Hercules Glades Wilderness

We first visited Hercules Glades Wilderness on December 18, 2010. Our first hike here was organized by the Springfield Nature Center. We returned on December 29 for our first ever backpacking trip. Since then, Hercules Glades has been a regular backpacking destination.

Hercules Glades Wilderness. Pilot Trail, Around a quarter mile east of Lower Pilot Knob. And some end of trip notes. Two-minute read

Day Three – Another lazy selfie, and I pick up some trash. +1

Hammock ridge line holster mount — When I first saw the Alien Gear ShapeShift holster system, I thought it would be great for backpacking. When I bought my Sig Sauer P938, I checked the Alien Gear website and was very pleased to see that there was a holster for it. +1

A brilliant sunset and I’m in the wrong place to see it – My cell phone camera was not up to the job of capturing it.

Hammock Camping — August 2022 – Camped by ‘Deep Hollow’ I lent Ginger my summer tarp, leaving me with my winter tarp.

Hammock camping in the woods – Yup, just my chair, my hammock, and a load of trees. (We’ll not mention all the ticks and chiggers).

Looking up ‘Deep Hollow’ – Not a lot of water. The main spring comes out from under the grass middle right of the frame. There was nothing running now though. I was glad to find the small pool that I did.

Looking down ‘Deep Hollow’ – The springs and creek were dry. I found a small pool with a few gallons of clean-looking water in it. The bathing pool was completely dry, which surprised me.

Day Two — Camped back above ‘Deep Hollow’ – preceded by setting up camp on Day One, getting water and an overnight storm. Two-minute read

Hercules Glades scenic overlook – I took a quick detour to check out the view. It was looking a lot greener than when I was last here in April.

Back at the Pole Hollow Trail junction cairn (and few ‘selfies’ taken on the trail). +3

Waiting for our return – some slightly cooler weather has enticed us out for a couple of days. Strangely, there was only one other vehicle parked at the trailhead. Tower Trailhead, Hercules Glades Wilderness.

Three days backpacking in Hercules Glades, August 2022. Trip write-up: Six-minute read, +20

Day Three – Trail Buddies and the end of the trip – It had been a good night, but I woke up feeling very unsettled and a quick check of my pulse confirmed what I thought. I was in AFIB again. One-minute read, +1

Mini campfire – I left a full fuel bottle with Ginger, and while I had enough alcohol for dinner and breakfast, I decided to save fuel and get out my Nano Firebox.

Bath time — I’m looking pleased with myself. That’s probably because I have warmed up after my wilderness bath.

Bathing Pool in ‘Deep Hollow’ — It looks very inviting, but the water was cold!

Bathing Pool in ‘Deep Hollow.’

Inaccessible — Well, almost inaccessible. Looking downstream from the Bathing Pool in ‘Deep Hollow.’

Meanwhile, back at basecamp – While I’m off hiking Ginger’s enjoying her spot in the woods.

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