DISTANCE
18.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,119 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

backpacking
8 days ago

so, spider webs... i feel like its something worth noting because yes you are out in the woods so obviously you should expect spider webs. but its true there are a lot, at face level, and the webs are thick so you will notice each one. waving a long stick out in front of you helps, but if you dont want to march through the forrest looking like an outdoorsy wizard casting shitty spells with the worlds biggest wand, wear a mosquito mask and long sleeves.
also DONT DRINK THE WATER. even with a filter. due to the mining that went on in the area even a filter cant for sure get all the heavy metals out of the water. we did a water drop at the horse camp which is 11 miles into the hike and a decent place to stop and camp if you would prefer access to a toilet.
the hike is not for beginners. its long and hard and its easy to get turned around and end up on a horse trail if you arent paying attention to the trail markers.
outside of that if you are looking for a challenge to get you ready for something like the AT its got a good mix of terrains, altitudes, grades, and "you're on your own, so figure it out" frustrations to get your body and mind right. - John & Melissa