DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,870 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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17 days ago

The road to Beech Bottom was impassable and so we ended up going here after reading some reviews. I could see why somebody would like this as a winter trail because the views through the trees are incredible but this trail needs some SERIOUS maintenance. We went over/under 28 downed trees. Everything is super overgrown and thorny! We left bruised and bleeding. Sometimes it’s hard to even find the trail. There are NO real campsites!!!!!

As others have mentioned, if you’re trying to get to the summit via hemp top trail you have about two more miles to go past the end point listed here. We pushed on to the top of the ridge hoping for views before we lost the trail/gave up and backtracked to a very provincial campsite in the middle of the trail - there is very little flat ground.

We saw one other person the entire time we were there and he seemed very surprised to see us. He dropped a hint about lots of wildlife and sure enough we saw/smelled fresh scat and noticed substantial hog rooting.

TLDR: Bottom line is this trail has a lot of potential but needs some work. No good, clear views. No water. No campsites. Very rugged. I would NOT recommend going alone.