It took me a little over an hour to get from Long Creek Falls to this open ridgeline on Pole Hollow. I encountered another five people on the trail, well sort of. Two were on horseback, and just joining the trail as I went past, and the other three I’d seen earlier, were very slow-moving, and when I encountered them they were obviously lost. In the loud way (it seems) only Americans, can manage, I clearly heard them realize they were not on the trail and debate about what to do about it. I left them to it, as I didn’t want them in front of me slowing me down.
Once on the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail, I managed to find where the trail climbs out of the hollow for a change. The trail was very obvious and it’s a mystery how I’ve managed to miss it in the past. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A five minutes hike from here took me back to the Pole Hollow cairn, only approaching it from the south this time, and back on the Pilot (Tower) Trail, heading east towards the trailhead and my camp for the night in Pees Hollow.
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