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Falls Lake Trail, Sections 6 - 8. Part of the MST! 8.9 miles

  • Jan 18, 2014 · 10:00 AM

The Basics:

We will hike Sections 6 through 8 of the Falls Lake Trail from Six Forks Road to Shinleaf Recreation Arrea.  This is in North Raleigh starting near Blue Jay Pointe Park and ending near New Light Road.  We will dump cars and hike one-way.  This is a great way to burn some energy with nice views from time to time.

Hiking Info:
Distance: 8.9 miles so plan on 3+ hours of hiking.
Pace: 3-3.5 mph with a few stops.  This pace is kind of fast for hiking so be ready for a workout.  We will stop at the end of each section to regroup but all hikers are expected to be able to maintain a 3 mph pace in the woods.

 


What to bring:

- 1-2 liters of water and a snack
- Sturdy boots
- No dogs or children please

Starting Location:

The meetup location will be emailed Friday before the hike by 5pm.

Trail Information:
This is a THOG Level 3 hike (slight intermittent elevation gains, rocks, tree roots). Boots are recommended.  No dogs or children please.

The Falls Lake Trail is part of the Mountain to Sea Trail. It starts at the Falls Lake Dam and runs along the southern border of the lake until it meets the Eno River State about 60 miles away. Hiking this trail in winter is best as the hiker is afforded many views of the lake that are obscured during the summer.

The sections are detailed on this site: http://www.ncmst.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Falls-Lake-Trail-official-description-2011-Apr.pdf , and the section numbers I reference are based on this guide.

 

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  • Grace

    It was nice hiking with all of you new and old fellow hikers. Thanks again Keith for yet another great hike in the woods.

    January 19, 2014

  • Kirsten H.

    Great hike with great people on a cold day!

    January 19, 2014

  • Isabel S.

    An outstanding experience today, Keith! Thanks for pulling it together. I am grateful to all you experienced hikers for tips and insights. What a great group to share a fabulous day exploring the MST!

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful trail, great weather & fun group. Thanks Keith!

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing, Keith! Really enjoyed the trail and good company!

    January 18, 2014

  • Isabel S.

    Thanks for doing all the leg work Keith. See you in the morning!

    January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    How will I know if we can come? This is our first hike with you and we are on the waiting list. Thanks.

    January 17, 2014

  • Will & D.

    Be aware, the Shinleaf Parking & camping is CLOSED. Donna & I maintain FLT Sections 8 & 9 & were out Sunday 12 Jan doin our job and discovered the closure. The drive is blocked just past the Hiker Turn Around area. Leaves & mud make for some slick spots, take care!

    January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Man I really wish I could make this one. I need to finish up my falls lake MST sections

    January 12, 2014

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