Backpacking 10-23-2020

Empty Parking Lot – The empty parking lot probably says more about the weather than I can.

Gary, back at the trailhead. Trip total, twenty-one miles and 2,000 ft. of elevation. I hiked a lot further this weekend than I expected.

Follow the trail – Nearly finished, just one last climb up to the trailhead left. Hercules Glades Wilderness – Day Three. 2 pictures

Another Gray Day.

Isolated – Some trail-side plants and I find some water. 2 pictures

Gary by the cab on the Pees Hollow Trail (October 2020) – A detour along the Pees Hollow Trail, lunch by ‘Cab Creek’ and another ‘Cab Selfie’ One-minute read

Camped in ‘Twin Falls Hollow’ – I’ve not camped in this spot for a while. Recently I’ve been bushwhacking further down the hollow where the sides are not quite so steep. But the views here are much nicer, and I like the little rock-shelf tables I can use as mini kitchen tables. 4 pictures

Cooking Breakfast – Using my Firebox Nano wood stove to heat water for my breakfast and morning cuppa. 2 pictures

When is a trail not a trail? When I think I’m on the trail and I’m not. At least I realized my error before I was too far off course. Two-minute read

Thwarted in the last few feet – I had hoped to get access to the creek here. The feeder-creek stopped some eight feet or so above the level of Beaver Creek. Two-minute read, 5 pictures

The gate at the end of the trail – It’s exactly what I imagined, but still a bit of a letdown. No pot of gold or welcoming streamers. I can, at least, say I’ve hiked the entire length of the Pilot (Tower) Trail now. 2 pictures

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. One-minute read, 2 pictures

Gary at the junction of the Pilot and Devil’s Den West Trails – I encountered the second and last person I met during my three-day sojourn at Hercules Glades, here at the junction of the Pilot and Devil’s Den West trails. One-minute read

Camped near ‘Twin Falls Creek’ October 2020 – The season has moved on a lot since I was here a month ago. Remember the teabag I left behind? It was sitting undisturbed on the small rock, where I left it. I packed it away with my trash before I forgot it again! Two-minute read, 2 pictures

Gary, beanie, puffy, and hammock & the unexpected problems of losing weight – On this trip I was trying out new backpacking clothing options, and while I was checking how well my choices were working, I was slow to make changes when things weren’t. And that was a problem. Three-minute read

View to the east – One thing I’ve learned is that little things that shouldn’t be in the wilderness are frequently signs that lead to interesting discoveries. One-minute read

Gary at the Pole Hollow Cairn, October 2020 – what can I say? It’s become a tradition to take a selfie here.

Fall color on the Pilot Trail – It’s Friday, it’s two-thirty in the afternoon, and I’m giving myself a well-earned break out in nature. Two-minute read, 2 pictures

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