11 months ago

A group of my friends, our 8-10 year old kids and I backpacked the North wilderness last weekend. We started at the Laurel Fork Campground. It was a beautiful place. The trail is overgrown but generally passable. We averaged 1 mile per hour (due in part to lots of breaks for the kids and the overgrown trail). If you lose the trail in the Meadows/Fields, just look for the carins; they mark the trail pretty well.

Be aware, there is very little camping in the North wilderness. We found a nice spot at about 7 miles on the trail. There were several nice spots at 8-9 miles (after the big meadow).

If you are looking for solitude, this is your place. If you are looking for views, this is not your place.