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Moderate skilled trail with pretty views and multiple places to camp. Can be done in 1 long day or two short days. Sometimes it is a little hard to follow the trail but all in all a great hike!
I loved all the beautiful wild flowers and the aroma from them was intoxicating. Blooms were falling from the trees and I felt as if I was in a mystical land. I hiked to the end and was so glad I did. However the "easy" rating in my opinion is wrong. It really isn't suitable for small children with the steady incline and with roots and rocks sticking up from the ground it would make it difficult, One of my favorite hikes.
This hike was HARD, and I'm a pretty experience hiker. Funny enough, the way up was rough, but I was in way more pain on the way day. It's a constant ascent up, which was hard on my lungs, but it's a constant descent down, which was relentless on my knees and ankles. Ugh. It's also a pretty darn rocky trail with a ton of roots just waiting to turn your ankle. Oh, and there had apparently been a fleet of horses that had just been up since we had to avoid all kinds of poop piles the entire way.
However, the view is pretty spectacular. The fella and I had to stop quite a few times on the way up, so it took us a good 3.5 hours to get up. We hung out at the fire tower for about 20-30 minutes eating a snack and taking in the view. Then it took us another 2.5 hours to get back down, moaning and groaning the whole way because of our old legs.
made it to the lodge with minimal stops in about 2 hours 40 minutes, about 105 minutes on the way down. lots of red squirrels, came 10 feet from a whitetail and also met the rapper yelawolf at the lodge which was pretty surreal. Myrtle point is a must. p.s the cookies at the lodge are great for a buck.