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    Kaptain Krunch reviewed Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail

    10 months ago

    Very nice area for day hikes. The waterfall is interesting. I used the access on the south rim about half way through the park at the Camino Ruiz park.

    Kaptain Krunch reviewed AT Elkwallow Wayside to Pass Mountain Hut

    over 1 year ago

    Spent a little time this holiday weekend trying out my new Zpacks Duplex Tent while doing a quick section of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park Virginia. This time, I hiked from Elkwallow Wayside to Pass Mountain Hut. Along with being hot, sweaty, and buggy, this section of trail was exceptionally boring for me, with few views and little features of interest. Now I know where the nickname "Green Tunnel" comes form. That being said, I did see two bears and a pretty tame deer. Hiking from north to south along this section of trail, there is a spring about 0.5 miles south of the wayside. Once up on the ridge, there are a couple nice tent sites, one about 1.6 miles and the other at 1.9 miles south. There is a very good spring 4.8 miles south of Elkwallow (~2.4 miles north of Pass Mountain Hut) with a tent site right nearby (just south of the spring). These are all what I would consider legal stealth sites in SNP, being far enough away from trail, water, roads, and structures. Pass Mountain Hut is typical for the park and the site hosts a spring, privy, bear box, and bear pole near the tenting area. There are two tenting areas. I used the one behind the Hut on the other side of the very good spring. Lots of through hikers (NOBO) staying there this weekend

    Kaptain Krunch completed Millers Head Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Kaptain Krunch reviewed Fort Windham Rocks

    over 1 year ago

    Quick little hike to the rocks, which are interesting enough. Much more interesting is the Columnar Jointing formation the other direction on the AT. I visited this peak just to bag it while I was finishing up a section hike to the edge of the park to see the kiosk.

    Kaptain Krunch completed Backbone Mountain

    over 1 year ago

    Kaptain Krunch saved Backbone Mountain

    over 1 year ago

    Kaptain Krunch completed Stony Man via Appalachian Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Kaptain Krunch updated Lamb's Knoll/White Rocks

    over 2 years ago

    Kaptain Krunch reviewed Lamb's Knoll/White Rocks

    over 2 years ago

    Decided to complete the section of the Appalachian Trail between Gathland State Park at Crampton Gap, South Mountain in Maryland to Rocky Run shelter near Boonsboro, Maryland. The total section distance was 5.4 miles. We hiked this as an in and out with some blue blaze for a total of 11 miles and one night at Rocky Run shelter. Gathland State Park is a beautiful park with public restrooms, piped water available in winter, and a picnic pavilion. There is a neat museum there and the War Correspondent’s Arch. Information about the park can be found here: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/western/gathland.aspx
    The trail starts north near the remnants of a large stone foundation and is marginally steep. Once up on the ridge, the trail is relatively flat until you reach Lamb’s Knoll, where there is a slight ascent up to the site of the old fire tower which has been torn down and replaced with a commercial tower that is not accessible to the public. As the AT passes to the south of the summit, a side trail that the maintainers try and keep covered with fallen limbs leads to the peak and the tower facilities. Also at the summit is a really neat “former” Federal military microwave communications facility and concrete tower, now used by the FAA.
    Some interesting history on the facility may be found here: http://blog.historian4hire.net/2010/07/15/coldwarsites/
    http://www.coldwar-c4i.net/Corkscrew/index.html

    The paved access road is used by bikers and hiker shortcut to Reno Monument Road. Nearby is a wonderful view from White Rocks.
    This time of year, the hike is very beautiful, with oodles of May Apples that look like Smurf umbrellas growing everywhere. Just past the peak, the trail winds down, crosses the access road, and then descends steeply and eventually meets with the Rocky Run Shelter side trail (blue blaze). The shelter is quite nice and fairly new. Down further by the water source which was very plentiful during this hike as well as last fall, there is the old shelter that is still functional. The privy at the new shelter is far better than the one at the old. Lots of space for tenting in this area. During our overnight, we met up with Flip Flop hiker “Travelin’ Tom”, who was very interesting to get to know, a die hard hippie from years gone by with a knack for playing the recorder. We also passed another Northbound flopper “shoelace” who was moving along at a quick pace.