25 Oct Day 3 – Bartram – AT Loop
Wayah Shelter to trail side camp – 17.5 miles
I was up at 6:30 am and after oatmeal and nuts I was on the trail in the dark. Nice views from Wayah with a guide to show horizon with named mountains, distances, and compass bearings. Standing Indian was the easiest to pick out.
It had been a warm and muggy night and the day was hot and humid.
The trail past Applehouse Group Camping followed the bank of the Nantahala. The trail meandered through thick dog hobble, briers, and rhododendron. I watched with envy as an occasional truck passed on a gravel road that followed the opposite river bank. Rather than fight the undergrowth, it would be an easy matter to cross the tricke that was the river after Duke Power had diverted it and walk with ease. It was a relief when the trail left the river.
Hiked On – Sunday, October 25, 2015