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backpacking
4 hours ago

Nice day hike. Moist ground but not slippery even with the new fallen leaves. Rocks at the very top we’re hard to navigate and the signage denoted the dangerous conditions was heeded that day.

Fun, scary at times, worth knowing you accomplished it. I am not a advanced hiker, but I think I might have graduated to a new level? The ladders clouds and wind are a adventure to on their own. Icy at times coming down the other way, scrambles rough, take water.

hiking
7 hours ago

The hike was great and the scenery fantastic. The drive in was rough and long.

hiking
8 hours ago

There is about 10 miles of trails here. Did about 6. Went to the top of Spencer Mountain after I came to the end of one of the trails. Could be illegal but I didn't see any "No Trespassing" signs. Kind of dangerous to the top and on the way down. Slippery rocks. Decent view at the top. So I got about 700 feet in elevation gain. 4 stars.

hiking
8 hours ago

This is the most strenuous trail in the park, except I can't speak for the Ridgeline Trail since I haven't done it. View at the top is probably the nicest view within the entire park. Only criticism is that there isn't many places to go at the top. A lot more views at the Crowder's Summit. Still 5 stars!

Take bear spray with you. I was about 2 miles into the Sunkota Ridge Trail from where it begins when you do it counterclockwise from Deep Creek when I hear loud rustling, look up, and see a momma black bear charging me from 50 yards away with two cubs following behind. I stopped, she stopped, we stared at each other for a little bit and I backed away slowly and went back the way I came. So much for the reviews on here that say there was no wildlife to see. Ten minutes later I heard some more rustling, soiled my pants again, and then saw two deer feet away from the trail.

hiking
9 hours ago

Easy trail. 4 mile round trip. Wooded walk along the river. Loud in the beginning when you go under the I-85 overpass. Starts in McAdenville and ends in a neighborhood in Lowell. 2 stars.

Nice hike. Different routes to the top depending on which side of the loop you start on, so I did the longer one. Takes about 30-35 minutes to the top. Gets strenuous the last 10 min or so. Decent view of the Catawba valley. 4 stars.

hiking
9 hours ago

Just a walk in the woods. Nothing spectacular. Decided to stop here after a Baker's Mtn hike in Hickory. You get a couple hundred feet in elevation gain so you can see Baker's Mtn at the highest point. Quite a few switchbacks since it's a mountain biking trail, but took about 40 min to complete the loop. 3 stars.

hiking
12 hours ago

We didn’t actually do the whole hike due to time constraints, but going up and down the balds was cool and the views were unusually wide open for Eastern hiking. It was pretty muddy for much of the trail. But the views really were spectacular!

hiking
15 hours ago

nice day hike, look forward to hiking the rest of the Art Loeb

hiking
16 hours ago

hiking
17 hours ago

Very nice trail, excellent shade, nice views along the way, and a stunning view once you reach the top. A must do.

backpacking
1 day ago

Good trail that will give you a nice workout. Many places to set up camp along every mile of the trail and it was very peaceful. Would definitely go again. Only downside is there was no water as all the creeks were dry so be sure to hike in what you will need.