Walked it again!
We were marking the trail for the event on the 5th.
I hiked the recently blazed Blue/White trail from Public campground #4. This is new and goes up Johnson Peak, (350+ foot hill above lake). The other trails are east and go up Redbird Hill (topping around 200 feet above lake). White and Blue ribbons mark the trailhead off a dirt road that leads to campsites just east of the boat ramp road. The trail is roughly 3 foot wide and cleared well w/ good views of lake along the way and is mostly dirt and some rock surfaced. There is another trailhead for Johnson Peak on Park Road 36 past the church. Across the hwy and on the other side of the church is the Redbird trailhead. I never met a person along this trek but did hear some hikers and kids coming up from the other trailhead on this cold, clear day. From the peak I could clearly see the state park, the rest of the pennisula, the bends of the lake, Hells Gate, the Cliffs, McAdams Peak and even Schoolhouse Mountain. What a view!!
I hiked the possum kingdom trail several times and it has good trails but also hiked Johnson Peak more than once too. They both have very good scenery, challenging hikes and some solitude on each. But Johnson Peak is much better for it wonderful views on the top, including Hell's Gate to the south. Nearby convenience/gas stations.
I am not sure I would bother to hike this trail during warm months, but it is a good family walk if you are already staying in park. my kids were 13 and 11 years old when we were here.
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