- Aug 5, 2023
Ran Middle Fork Swain trail last weekend. Was doing a day-trip solo so I intended to pick something easy but scenic. The first 7 miles were very tame, most stock jeeps could make it with ease. The last mile to the summit proved to be quite difficult due to an unexpected foot of snow. Got past the only major rock obstacles on the trail with not much trouble, even with the snow. However, once you’re past the obstacles the last 100 yards to the summit is steep with deeper snow. Got stuck twice, eventually started sliding sideways back down the hill before deciding to call it a day. In the summer time I’m sure this is an easy trail, but would not recommend anyone making the trek to the summit between now and next spring.