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Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast, Trail Guides / 25.08.2017

Trail Guide - Burntrock Ridge Trail No. 65A (1.72 miles) From Sassafras Creek Trail near Sassafras Falls to Big Snowbird Trail (64), this trail starts at a campsite alongside Sassafras Creek located about a tenth of a mile above Sassafras falls.  Find trail junction sign at the campsite and turn right onto Burntrock Ridge trail and proceed on a moderately steep climb toward a gap. The trail does not continue over the gap, rather it turns to the left and continues a moderately steep ascent up the ridge. The...

Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast, Trail Guides / 25.08.2017

Trail Guide - King Meadows Trail No. 63 (7.6 miles) The trail can be summarized in 3 sections. The first section 1.25 miles is a steep climb from Snowbird Creek. The next section is a typical single track following ridges and skirting peaks to Deep Gap. The final section from Deep Gap to a house near Hooper Bald generally follows ridges along logging roads and deeply rutted roads. Detailed Trail Description: From near Snowbird Creek, trail ascends steeply (Strenuous) in first 1.25 miles with a climb from elevation gain of 1000...

PCT Planning / 05.05.2017

In a sense, I have been planning to thru-hike the PCT for years. Now, I am at the stage of picking the year I will attempt this hike. I ain't gett'in any younger! Like high school graduates, thru-hikers talk about the PCT "class" they belong to. I was in the Milton High School class of 1978. Maybe 40 years later, I will be in the PCT class of 2018. Or could it be 2019, 2020, 2021, or even later? At some point I have to pick my retirement...

Articles, Going Solo / 01.05.2017

When hiking solo, you don't have the option of leaving one car at the destination trailhead. The easiest solution is to choose a loop hike or at least a loop that leaves you minimizing the trail distance you have to retrace. Look for "near loops" where you might be able to add a short road walk to complete the loop. Even better, use a bicycle for the road portion of the trip. I've often used a bicycle to complete a loop.  I have ridden on paved and unpaved roads....