by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)
© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
If this ridge walk is on your to-do list, then you might want to reconsider. Except for about 8 miles of mostly single track between Birch Knob and north to Goldfish Pond, this 27 mile hike does not offer much more than a fancy web presence and a deceivingly simple web site trail map. The trail is poorly marked, or not marked at all, strewn with litter, has long stretches without water and is utterly confusing to navigate. During my three-day backpacking trip I treaded on miles of rocky, eroded, steep forest roads and weaved my way through a warrens of intersecting, unmarked junctions. Granted there are some views to be had and great work is being done by a group of dedicated volunteers from the Pine Mountain Trail Conference, but in my opinion, this trail is not yet ready for the hype it has received. Improvements are underway. A new shelter (the only one on this section) was under construction at Birch Knob during my trip.
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