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hiking
1 day ago

This is a great trail but not very well marked. We were glad we spent the money on the premium Alltrails subscription. There were a few markers, but even the ones that were there were hard to spot because they were natural wood with no paint. We took a few wrong turns and luckily realized it before we went too far. There is no cell service but we were able to follow the app through GPS. The trail is somewhat challenging with lots of creek crossings, deadfalls and rocks. The Alltrails app severely underestimates the length of the trail. It says the loop is 11.3 miles and we started out at 10 am expecting a 4 hour hike. At the point where the second shortcut trail crosses, the app read 6 miles, but our Garmin InReach said 9 miles. We were only about half way around the loop at that point and because of the time, we decided to take the short cut which was rated as hard. It was a great hike, but altogether, even with taking the shortcut, our InReach (which has been calibrated) registered 14.7 miles! If you like some challenge and a trail that is not highly trafficked, this is a great trail. Several pretty waterfalls along the way. The trail that cuts across is difficult, but more scenic. I recommend it, but I wouldn’t do it in the summer. It would be way to hot, buggy and thick.

Nice trail. I only went to the waterfall and back (2.5mi round trip.) Follow the Spur marked by the white blazes until the trail forks. Waterfall trail now marked by YELLOW (vice red) blazes.

hiking
over grown
5 days ago

Rough road to get to the trail, scenery was not pretty getting there. Once on the trail about 1/4 mile, the trail disappeared. We turned around and left. I feel like we weren’t in the right spot bc there were so many good reviews and beautiful pictures. This wasn’t for us,

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

Great hike, what goes down must come up.... remember that on the way down because it is an ass kicker coming out. When you get to the falls make sure to climb up and follow it until you can’t anymore. So much beauty upstream of the falls.

Trail was well marked with blue blazes and provided a few different types of terrain. Trailhead was super easy to find.

Trail was nice but rocky - view at vista (3/4 trail) was very refreshing

hiking
9 days ago

Fun trail. Pinhoti is great good climbs with good views. Easy to fall be careful of leaves on the ground. Plenty of water and camp sites. Skyway trail was tough lots of up and down switch backs

10 days ago

Nice hike with the kids but this is just an extension of the forest road down to the water. Not a hikng trail. The "parking" area is just before the fork in the road fyi. This is a good place for kayak take out.

Beautiful trail! Definitely recommend hiking this loop clockwise. Shortcut trail is not a maintained trail, unnamed and not on the official Sipsey maps & tough to stay on. Several creek crossings. Download the map, have a GPS and prior backwoods hiking experience highly recommended for the shortcut leg. Loved the loop!

Some markers have broken and point the wrong way be careful, otherwise a pretty good trail.

This is an excellent route (although note that the original recorded route has a backtracked section due to the hiker passing the Bee Branch Trail, so it's closer to 21 miles). The trail is book-ended with a somewhat boring features, but those are short-lived. Featuring the fat-man squeeze, the fording of Borden Creek, a gorgeous canyon full of old-growth trees and stunning rock formations, several waterfalls depending on rainfall, a short but challenging boulder hop, and an impressive cliff that cracked and shifted to leave a hole known as the "Eye of the Needle", this hike won't disappoint. Hiking it all in one day would certainly be a feat, but it can be easily completed with a one night stay just after crossing the creek. Blowdowns are present but somewhat easily overcome. If it has rained heavily or recently, the creek may be higher than you wish to navigate.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
21 days ago

We did about 2/3 of this trail today as a short day-hike starting from the Sipsey Parking Area. This is basically an easy trail with just enough slightly difficult areas to keep it interesting. Amazing scenery although it would probably have been even better if the creek hadn’t been so low. Did see 3 small waterfalls (2 of which were off-trail but easy to get to) and heard 2 more that we decided not to try to find. The only thing that would have made this hike better was if we hadn’t had time constraints that caused us to have to turn around about 30 minutes before we got to Fat Man’s Squeeze. Would love to go back and complete the trail, go through Fat Man’s Squeeze and maybe camp at one of the numerous campsites we saw.

Fun trail. It’s in good condition, but there are plenty of rocks underfoot. Definitely no trail runners up here! The trail on the east and south end are easy to traverse. The west side is slower going, but the trail is easy to follow up to McDill. (Definitely take the short hike to McDill. It is more than worth the short detour.). The stretch north of McDill is the toughest part of the loop. When you reach the rock field, look for trees on the far side with the trail blaze. It’s pretty much a straight shot across. After you reach the north end of the ridge line, the trail takes a hard turn to the left and descends. I missed it and followed a small unmarked trail that takes off to the right. My mistake, there’s a double blue square blaze at the turn, I just wasn’t paying attention. If you want to camp, I counted 3 campsites along the trail on the west side of the ridge.

hiking
rocky
scramble
21 days ago

I would highly recommend. Taking this loop clockwise. The second half going counter clockwise is pretty tough but beautiful. The big tree and the water fall next to it were worth the trip.

Overall this was a nice trail. The start of the trail is not marked well. I started walking down what I thought was the trail and it was the property line marker. We walked to little Caney head and back almost the entire trail. The trail is not marked. I only saw 1 blaze marking out and back. Trail is over grown in some spots but not bad. The waterfalls are small 2-4 foot drops at one creek crossing. There are a few spots that have an overlook through the trees.

Great trail. The NW river crossing of 209 is very difficult to find. Be careful here. If you see the 206 trail marker you’ve gone too far. The trail crossing is below where all 3 creeks come together to form the Sipsey. 201 begins across the river.

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The shortcut involves some scrambling and backcountry navigation skills. I have done this route many times. long before it was on here. Shocked this is here. This is a dangerous place. Recently went in, talked to many that only had this app and no map. there is currently someone lost in this area using your software. I petition that you remove this loop asap!

F3 Birmingham Backpacking Trip Overnight Friday - Saturday, 9 Pax. Led by Falco. Started at Randolph Trail Head and went counterclockwise. Hiked half way around loop before stopping around 3:00 pm at Campsite on the water. Out of Booze by 8:00. Next morning on the trail by 8:30 am. Hiked out. Got to trail head by 10:45 am. Great trip with some quotes and jokes to remember... -“...it’s only 6:30?” -“Polar Bear Plunge?” -“You don’t know who Robert Duvall is?” “...Lonesome Dove!!!” -“...Acute Angina” -“I have a torn Labia”

Loved all the mushrooms and lichen along the paths. Had a great day. Beautiful, deeply wooded trail. Very well maintained. Kudos to the family that maintains this nature trail.

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