Hercules Glades Wilderness

Day Three, and the start of the spring turkey hunting season – All ready to hit the trail again at ‘Twin Falls Hollow’

Camped at ‘Deep Hollow’ – Day two. It rained through most of the night and into the morning. +3

Looking down ‘Spring Hollow’ – A new (for me) Scenic Overlook. +1

Ready for the day’s hike – Midday, and just about to leave ‘Twin Falls Hollow.’

Trip over, back at the trailhead, and a very modest 14 miles hiked with 962 ft. of elevation gain.

Twin Falls – One of my favorite, out-of-the-way places at Hercules Glades Wilderness. +1

Checking out the rain – Apparently, the trees I’ve been using have a dip between them, which proceeded to fill with water, The ground on the downhill side was very soggy. Two-minute read, +4

Forest Road – They can sometimes be difficult to find and see. This one is not as clear where it meets the trail.

Small falls in ‘Deep Hollow’ +1

Gary Camped to the north of ‘Deep Hollow’ Hercules Glades.

Day Two. The view from my hammock – Morning sunshine in the woods. One-minute read, +1

On the Pilot (Tower) Trail to the north of the Lower Pilot Knob. Cheesy grin indeed. What I didn’t realize then was that in a couple of hundred yards I’d walk straight past the old forest road I take to get to my ‘Deep Hollow’ campsite. I obviously realized my hat was in need of some TLC. It’s looking a whole lot better now. Two-minute read

Looking back (east) along the Pilot Trail – This section of the trail doesn’t get a huge amount of traffic, and as you can see, the trail is not that easy to spot. It’s there though, winding between the brush on the right of the frame.

Distant Hills – The view to the northeast from the Pilot (Tower) Trail, near Lower Pilot Knob.

Day One. Back on the trail – My first trip out since November – maybe that’s why my hat is looking a little neglected. Two-minute read, +2

Back at the trailhead – Trip over, and a modest 19.15 miles hiked and 2,000 ft. of elevation climbed. Time for a shower and a beard trim! And, of course, some end of trip thoughts. Two-minute read

Another backpacking fashion show – Not. Here I am all packed up, ready to head back to the trailhead and showing off what the well-dressed backpacker is wearing nowadays. One-minute read

Reptilian – I don’t know what this type of rock is called, but it is very reptilian in appearance.

Day Four. Camped in open oak woodland – It was the warmest night so far, so a good night not to have set the tarp. +3

Four-thirty and it’s starting to get dark – it’s a problem with camping in hollows- The sun is still catching the top of the hill opposite. There’s rain in the forecast for tomorrow, but I decided not to set my tarp tonight. I wanted to fall asleep enjoying the stars from the comfort of my hammock. I love that chair, but it is one of the most dangerous pieces of gear I own… Two-minute read, +1

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