February 17, 2017
I can’t say I’ve seen stranger weather. In mid-February, the temperature was in the low 70’s, the sun shone, bees flittered about in apparent confusion and blossoms began to sprout from the ground. I may not like climate change, but I sure wasn’t going to be sitting at a desk on a day like today.
I continue to hike the Pisgah 400 trails, with only 100 left till completion. The North Mills River Recreation Area is better know to mountain bikers, but to a hiker seeking solitude, it has much to offer.
I hiked a giant 16 mile loop and crossed three trails off my list: Wash Creek Trail, Trace Ridge Trail and Spencer Gap Trail. For those prospectively hiking this trail, a word of caution: Don’t use the National Geographic map. It is incorrect, has wrong mileages and creates endless confusion. The Western North Carolina Trail Guide is more detailed and accurate.
I thoroughly enjoyed Spencer Gap with its lush foliage, mica infused trails, and many creek crossings.
Total mileage is 16.18 miles.