Originally Posted by swankfly
Yes, I am aware of the distance, but there's 8.5 miles and then there is 8.5 miles....I have not hiked that stretch in a long time and don't remember it at all. You think average fit hikers can cover it in 3-4 hours?
I did Ravens Point to Foster Falls in under 3. It's similar (right around 8.5) and there is a gorge to deal with on the Fiery Gizzard, however, as Mark mentioned group dynamics can change that. Also, I'm not known for lolly gagging either.
I won't tell you not to hike at night, but the rangers frown on it and signs clearly state against it, so be stealth if you do.
Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.