31 Jan Solitary Experience – Snowbird Wilderness
How many days have you hiked without seeing another person? If not days, how many hours? On this January weekend, I hiked for 2 days through the Snowbird Wilderness Study Area without seeing another person. In fact, I didn’t see people or vehicles at the trailhead parking area. I didn’t even see people or vehicles along the 4 – 5 mile length of the one lane unpaved Forest Service Road 75 that leads to “Junction” the start of Snowbird Creek (Trail 64).
Post a comment and let us know the longest period of time you have gone without seeing another human. Where were you and how was the weather? Bad weather is a major factor that explains why you might be the only fool out in the woods.
I was off with clear skies and cold temps (26 degrees F). From the Big Snowbird Creek parking area the trail follows the creek upstream on an easily walked wide path (former railroad bed). Beyond Big Falls a nice footbridge crosses the rushing creek. When I was there, the flow of the creek was such that it could be crossed, but only with care and even then with difficulty. There is no rock hopping this creek. I avoided all crossings by taking the 64A trail.
The several trails that make up the small network of trails around Big Snowbird Creek and Sassafras Creek are practically, out and back trails. The trailhead at Junction has a large National Geographic map posted on a sign which shows several possibilities for loops leading back to Junction via the Kings MeadowTrail; however, I suspect that those loop routes are difficult if not impossible to find. I plan to return in order to explore loop possibilities. My first order of business will be to hike Kings Meadow trail the 7.9 miles up to 5400 foot Hooper Bald just off the Cherehola Parkway.
Link to Google Map Directions: Robbinsville, NC to Snowbird Trail Head
Turn by Turn Directions
From Robbinsville, NC just as you are entering town on Hwy 129 (coming from Topton, Andrews direction) turn right on East Main Street