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Most folks who go over to Weiser State Forest, Roaring Creek Tract, walk or run the paths in the valley, and especially use the road between Highways 54 and 42. There are very pretty trails east of Hwy 42 and up on Big Mountain.
In this adventure we will walk most of the trails east of Hwy 42 on top of Big Mountain. There are several vistas, streams/bridges, ponds, etc., and some wildlife (maybe coyotes) to see.
The trails shown on the Tract's brochure are incomplete. I will provide tracks in a few days of our intended route. A walk of the marked trails will be very helpful towards understanding the connecting trails in the valley below.
The planned route is in two parts. We will first walk the Big Mountain Trail Loop and Overlook Trail (4.7 miles). This hike begins and ends at the Park Office where there is much parking space. For those ready for a longer hike, we will continue on an inner trail consisting of a 1.4 mile loop and a 0.6 mile spur, which will be in to and back from the "ponds." The overall route will then be about 7.3 miles. There are no significant climbs on this route (at most 250 ft of gradual elevation change). I planned the route this way, because we are coming off of Winter and trails may be slippery. I have walked these trails on snow, and suggest this route should be classified as easy to moderate. Good hiking shoes are recommended, as always.
If space fills, join the wait list and suggest an additional date for this adventure. I could easily walk it twice if two dates find group interest.