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.

Journal: Three days solo backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, January 2024

Journal: Three days solo backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, January 2024 — I’m off out for three days, blowing away the cobwebs and walking off some holiday season excesses. Trip write-up: Four-minute read, +9

At the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail Junction

At the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail Junction. 39°F and feeling a bit chilly with a slight head wind. Two nights, three days, and a modest 13 miles. That will do for my first run out of 2024. Time to go home and trim my beard. It has done its job!

Tucked up in my hammock

Day Three. Tucked up in my hammock. Deep Hollow, January 2024.

Heating water for dinner

Heating water for dinner — Using my Firebox Nano wood stove.

Hammock sunset

Hammock sunset — Camped above ‘Deep Hollow’ January 2024.

Just to prove that I was there

Just to prove that I was there.

View to the south from the slopes of Lower Pilot Knob – Hercules Glades Wilderness

View to the south from the slopes of Lower Pilot Knob – Hercules Glades Wilderness.

Camped on the side of ‘Twin Falls Hollow’

Camped on the side of ‘Twin Falls Hollow’ The start of Day Two of my trip.

Another year, same trail cairn

Day One. Another year, same trail cairn — I’m off out for three days, blowing away the cobwebs and walking off some holiday season excesses.

Journal: Three days hiking at Hercules Glades Wilderness, April 2023

Journal: Three days hiking at Hercules Glades Wilderness, April 2023. My original plan for the weekend was scrapped. With some time on my hands, I decided to head down to Hercules Gades for a couple of nights. Trip write-up: Eight-minute read, +24

Hike over, back at the trailhead

Back at the Trailhead — Two nights, 18.5 miles, and 1400 ft. of elevation. It took me a smidge under two hours to hike the four-and-something miles from ‘Cab Creek’ to the Tower Trailhead. One-minute read

Camped at ‘Cab Creek’

Camped at ‘Cab Creek’ — Finally, the sun is high enough to start warming things up. I went and sat in the sun on the other side of ‘Cab Creek’ and enjoyed the morning. +3

Day Three – tea in bed at ‘Cab Creek’.

Day Three – tea in bed at ‘Cab Creek’. Note the sun just rising above the edge of the hollow.

Rose Verbena (Rose Vervain)

Rose Verbena (Rose Vervain) — Bit of a nothing picture. At the time, though, I’d just finished hiking through a section of dense trees, and the colors in the sudden patch of sunlight really popped.

Pilot Trail

I’ve taken pictures here before also, but, again, each time the light, the vegetation and the trail are different.

Fire ring by the trail

Fire ring by the trail. Look at all the flowers! You might think the trail goes straight on. It doesn’t it runs to the left of the fire ring.

Pilot Trail

Pilot Trail — I’ve taken pictures here before, but each time the light, the vegetation and the trail are different.

Sig Sauer P938 Extreme, Alien Gear Shape Shift Holster, and a spare magazine

Sig Sauer P938 Extreme, Alien Gear Shape Shift Retention Holster, and a spare magazine — I could have sworn that magazine was full when I headed out.

Preparing and eating lunch

Preparing and eating lunch — time to have some lunch before getting on the trail. And finally the sun has come out! +1

Packing away

Packing away — It rained quite a lot last night and the drips were still falling from the trees, so I kept the tarp up while I packed everything away.

Lollygagging

Lollygagging — it was quite cold early in the morning, I was glad I bought my big puffy jacket and some base layer pants to wear.

Once again camped at ‘Deep Hollow’

Once again camped at ‘Deep Hollow’ and it is summer tarp and bug net time. +1

Day Two — Starts with a lazy morning

Day Two — Starts with a lazy morning — and a morning cuppa! Two-minute read, +1

Here’s where I leave the Pilot Trail

Here’s where I leave the Pilot Trail — Everything has gone green in the last few weeks. This is the point where the forest road I take to my ‘Deep Hollow’ campsite joins the Pilot Trail. Neither are that obvious from this viewpoint.

Trailside curiosities

Trailside curiosities: ATV Tracks and a marker sign has been attached to a new tree. +1