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14 days ago

Great trail! The views are amazing.

as everyone has been saying, the trail is not easy to find. we were the only ones at the camp so we were on our own. but the Alltrails app helped out a ton. following the track from the app we walked in the opposite direction of the lake. the beginning part of the hike takes you past the area where the boys camp, bathrooms, frisbee golf, and firing range. follow this until you reach the lake. then the blazes start appearing. I did find that the blazes were marked well. it was buggy but we had a great hike.

Just did this trail, was a little hard to find the trailhead, but the directions given in the reviews were really helpful. Bring bug spray!

hiking
4 months ago

This trail should really be reclassified with Straightback and ignored as a single summit.

Hiked with my 10 year old who faired well.
From the "parking lot" follow the trail signs for Straightback and then on to Mt. Anna.

We actually tried to follow the mapped trail. It is marked with blue blazes which are very far apart on a very indistinguishable trail that doesn't appear to have ever been worked on. I went off trail to find the snowmobile trail up to straight back and on to Mt. Anna.

Anna has no views bit Straightback does.

There is very little ice left and you could probably complete the trail without spikes. We took ours off almost to the Straightback summit.

hiking
6 months ago

We followed this route from Jesus Valley Road to Straightback to Anna, and then descended via a logging camp road (marked with blue blazes) and got back to JVR on snowmobile rt 22E. A good amount of snow up there today--no need for microspikes or snowshoes though. On our way from Straightback to Anna, we began following purple blazes on what I think was the Precipice Trail, but we lost sight of blazes after a short while and there were no more tracks (however, there was evidence that we were not the first to dead end on this trail).

8 months ago

Trail is a series of dirt roads through a Boy Scout camp. We saw several cars and ATV groups on the way so we were constantly moving over to make sure we (and the dogs) didn't get hit. There is no view other than Boy Scout tent frames and pit toilets. There are several hikes that are much better and safer.

hiking
9 months ago

The actual hike itself is very nice but getting to the trail is not very straightforward and the markers for the trails could use some fresh paint. We ended up just hiking it twice to get back because we couldn't figure out how both trails supposedly could get you back to the parking lot. The boy scouts are so nice and helpful though and the view is great so I would go back but only when the camp is busier so there is someone to ask when you can't find the parking lot.

hiking
11 months ago

A friend and I drove almost an hour and a half to hike Mt. Shannon (which we specifically chose because we thought it was over 3 miles-according to this app). You can park at the Boy Scout Administration office (go down the very long dirt road stay to the right when you come to a Y in the road loop around the Big building on your left. you'll go down a little hill take a right and you'll see the administration office) and we had to check in because camp was in service (felt a little awkward being the only 2 females at an all boys boy scout camp lol). The worker messed up the trails. So we took what we assumed was the longer yet less steep side first which defiently was the shorter. The entire loop was only 1.92 so Idk where the 3.x came into play?

hiking
11 months ago

I did this loop by finding a trail I didn't know about. I hiked from the end of Jesus Valley rd. park on roadside. Took old stage rd. to Straightback .Mt. and Mt. Anna. On the way back ran into another hiker who told me about the Precipice trail. This was the best part of the hike. it went all along the edge of a ridge . Trail crosses about an 80 ft. waterfall and goes down beside it. Then it link's back up to Old stage rd. to make the loop. I loved it !

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

Thank you to those reviewers who explained exactly how to get to the trailhead; it would've been very difficult to find otherwise. As others said, very steep in the beginning, but not too bad the second half. Short hike with beautiful views! Follow the yellow trail.

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Can someone help I saw another post saying to park at the Boy Scout admin building. And I am will I be towed? And also if I'm facing the lake which way do I then head ?

walking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

This is Camp bell which is a scout camp. We went before the camp was open but I wouldn't think you can just walk through when in use. The entire trail is a dirt road and we did see two cars while we were walking.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

I hike this trail 4 or 5 times a year. Great views for such a short hike, it's nice in the winter too if there isn't much snow.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Great hike. Met some great Scouts at the top. Did find that tells to red to blue combination brings you over the top, down to the lake, a nice level walk through dark woods, then back up over the top to get back to parking. Definitely will be going again.

hiking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

The trail head was hard to find and it was pretty steep at first but overall was great
Got a little turned around coming down where yellow turns go blue then red
Over all not bad but just be aware the trail colors change.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Amazing to hike!!

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

trailhead was extremely hard to find if you weren't familiar to the area. You have to park at boy scouts admin building then walk along lake eileen for .3 miles and then you'll find the "mt shannon" trailhead on a small wooden sign after a big triangular structure on your right. The hike was fairly short, decent steep for first half. The view from the top was nice in the fact it was very secluded and no one was around. Great alternative to Mt. Major. If you're looking for an easy hike that won't take up much of your day I'd recommend this up up the yellow trail.

hiking
Saturday, September 22, 2012

Easy hike, Nice views

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