DISTANCE
17.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1361 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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hiking
3 months ago

Myself and a couple buddies hiked the first leg of this amazing trail last February mid-winter be it. The water crossings were kind of a pain, was not expecting so many, and with the water levels being up we had to resort to making rock bridges to keep our feet from getting soaked. Roughly 3.4 miles from coming out at Bark camp lake you'll follow around a mile or so of a rocky cobblestone path along the trail which made for somewhat rough going to be honest. We only hiked the first 11.4 miles from High Knob Tower to Bark Camp Lake but this spring i'm intending on doing the entire trek solo and planning on filming the entire trip. Here's a link to our first experience of the famous Chief Benge Trail. Check out the strange find we encountered near edith gap. To clear things up the trail is actually around 20+ miles, not 16, of moderate to strenuous hiking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL1bdKxunuY&t=17s