May 27, 2019Another Overhang Campsite and my Home for the Night

Overhange Campsite – Exploring further along Long Creek I found another, much less used (and more to my liking), campsite under a large overhang. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

The trail leading west from the campsite under the overhang came to an abrupt end at a very rocky ravine. I decided that if the trail continued on the other side of the ravine, it would do so a fair way up it. I hiked up over the very large boulders. It was difficult going and I quickly decided that it was an unlikely route for the trail.

Getting back to Long Creek, I concluded that the only logical route was straight down the creek; a bit of water hiking was in order.

I was surprised that I’d not seen or heard a single person so far and this was Memorial Day, which I was expecting to be busy as the area near The Falls draws quite a crowd. The creek didn’t look to be too deep, but I figured with no one around if it got too deep I could always strip off to keep my clothes dry.

It was just as well the creek wasn’t too deep and I didn’t strip off, as five minutes later I bumped into John — the only person I was to see on this trip — hiking up the creek. We exchanged pleasantries, and he told me he had a hammock set up a short distance downstream.

We were probably the only people in the entire wilderness, and we’d both turned up at the same spot.

I carried on hiking down the creek past where he said he’d set up his hammock. I had just worked my way around the edge of a big deep pool when I spotted what looked like another overhang behind the trees. And so it was. This was a much more primitive spot. Tucked under the overhang there was a fire ring and a small stone stool, nothing fancy. Scouting around I found what looked like a trail coming in from the west, so that might be another way to get to this spot. I’ll have to check that out another time.

Camped for the night. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
Hidden overhang – it could be easy to miss this spot if you are not paying attention. Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
Copyright © 2019 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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