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This is a just-right Trail, in a good way…close to town but quick climb to peace & quiet and evergreens. The D. Ball Trails are so well marked you can easily modify if you're feeling great or in a bit of a hurry.

This is a just-right Trail, in a good way…close to town but quick climb to peace & quiet and evergreens. The D. Ball Trails are so well marked you can easily modify if you're feeling great or in a bit of a hurry.

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked this trail with my family yesterday. It was incredible! I found it to be challenging, but oh my gosh the views at the top were amazing! Worth every step! I can't wait to do it again!

The trail head is a simple indistinct opening in a fence line along the side of the road. From there the trail is relatively well marked to the top of the nearby peak. The view from above is worth the climb which took about 30 minutes. If you continue along the trail to complete the loop, you will be mostly bushwhacking as the remainder of the trail from the peak is almost indistinguishable. However, it is during this second portion of the hike that petroglyphs are visible in the canyon beside the stream. It was a fun and adventurous hike. For a more tamed version, climb to the top of the peak, take in the views, and climb back down the way you came in.

Great trail with a couple spots to pick an easier or more difficult trail. In fact, there are a lot of different ways to get to the top, and I didn't take the exact trail posted here. As long as you pick the easier route at the forks, it's not too hard a hike and feels like a good workout.

hiking
9 days ago

9 days ago

Perfectly pleasant 4 mile jaunt. Trail is well marked and well maintained. And not too crowded with mountain bikers in the day I went

It's very convenient to town. But you don't get the deep forest feel of other nearby trails. And you don't escape the road noise for much of the path.