by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)
© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This trail proved to be more difficult than indicated by the terrain. There are numerous areas where fallen trees block the trail. At some points, it was almost like the state park system was experimenting with an obstacle course.
Never had any issues with water like George did. The streams were relatively low and easy to ford. Although I didn't stop at the campsites, they did appear a little boggy so I don't know if I would stay at any of them.
Otherwise it's a decent hike and you are rewarded at the end with the views from the bridge. Keep your pack fairly light, and take a pair of trekking poles. Also, I ran across hunters at two different places, so make sure you have blaze orange on.
The southern end of the trail is pleasant enough and reasonably well-marked, but some of it is along a state highway and state park roads. At approximately mile 7.5, the trail is entirely flooded by a large and wide waterway. We were able to bushwack around it and return to the trail at approximately mile 7.1. The primitive campsite is under water and approximately 1 mile beyond the trail is again flooded with no apparent opportunity to go around. The flooding appears to be more than seasonal high water. It could be the result of beaver activity, but whatever the cause, the northern end and the southern end are separated in a way that precludes through hiking.
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