Whispering Pine - North and South
ElevationAscent: 1,011' 308 m
Descent: -1,006' -307 m
High: 919' 280 m
Low: 591' 180 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A great loop run through a mixed hardwood and pine forest with creeks and bluffs.”— Michael Schoenewies
You'll climb to a bluff with great views over Pickle Creek, this is your first taste of the beauty of this trail. Then continue down and around to a second view of Pickle Creek, you'll hear it rushing by below you. The trail then descends to the creek with a crossing with plenty of rocks to hop across.
The trail follows the creek through a grove of pines and then makes another crossing. It will follow the creek for for a mile or two, then you'll begin your ascent. Once the trail climbs through a rocky outcropping you'll be deep in the pine forest and begin another slow climb. Once you reach the top, there are great views from two points along the ridgeline.
The trail then drops back down and this is where you have the choice to take the addition of the South Trail. It is not as well maintained/traveled as the North Trail but does offer two backpacking camps. There is also a nice cliff that has been cut by the River Aux Vases at the horseshoe bend that the trail follows along.
Once the South Trail rejoins the trail, it drops through a low lying area then climbs back up steeply. There is a nice open area at the top of climb to enjoy the view and take a rest. The trail then drops back down and follows a small feeder creek which is mostly dry in the summer, but active in the spring.
The trail rejoins Pickle Creek across from the main campgrounds and you run up the bluff line with lots of great views over the tree tops.
Water is not available at the trailhead, but can be obtained at the park office or the campground.
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