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.

Day 3 – 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.

Day 2 – Back at the Pole Hollow cairn – Here I am, back at the Pole Hollow cairn in Hercules Glades, but this trip is a little bit different.

Hike Over – Now to get back to Springfield and pick up a rental car and drive to Kansas City this afternoon.

‘That’ cairn. Hercules Glades, Cairn at the junction of the Pilot and Pole Hollow trails (and a selfie). +1

Wet trail conditions.

Pilot (Tower) Trail – the trail was a little wet.

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

Day two. Camped at ‘Deep Hollow’ – 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.

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