Apr 30, 2021Irish Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest

Irish Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest – on the spur trail to the White’s Creek Trail. Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

I’ve been working most weekends for a while now, so I claimed a couple of days ‘Comp. Time’ for my four-day trip. I’d forgotten about Irish Wilderness until a friend asked if I’d visited. That started me researching. According to the write-ups I’ve read, it’s a difficult trail to follow. So the extra time might come in handy. Water is also an issue, there’s not supposed to be a lot on two of the longer sections of the trail. My plan is fairly simple, take the White’s Creek Trail counterclockwise starting with the North Loop.

  • Day One. Hike six to eight miles on the North Loop, stopping either at some stock ponds or if the water there looks iffy, carrying on to Bliss Spring. Eight miles with a midday start means I’ll need to move quickly, and I’m terribly out of condition. Should be fun!
  • Day Two. Hike four or so miles to the White’s Creek Eleven Point put-in, and camp somewhere near there.
  • Day Three. There’s rain all day in the forecast, so another short four miles or so and stop somewhere near Fiddler Spring.
  • Day Four. Hike out, another four or five miles, and the weather should be nice again.

Of course, plans change, and this one was no different, though I was blissfully ignorant of the fact at this point.

Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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