This was supposed to be an easy trail; the best I could say is that it MIGHT have been borderline-intermediate on a dry day. As it was, I thought it was almost an "experienced" trail only, and I wished I'd had some cleats! Being covered in mud doesnt bother me-but a 2 foot path that gets narrowed to about maybe 6 inches of "usable" trail- which is covered in slick mud with a couple hundred foot drop off DOES. My dog actually went over the side twice - we saved her by her leash, thankfully! Definitely wait for a stretch of relatively dry weather and still expect some mud. However, it IS a lovely forest hike with some great mountain views. If you like birding-you'll like this one. But pick your timing or turn around--by the time we finished up, we had search and rescue helicopters and the fire department coming for *someone* out on the trail behind us...dont know who it was, just hope everyone was okay. The views, in my experience, plus the solitude took this one from a "terrible" trail to a "poor" trail to me. Take it very, very slow and make sure every footing is solid if it IS muddy, and you'll be fine, though--don't expect it to be a 2 hour hike in the mud; leave 3-4.
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