Hike Reviews

April 16, 2018
Mileage checked, between 2.4-2.5 miles
Jeremy Apgar
<p>Glad you enjoyed the hike!&nbsp; I haven't been up to the Hawk Watch in a few years, but it's a neat area for sure.</p> <p>I checked the mileage for this particular hike, and it is about 2.4-2.5 miles based on our accurate GIS-based track of the route.&nbsp; A straight-line measurement of the trails is about 2.4 miles, but an additional 0.1 mile can be added to account for elevation and fine trail wiggles that might not be captured by the track.</p> <p>I'm not sure how you arrived at a mileage of 3.25 miles, but since you indicate you followed this hike exactly, my guess is the track mileage from your GPS unit or phone may have been too high.&nbsp; Often, GPS readings can be fairly reliable, but there can be times where they are not quite correct due to a variety of potential errors.&nbsp; A GPS distance can sometimes differ based on type of device, the collection interval on the device, or even within different apps in a smartphone device.&nbsp; Other errors can also creep in, such as poor GPS satellite configurations and GPS wandering if you are stationary for a while (such as if you were at the Hawk Watch for an extended period of time).</p> <div class="views-field views-field-comment-body"> <div class="field-content"> <p>~Jeremy, TC Cartographer</p> </div> </div>
April 14, 2018
Mileage incorrect
Great hike. Note that mileage is actually 3.25 mi following the directions here exactly.
August 15, 2016
Hike description has been updated
Daniel Chazin
<p>I rehiked this hike today. &nbsp;I, too, had trouble finding the trailhead, and I agree that description needed to be clarified. &nbsp;I have now updated the description, and I think that the revised description makes it easy to find the trailhead. &nbsp;The yellow trail has indeed been reblazed, and I have incorporated this trail into the hike.</p>
October 13, 2015
Nice hike.
<p>The white trail runs through a pretty stretch of woods. Fall color just starting.</p> <p>Many people going out to the hawkwatch. White trail was much quieter.</p> <p>A good map on jorba: jorba.org/sites/default/sites/default/files/wildcat_081912_HR_0.pdf</p>
November 13, 2011
Description of start of hike seems wrong, alternate ending nice
When I tried to follow the start of this hike I had a hard time finding the trail head. Here is what I think it should say to begin this hike. From the Kiosk head West about 50 feet down upper hibernia road, turn left (South) to find the orange blazed trailhead. My GPS coordinates for the trailhead are 40.95424, -74.47945. The rest of the description was accurate. As an alternative end to this hike, instead of finishing by walking down the road you can follow the yellow-blazed trail through the woods that parallels the road. It seems to follow an old drainage ditch from the mine buildings and ends near where the orange trailhead is. When you reach the orange trail you turn right (North) and follow the orange trail to its terminus.