Endangered Species Detour passable by hikers but not equestrians

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August 23rd, 2018
By: David Harris

Despite April 2014 and May 2017 reports to the contrary, the endangered species detour at Mile 386 from Islip Saddle to South Fork Campground is readily passable by hikers. The trail is rocky, passes above some steep drop-offs, and has sections where scree has slid across the path, so those who are nervous about heights might not enjoy the trail, but it is still readily passable by average hikers and is a minor challenge compared to many other problems faced by through-hikers. The trail is presently impassible to equestrians because of a huge log on a very steep hillside that hikers must crawl under.

The Endangered Species Detour tours some splendid country, including Big Rock Creek and the Devil’s Punchbowl, but it so long and has so much elevation loss and gain that most hikers I’ve met are doing the road walk from Eagles Nest to Burkhart Campground.