Photos of Ashley National Forest Hiking Trails

2 months ago

We camped at Five-Point Lake the first night of a backpacking trip to King's Peak. The terrain was rocky with a good mix of open meadows and trees. We had streams and ponds the entire way. Mosquitoes got worse the higher we went. I heard a few bighting flies but none of us were ever bit by one. We all had good bug spray with DEET and still got mosquito bites. Tracked elevation gain was not a good measure of the steepness because there were significant gains and drops in elevation throughout the hike.
We stored our food and packs away from our tents because we had seen bear sign. Something did get into our trash during the night. We had curious deer wander through our camp multiple times. There was one other group camped at the lake that we could see. We passed two groups on the trail, a scout group who had summited King's Peak and a family group who was just camping and fishing all the stellar lakes.