Sunday, August 09, 2009
Tea Creek Backpack
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Tea Creek Backpack
Williams River Valley Video
Monday, August 03, 2009
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Canaan Mountain Backpack, WV
Hyker at midatlantichikes.com. We started at the Blackwater State Park lodge parking lot, and stayed the first night in a hiking shelter located on the Railroad Grade trail. The view from Table Rock Overlook was very nice, well worth the extra couple of miles it added to the trip. We decided, due to the weather, to hike back to the shelter located at the conjunction of Plantation and Davis trails for the second night. The last day was a short 3 mile hike back to the lodge via Davis and Yellow Birch trail. Overall, the was an easy hike. Plantation trail is flat and straight as an arrow. The only portion that I did not enjoy was the time spent on CLR13, a gravel forest road, full of bear hunters, their pickup trucks, and their dogs. We did not see any other hikers on the trail the entire trip. After returning to the lodge, we drove out to Lindy Point and made the short hike out to the overlook, which offers a fantastic view of the Blackwater Canyon.
High Falls of the Cheat River, WV
Trailhead, located 4 miles south of the small community of Glady, on Forest Road 44. After crossing the foot bridge over the West Fork of the Glady, we began ascending Shavers Mountain, passing through a large open field with the West Fork Rail Trail running through it. High Falls trail soon enters the woods as it quickly begins climbing Shavers Mt. via a series of switchbacks. The climb is not bad, and the trail is in good shape and well marked. Toward the top of the mountain the trail passes through a lush forest of ferns before finally meeting up with Allegheny Trail in a saddle at the top. We stayed on the High Falls trail and began the descent down into the Shavers Fork of the Cheat river valley. This portion of the trail was rocky in places, and toward the top we were able to pick our share of blackberries. At the bottom, we finally came to the Cheat river, turning north on the railroad tracks and followed them down stream for 1/2 mile to the High Falls. There's a train depot located here so that those who are unwilling to make the trek over the mountain can also experience the beauty of the falls via the Cheat Mountain Salamander passenger train. The falls are nice, but there wasn't much water flowing over them during our visit. It was also very busy, with quite a few campers and some fishermen in the area. We returned to our vehicle using the same route. Overall, it was approximately 5 miles round trip. A nice day hike. The bottom photo is taken from the Gaudineer Scenic Area off of route 250, a few miles west of Durbin.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Otter Creek: North West Loop Backpack
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Seneca Creek Backcountry: Allegheny Mountain-Seneca Creek Loop
We spent 2 days and 1 night on the Allegheny Mountain-Seneca Creek Loop, described by Mr. Hyker at MidAtlanticHikes.com. It was very cold Saturday night, down into the 30's. Even so, I believe everyone had a good time. My parents are excited about going again sometime soon. We camped near the base of the falls, and on Sunday we hiked out following Seneca creek. Along the way, we ran into a party of approximately a dozen people on horses, but we didn't see too many fearless campers such as ourselves, willing to brave the cold weather. It was great! Overall, we hiked approximately 12.5 miles.
Shenandoah National Park: Pocosin-South River Falls Circuit
In August we went car camping in the Shenandoah National Park of Virginia. We spent 2 nights tent camping at the Lewis Campground. We went on a day hike, following the Pocosin-South River Falls Circuit described by Mr. Hyker at MidAtalanticHikes.com . This was a moderate 10.3 mile hike, with only one steep part climbing out of the South River. Even this part of the hike wasn't too difficult, as shown by the numerous people we passed along the trail with nothing on but sandals and some even wearing jeans. It was a very hot and humid day, yet most of these "Sunday Hikers" coming from the South River Picnic area down to view the falls did not even have a bottle of water with them. The last 3 miles of the hike was on the Appalachian Trail. We were very surprised at how well maintained and easy the AT is through the park.
The hike was uneventful, except for me almost stepping on a Copperhead Snake (see picture). It happened as we arrived at the pool below the South River falls. I was in the process of lowering my foot when luckily it moved. If I hadn't seen the movement, I would've surely stepped on it.
Cranberry Wilderness: Big Beechy / Middle Fork Loop
It's been over a year since my last post. SORRY. We haven't been sitting around, but instead we have traveled quite a bit. We've been to Niagara falls, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, & Croatia. I will post some pictures of these trips soon.
In July we hiked in the Cranberry Wilderness again. We spent 3 days and 2 nights backpacking the Big Beechy / Middle Fork loop. The first day was spent hiking the Big Beechy trail and then camping at the confluence of Big Beechy with the Middle Fork river. The second day we left our gear at the campsite and hiked west on the Middle Fork trail down to the 3 forks of the Williams river, and returned the same route. The third day we hiked east on the Middle Fork trail, back to our vehicle. Round trip, including the out and back day hike, it was approximately 22 miles.
We had a great time, and the campsite along the Big Beechy was excellent. I took a VERY COLD swim in the hole below the water falls. Not really a good idea, but I had to do it.
The trail description and map of this hike can be found at MidAtlanticHikes.com