Once you get to the bottom of the ridge, there are two creek crossings before the climb up the other side of the hollow begins. The second (below) is where I stopped for lunch on my first hike around the Big Piney Trail. This time I didn’t want to waste any time stopping for lunch, so I carried straight on without a pause.
Coming down the last bit of the ridge trail I was overtaken by a group of riders, which would be of no consequence if it were not for the fact that I was going to meet the same group again on the trail tomorrow.
Climbing up out of the hollow I was overtaken by another four riders and their dog. A lot of hikers complain about the horses and how they cut up the trail. I don’t have any problem with them. Yes, they do churn up the trail, but they also keep a lot of otherwise less traveled trails open. And for that, I can forgive the occasional poor trail conditions. This particular group I was going to meet up with a few more times before I got to camp for the night. More on that later.
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