Cave Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Cave Creek Trail travels the side of Hernandez Peak for a trip that takes you through tunnels of rhododendron bushes. You’ll also enjoy excellent views of the surrounding mountains. The hiking becomes difficult from the Nubbin Creek Trail junction on Little Caney Head to the end of the trail at the Pinhoti connector on Parker High Point because the trail has become overgrown with thorn bushes and shrubs. Trail Surface: Dirt path and rock."
--Joe Cuhaj, Hiking Alabama (Falcon Guides).
The trail is nice and not too strenuous most of the way. It gets a little rocky here and there but not too bad. There were flowers all over the place while i was there. After going past the creek it gets a little less maintained. There were several downed trees i had to crawl under or over and the trail narrows as it climbs. There are a few good places to camp along the trail as well.
We took the Cave Creek trail up on Saturday morning and it was pretty hot. The trail is really rocky and this time of year there is not much of a view. I imagine that in the fall and winter it is a great trail with great views but this time of year is not a good time to go up. We camped on top of a ridge and woke up in a cloud. Everything was wet and very hot. Good for fall NOT now.
Cave Creek is a beautiful walk in the woods. The trail is fairly flat and the trees are tall and the forest is well canopied. Loved it!!
Wonderful hike. It is an out or back hike, but can be combined with the Pinholti Trail to make for a long loop (~14 miles). The Cave Creek Trail meanders through lush woods and several easy stream crossings. It is a moderately difficult hike, but the return along the Pinholti Trail is much more difficult and less developed with extensive boulder fields to contend with. We hiked in late May, and the wildflowers were exceptional, especially the fields of Indian Pink. If this is not enough enticement, the views are wonderful.
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