Before the Rangers decided to confuse everyone and rename the trails at Hercules Glades, the eastern trail between Devil’s Den and Long Creek was called Rock Spring Trail. I’d known there was a spring here as the guide on an MDC hike around Hercules Glades took us here in December 2010. But I’d not been paying close attention, so I wasn’t sure where it was. After a long while studying the topo maps I realized that most of the stock ponds were on the same contour line, which meant that there was a good chance that the spring was on the contour line too. By following the contour line we first ‘re-discovered’ the spring in 2012 while backpacking with Lanie.
On this visit I followed the same procedure. I just headed west off of the trail when the GPS said I was on the right contour line, and sure enough there it was.Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.