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muddy
2 days ago

Cannot testify to the views since it was foggy with very low visibility. However, it was a solid well marked hike. I clocked the hike closer to 10 miles vs the documented 8.6. Very muddy and slippery even with hiking boots. Very cool rock formations. Will come again if in the area.

Great trail loop. I recommend starting early, really early, to avoid the crowds. Most people on the trail didn't wear a mask. So if you're concerned about Covid-19, wear one, particularly at all the stopping points like Chimney Rock, Wolf Rock, and the waterfall. Trail had puddles of water and muddy spots in certain places. Not really a problem, just FYI. The higher up we went, the foggier it became. For 2-3 miles we couldn't see more than 20 feet in front of us. I actually loved that.

on Wolf Rock

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Be careful if you climb in further above. Saw several people slip or jump a crevasse and wipe out hard. Rocks are a bit slippery (just rained last night) but the formations are pretty cool. Difficult for people who are afraid of heights depending how far you want to go in or which crevasse you look into. No view really, it’s all covered by trees.

One of my favorite trails. Nice vistas for pictures and taking a break for snacks of lunch. Feels secluded and just an overall beautiful nature setting!

Moderate tough trail. Anti-clockwise is challenging. Quite many people amid COVID19. Definitely take plenty of water.

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rocky
4 days ago

This trail is great! Its perfect if you are looking for something quick, but a bit challenging. It’s fairly steep and rocky, but has a lot of wonderful views. The rocks at the end are always a fantastic treat to climb around on, just keep an eye out for rattlesnakes. I’ve been coming to this trail since I was a little girl, and it has always been one of my favorites.

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rocky
13 days ago

Moderate describes this trail perfectly. A few hard stretches that don’t last long with mostly flat or downhill walking.

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rocky
17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Saw some puppers of all breeds enjoying the hike! Amazing views and some climbing involved on the trail I went on. A little muddy but you can easily avoid the areas!! Great hike overall!

Fun trail that's marked well and easy to follow. The area has easy, moderate, and difficult hikes, so you can customize as you wish. I arrived mid-day on a week day and the parking lot was mostly empty - only came across a few people throughout the hike. My dog loved it as well

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washed out
23 days ago

I would recommend this trail if your looking for a pleasant hike with some fun rocks at the end. The trail was a little washed out but if it hasn't rained in the past few days you should be all good!

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closed
rocky
23 days ago

Very nice hike on a 66 degree day. Right now I guess due to covid you cannot park near the trailhead. We walked 2 miles to get to it. Parts of the trail had “closed” signs but we ignored them and proceeded with the loop. Not sure why they were closed as nothing seemed the matter.

Great hike if you're looking for a workout. Took about almost 9 miles. steep and muddy at times. Chimney Rock was worth it for that view!

A really nice trail with variety of easy, moderate, and hard sections. Would advise attempting later in the afternoon and not on a weekend with the amount of people now visiting the park, difficult to social distance recently.

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blowdown
muddy
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

This was a really fun, but somewhat challenging hike. The views at the lookouts are amazing, and you get to see pretty much every landmark in the park. Be aware that much of the terrian is extremely rocky. There's also sections where you are going through mud and crossing small streams. Waterproof, sturdy hiking boots are a must. The area has gotten a lot of wind recently, and lots of trees are down. The last 1/3 of the trail (after Chimney Rock) is very poorly marked. We actually got lost, and ended up having to backtrack about half a mile to find the trail again.

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