My goal is to hike every trail in the South Mountain Park. I am not planning on hiking each trail fully but to at least hike a portion of each trail as some of the trails are more suited for horse or biking trails. For instance, Horseridge Trail is a wide trail suitable for maintenance vehicles and horses. I used that trail when I hiked the Possum trail to connect to Sawtooth Trail. This hiking trip titled Raven Rock Trail will only cover 1.4 miles of the 2.5 miles. I plan to cover the rest of the trail in a camping trip in the future.
The main purpose of this hiking trip is to field test the Garmin eTrex 10 hand held GPS unit and an Anwenk Camera Strap Belt. I followed the River Trail .3 miles to the trailhead of Raven Rock Trail. From there I hiked 3.1 miles to Headquarters Trail. Following along the HQ Trail for 1.2 miles I came to the Shinny Creek Campsites. I continued on another .7 miles to reach the High Shoals Falls Loop Trail. From there was another .5 miles to the parking lot. It was very hot and muggy (96° and humidity at 89%) that day and I was drenched with sweat but the hike was pleasant and not as strenuous as I had imagined considering the climb from 1300 feet to 2200 feet in 3 miles.