Erwin Park

8.00 Miles
4stars (4.30)5
1point5stars (1.70)
3stars (3.20)
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More Bike than Hike Trail
By ewachtler on 7/20/2009
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 1.00 Mile Duration: 1 hour
Maybe my mistake was going on this hike on a Sunday morning. There were TONS of bikers and I spent most of my time dodging them. The actual trail was nice, a lot of shade, but I didn't get to enjoy it much. I may consider going back during the week when it is less crowded.
Erwin Park - Entire Trail
By DChavis on 10/20/2007
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 8.00 Miles Duration: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Started on the southern trail loop with only a five minute break before starting the norther loop.  The first leg was completed in 1 hour & 11 minutes.  The skies were clear and the temp started at 50 degrees warming to 75 by mid-day.

Erwin Park - Northern Trail Loop
By DChavis on 9/29/2007
Rating: 5stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 4.35 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Saturday morning hike.  Passed by a mountain biker about every 15-20 minutes.

Erwin Park - Southern Trail Loop
By DChavis on 9/24/2007
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 2stars Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 3.65 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes

A nice hike along the southern loop of the trail.  With no recent rains, the trail path was in good condition - smooth and packed with no tire grooves.  Hiking late on a Monday morning, I was only passed by a half dozen mountain bikers.  The only sound heard besides the wind blowing through the trees was a woodpecker or an ocassional distant helicopter or plane.

Much of the trail wound its way through the oak tree groves.  The shade of the trees makes a hike in 90-95 degree heat comfortable.  A near-contant southerly breeze is a welcomed addition when crossing the open areas too.  The undergrowth is thick enough where one can barely see someone on the upcomming switchback.  This makes it easy for bikers to sneak up on you if they are quiet.

In some places the trail comes right to the edge of the riverbank with steep dropoffs of over thirty feet.  Due to the number of half-exposed roots and some dips in the trail, trekking poles will be quite helpful.  There are a few geo-caches hidden in the park, including one specifically for dogs.

By adipaulie on 1/1/2005
Rating: 3point5stars Difficulty: halfstar Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 7.50 Miles Duration: N/A