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rowerms

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Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« on: April 14, 2017, 09:12:15 PM »

Made a day trip to the gorge today, found Star Gap (no thanks to hinterlands on which way to turn for the side trail). From there, we drove down to Rock Bridge Road to attempt to find Swift Camp Creek Overlook. We got to the deadfalls and thought it was impossible that it was the correct trail. Tried to go to the trail off of the big camp site right before the deadfalls, and that just dissipates into nothing. So we back tracked all the way to the campsite at the trail split, and made sure we didn't miss anything.

Got out the topo maps and realized the dead falls were the right direction. So we tried again. Every ime it felt like it was going to open up, there were more trees. Everywhere. I can tell people had come through that way due to bare logs and ground leaves. But the trees are everywhere.

So, the real question is, when I go back someday to see turtle back arch, is it worth it to try to get past the dead falls? The maps all look like the path veers right, but it felt like the only pass through the downed trees was veering left. Am I crazy? is it really worth fighting through the trees?

The promise of views and seclusion sounds promising, but browsing old threads on here kind of argues this point.

Thoughts are appreciated.

We eventually got frustrated and went and took a nap in the sun on buzzards roost.  >:(

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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2017, 05:54:36 AM »

I spent hours looking for a way around that deadfall.  I don't think one exists.  I think you'll have to clear some of it out if you want to get thru there. 

Turtle Back Arch is nice.  When I took my son, who was 11 at the time, I made him "find" it.  I put him on the trail that goes past the unusual tree and my only hint to him was "think about Star Gap Arch" and go find it.  I was a proud parent when he found the side trail and decent.   ;)
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rowerms

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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2017, 09:48:57 AM »

It's just insane back there. It feels like it never ends.
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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2017, 10:05:04 AM »

"The trail goes on forever and the deadfall never ends."  :D
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rowerms

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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2017, 10:26:13 AM »

 :( :D
"The trail goes on forever and the deadfall never ends."  :D
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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2017, 06:10:53 AM »

Made the Turtleback loop a couple of weeks ago.  Tried the overlook and gave up after an hour of trying to fight through the deadfall.  Worst I have ever seen!
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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2017, 01:16:09 PM »

The one and only time I hiked out to SCC Overlook was before all the deadfalls came down and it was the most disappointing view of any overlook I've seen.  I sure wouldn't waste the time to try and make it out there nowadays. 
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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2017, 07:18:38 AM »

I agree completely.While it was fun to find,The view is not worth the effort.
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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2017, 12:44:10 PM »

I agree also . . . while I love pretty much any overlook or vista, the view from the Swift Camp Creek Overlook was fairly underwhelming.
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ShifuCareaga

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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2017, 04:23:51 PM »

well there'an overlook in Mammoth Caves that is overgrown, so the bad ones are out there :)
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Re: Swift Camp Creek Overlook
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2017, 06:11:20 PM »

well there'an overlook in Mammoth Caves that is overgrown, so the bad ones are out there :)

Not all overlooks are created equal.

To wax even more poetic and to paraphrase and parody from literature, "Each awesome overlook is awesome in the same way, each subpar overlook is disappointing in its own unique way" . . . or something : )
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