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GPS said that we arrived, but we were in the middle of the road with no trail to be found. We found a trail that was not marked at all and the path was overgrown so much you couldn’t see your feet. The gravel road we traveled on for 8 miles was very bad with lots of pot holes and tree limbs down. Worse day of hiking we have had.

on Pine Ridge Trail

1 month ago

We’re not sure we were even on Pine Ridge Trail. A FS sign called Pine Ridge #99, and we hiked a steady climb for 3.5 miles. Crossed a creek, hugged the ridge, got absolutely cut up with sawbriars, and turned around at 4 miles. The trail is soft and spongy, easy on the feet, but the overgrown bushes were not really worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

This map is Rocky Flats Trail, FS 100. Pine Ridge Trail is FS 99.

I hiked the Rocky Flats Trail. today. from double camp road. I hiked 3 miles before I had to turn back, because the trail was overgrown at that point. I saw a very large black Bear. the trail is a little hard to follow past, the 2nd Creek crossing. someone has flagged the hard to follow parts, with red tape. I made a small path as far I went. it will be easier for the next guy. overall a beautiful place, secluded, I didn't see any other hikers. I had the trail to my self.

hiking
3 months ago

This is NOT an easy trail and not recommended for out and back. After leaving Farr Gap you enter Wilderness and a steep drop - 40% grade - you don't want to hike up this trail. Great way to get to Slick Rock Creek and beautiful camping spots. Good for multi day trip to Yellow Hammer Gap, Nichols Cove, Big Fat Gap to Hangover, Bob Bald and Beech Gap. It was part of the Benton Mackaye Trail but BMT was rerouted because of the dangerous crossing (at high water events) at Slick Rock Creek.

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is to the right & there is a map.

Pretty insignificant trail. Very seldom trafficked makes you question if you’re even on the trail (+ no blazes or anything). Best views are from the beginning. Should be rated hard.

Getting there: Our map provides two ways and we took the shortest time option which was the longest in the forest... bad idea. We added 2 hours to our commute because we took this way and it’s mainly a dirt road with a bunch of holes and I drive my civic.

hiking
10 months ago

I would take this with a grain of salt, it has been awhile since I did this hike, this is where I may be wrong, I thought the north trail head was marked as trail 100. It was moderate to hard trail a lot of nice scenery. When my wife and I did this trail we lost light on the south end and walked the road back to the vehicle. To be honest the hard packed gravel road was worse than the hills. Take a medium pack with food and water, there a few water sources if you purify, and maybe a hammock but, give yourself an early start especially in the fall with waning light. I hope this helps.

well to start with i would not rate it easy. the trail head is flat then all down hill from there, they do call it stiffknee. once you decend the walk through the hollers are great, the junction of little slick rock and slick rock creek is worth a sore knee. just remember what went must go up. i would plan a good day for this hike, take some hammocks and cook a meal and relax, you will burn the calories on the hike out. great trail last i was on.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

I love this trail. However, giving it an "easy" rating is crazy. I've been on many trails I'd rate easy before I'd consider this one easy. My friends and I judge all other trails by stiffknee on our stiffknee scale. Just saying.

hiking
Monday, July 03, 2017

This trail is specified easy on here. It should be difficult! Unless your going in and not coming back out and going to the other side to get picked up. Lots of blow down in the cove on the way to little slick rock but worth it . Very beautiful.

it was a good trip but the trails can be a bit rough. nice and secluded

hiking
Friday, January 22, 2016

Excellent trail with many scenic views. Trail isn't marked being in a wilderness area. Great access to Slickrock Creek after 3.7 miles down hill. The most beautiful campsite you'll find anywhere at the trail's terminus with the Slickrock Creek trail.

hiking
Monday, March 17, 2014

Great day hike. Small parking area across from the trailhead and more spaces up and down the road. This hike is fairly steep in places (as are most of the hikes that fall off of this ridgeline) but some level places to make it okay for those who need a respite once in a while. I wouldn't recommend this hike in the late summer/early fall as there are patches of blackberry and catbrier that may make your journey a little bloody. We hiked this at the end of winter/very early spring and you could tell it might be a problem when things are in full bloom.

On the hike up you'll see some nice views of some small cascades of Mill Branch. Nothing big, but it makes the hike very pleasant. You won't see much of the branch while leaves are on the trees. There is only one section where you can see the distant mountains through the trees. It was really hazy due to some fires in the area so we didn't see much. Don't expect to see any views on this hike.

There's one creek crossing but not very wide so you shouldn't get wet. The upper section has a lot of spring crossings which at certain times of the year will turn into muddy bogs. You will get muddy during those times. You might see signs of wild boar wallows in the mud as there are a lot of those invasive varmints in this area of the forest.

Just before you get to the gap, and the intersection of the Fodderstack Trail, is a really nice campsite (that's the end point on my track). This is good place to have lunch if this is a day hike or a good place for camp if your journey is longer. Relatively flat area with enough space for several tents and enough trees for those who hang. An existing fire ring sits near a fallen ancient oak.

camping
Monday, February 10, 2014

The campground is tiny and directly on the road, but there are several dispersed campsites along Citico Creek corridor. Very few vehicles passed over our weekend stay and we had complete privacy. The creek was a short walk from our extra large site, and we had ample room to practice our frisbee skills. There was lots of room for the dog to roam without the worry of the road and plenty for her to explore. The creek was clean and peaceful and had a small creek connecting to it even closer to our site.

hiking
3 months ago

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

hiking
Sunday, March 16, 2014