Oct 24, 2020Fall at the far end of the Pilot Trail

Fall at the far end of the Pilot Trail – On a whim, I changed my plans and decided to venture into uncharted territory and hike down to the end of the trail. Hercules Glades Wilderness – Day Two. Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
Fall at the far end of the Pilot Trail – On a whim, I changed my plans and decided to venture into uncharted territory and hike down to the end of the trail. Hercules Glades Wilderness – Day Two. Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Around 12:30 p.m., I arrived at the point where I would have to start bushwhacking to the north of the bluffs. Thinking about it, I changed my mind. I had arrived earlier than I expected, and I decided to hike the Pilot Trail down to its end. It’s something I’ve never done. I knew the trail stopped at a boundary with some private property. But there’s also a point nearby where the wilderness meets Beaver Creek. I reckoned I could get down to the creek there instead and camp for the night. It would involve a lot of bushwhacking, but I had plenty of time.

I took these pictures about fifteen minutes later, further down the Pilot Trail. The green grass suggests there’s plenty of water here–just not on the surface.

Copyright © 2020 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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