare. And at the top / end of the trail, there wasn't even a good view as a payoff!!!
I came back bruised, scratched, bitten (many biting fliers), dehydrated and muddy, as one section had an uncrossable mud pit-so don't wear your good hiking shoes.
I would say this trail is not as advertised - find one with at least a good view if you are gonna suffer this much.
I'd grade it a 'D', only because I love nature and it was a good workout. Bring OFF and tons of water and patience. Not fun.