Upper Creek Falls

January 7, 2018 Being in the southern mountains, we are adaptive to cold winters, but not like this the past week: nine days below freezing, -15 & -20 windchills, snow and absolute misery. As soon as the weather broke (and by that I mean it was above 10 degrees) I headed out to the trail. … More Upper Creek Falls

MSR TrailShot Review: or why I switched from the Sawyer Mini

I used a Sawyer or Sawyer Mini Filter for years, 4 years to be exact. If there is an en vogue items for thru-hikers or lightweight minded souls, it is the mini. It filters, it’s lightweight, it works and you never have to replace it sans unclogging it from time to time. From day-hikes to … More MSR TrailShot Review: or why I switched from the Sawyer Mini

Shut-In Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Buck Spring Gap to French Broad River

November 16, 2017 I envisioned the end of the Pisgah 400 in just this manner. In lieu of finishing a small trail in the middle of the forest, I wanted to hike out of Pisgah. The closest to that would be the Shut-In Trail. It winds along the spine of the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) … More Shut-In Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Buck Spring Gap to French Broad River

Buck Spring Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Pigeon Gap to Buck Spring Gap

November 11, 2017 The home-stretch is upon the Pisgah 400. Originally, I thought of doing 28 miles and finishing the challenge in a crazy blaze of glory. As I reflected on that idea, I realized that is not how I have hiked over the past 2 years. I’ve taken my time, enjoyed the trails, savored … More Buck Spring Trail/Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Pigeon Gap to Buck Spring Gap

Fork Mountain Trail

November 9, 2017 Hiking in Shining Rock Wilderness is always an interesting endeavor. The terrain isn’t terribly difficult compared to the Black Mountain Crest or Grandfather Mountain, but the sheer solitude coupled with the lack of blazes makes orienteering a necessity. According to internet searches, I found only three other bloggers that have posted about … More Fork Mountain Trail

Riverside Trail

November 8, 2017 This was the last hike in the South Mills River area of the Pisgah Ranger District. I’ve saved it for last, as I did not want to hike it in the summer. Known for being a breeding ground for copperheads, the trail meanders for 3.5 miles besides the South Mills and Bradley … More Riverside Trail

Bradley Creek Trail

November 5, 2017 Bradley Creek Trail is fun. An out-and-back from Turkey Pen Gap covers 12 miles and 28 creek crossings (the 14 crossings are pictured below). Fall foliage was in its late season splendor as orange and red danced brilliantly in the sun from the canopy of the forest. Surprisingly, the water was not … More Bradley Creek Trail