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I will do this one again in daylight sometime instead of midnight so I can see the views it's famous for. I will say it's pretty steep, and slow going in March when the ground has anywhere from 2-12 inches of snow on it. Also very windy so maybe don't go when it is sleeting out unless you're in need of a serious exfoliation. What can I say, Ingress is a strange game
Tragically, the bare hillsides have been appropriated as unofficial shooting ranges. The entire trail (not just the hillsides) is littered with detritus from recreational gunfolk, and the noise was inescapable. Obviously no wildlife was present, not even a bird in sight.
This being said, the lookout point might be worth the short walk on a weekday when, hopefully, nobody's shooting.
Chris G. on Plunkett Creek Loop Trail
This is a great little out and back. We went while it was a little snowy and it was amazing!
I started at the North Ridge trail and went up to the peak, then down East Ridge, and home using the 2005 road. A beautiful November day, though it had rained a lot recently and the gravel road leading in from Rt. 20 was showing damage. I was in a Camry, but I wouldn't wanna take the family wagon up that way. Beautiful state...can't wait to see more!
Megan P. on Plunkett Creek Loop Trail
Easy hike with kids, lots to see and explore.