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Lovely area, just outside the city

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User: Riff Raff - 5/7/2006

Location: Friedrich Wilderness Park

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Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 3.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: N/A

Comments: Took a trip here with my father, while I was in town. I took basically the outer loop of the whole park, starting with part of the (paved) Forest Range trail then heading into the entirety of the Juniper Barrens trail before meeting up with the Main Loop. Continued around the park on the Main Loop and Vista Loop trails.

There's a wide range of trails here for various activity levels, and they're all extremely well marked. The Forest Range trail is paved and can be done by anyone, while the Vista trail had some definite rock scrambling involved. The Main Loop takes you to the top of the ridge and then the Vista trail takes you around another canyon type area. The short Fern Del trail looked interesting (for another time), as easily the most strenuous hike in the park. Will have to come back sometime and hit up some of the side trails and such.

The parking lot was about half full on this sunny Sunday afternoon, and I encountered perhaps twenty people on the various trails. Obviously the farther out you get (e.g. the Vista Trail) the less people you run into.

Area around Friedrich Wilderness Park

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