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We wanted to do this hike over the summer, but it was way too hot to do this hike so we waited. We lucked out with a gorgeous Labor Day weekend.


We did this loop in Nov. 2008 and the Split Rock Trail blue markers were frustratingly hard to find; they still are. After that experience, and reading Daniela's post about having the same issues, we opted to see if the markers were easier going the opposite way around (four birds then split rock). And the verdict... a bit better but not much.

The Reservoir from the road:


11 miles;
challenging loop around Split Rock Reservoir. Suitable for experienced, fit hikers only. Even though the loop is on the low end of challenging distance wise, the relentless minor elevation changes of the Highlands terrain gives you a workout. The path is blazed but you need keen eyes to spot the markers... and requires constant vigilance.

After the hike, we figured out that part of the problem is that none of the maps are totally current. The blue trail was rerouted to Charlottesville Rd, in one section because of the new houses that went up. So if you are standing on the woods road looking at BLUE blazes on the road, but look at your map... you think you need to turn off the road back into the woods... but you don't.

But that's really only part of the problem... the blazes are really hard to spot on the whole route.

Our full blog post is here, and hike info/photo/video is on our Splitrock Reservoir page.





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Comment by Daniela Wagstaff on September 10, 2010 at 5:55pm
Not that I am glad you had the same experience, but I'm glad it wasn't my imagination that the trail is so hard to follow. It's really a shame because that would be a very nice hike if it weren't so frustrating.
Comment by njHiking.com on September 10, 2010 at 6:17pm
It was getting downright comical... the blazes would just "poof" disappear and we would constantly have to stop and look around for markers - the two of us would stand there and spin around, looking behind to see markers in the other direction, looking this way and that.
Comment by Daniela Wagstaff on September 10, 2010 at 9:00pm
Yeah, that is exactly what I was doing! Makes you wonder what the wildlife must think watching all of these hikers spinning around in circles.
Comment by njHiking.com on September 15, 2010 at 7:44pm
Actually I don't think I posted gpx for the '08 hike... here is the current gpx file.

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