Explorer | 40 pts
This is certainly an intense hike for late fall! The guidebook reads that the last day is the most difficult; however, my boyfriend and I found that the second day (Poke Patch campsite to site #61) is in fact the hardest. Slippery creek crossings and a muddy 1.1 mile uphill climb make for some difficult hiking. Yet the backcountry sites are well-equipped and fellow hikers seem to respect and care for the area. Do this hike in the summer when the number of daylight hours allows for moments of relaxation along the trail's numerous scenic spots.
The 3rd day (a gradual incline along a ridge - diverse ecosystems and plenty of great views) was by far the best.
If you want a trail with few encounters with other hikers, this trail is also for you.
Make sure you check out an elevation map before taking on Fork Ridge Loop...its worth knowing what you are getting yourself into.