Cohos Trail Day 13, Deer Mountain Campground to Canada

Spoon had arrived shortly after I’d gone to bed but I couldn’t hear it over the neighbors.  I got out of my tent this morning to find him already making wonderful breakfast sandwiches for us.  It was actually an appropriately cold morning for the time of year so hot breakfast was extra awesome. We took… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 12, Neil Tillotson Hut to Deer Mountain Campground

It was actually slightly chilly this morning, the first time on this whole trip.  I hated to leave Tillotson but it felt good to start hiking. We reached Route 3 in short order and crossed over it to the Bog Bridge Trail, named for the 800′ bog bridge there that is believed to be the… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 11, Lake Francis to Neil Tillotson Hut

It was a beautiful morning on the lake.  After eating breakfast and packing up, we walked back down to the little trail we’d found to the beach and took it back to the Lake Francis Trail.  It was an easy, wide trail, only overgrown sometimes, and we made great time to the top of Lake… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 10, Coleman State Park to Lake Francis

I slept wonderfully and woke up to read for a little bit in the early morning.  I could hear the loons on the pond again all morning. After eating breakfast, I went up to the bathhouse to see if any of my laundered clothes were dry.  Some of them were dry-ish but luckily there was… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 9, Baldhead Lean-to to Coleman State Park

It was so warm in the night that I got up to pee just as an excuse to get out of my sleeping bag and stand in the woods for ten minutes.  A mist blew in during the morning that made things feel cooler just because they were damp, and the trees were even dripping… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 8, Nash Stream to Baldhead Lean-to

We had to go back over the bridge this morning and we could see the hornets still flying around their side of it.  Although very paranoid, we went very slowly one at a time and no one got stung this time.  I was happy to be past it.  The stings were swelling even more today… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 7, Stark to Nash Stream

We all met on the porch in the morning to sort laundry and repack while Nancy was making breakfast.  And a delicious breakfast it was with scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, orange juice, potatoes, and sausage bread.  Nancy was an excellent cook and hostess and we really enjoyed our time at the inn.  She’s also very… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 6, Cabot Cabin to Stark

I woke up for a while in the night because it was so warm, even though a mist was coming in and soaking the half of my sleeping bag facing towards the outside of the porch.  I caught a few good glimpses of stars despite the mist. When it was morning, we packed up to… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 5, Jefferson to Cabot Cabin

It was another warm night and I was awoken in the middle of it by Chuckles whisper-yelling at an animal.  Apparently, a skunk was walking around and had walked right over Kyle in his bivy sack. I woke again later in the morning and we all had a leisurely breakfast before going back to the… Read more »

Cohos Trail Day 4, Mount Martha to Jefferson

We had briefly discussed yesterday that the sunrise would probably be great from Mount Martha but I’m never very good at getting up that early.  Luckily, I was already awake and reading when I heard someone else whisper “Sunrise!” so I got out of my tent to join the viewing party.  It was a pretty… Read more »

  • Snow

    Last night we could all see the mist coming into the shelter and feel little tiny drops on our faces so I thought to myself before sleeping that it was going to snow inside the shelter overnight once the temperature dropped and sure enough, we were all covered in snow this morning. I had been… Read more »

  • Mist

    Ken and Cindy fed us a great breakfast before dropping us back off at Hogpen Gap. It was raining again but just lightly and it stopped by noon. The whole day has been covered in mist though, you can see it over everything. I stopped for lunch at a shelter at noon that people were… Read more »

  • Inside again

    Am I cheating? Inside for the second night in a row. We hiked 6.9 miles over Levelland Mountain, Cowrock Mountain, and Wildcat Mountain. The rain was not nearly as bad as I was expecting. Really it only rained for an hour or two and by the time it got through the trees, it was very… Read more »

  • Trail Magic

    I had my first trail magic this morning. First of all the wind went away before getting in my tent last night, it didn’t rain or snow, and my water was unfrozen and drinkable, as opposed to the previous day where it took the whole day to thaw out. Then when I was walking out… Read more »

  • Lance Creek

    Did I say the wind was dying down last night? It must have just paused for the short moment it took me to write that sentence. That wind was whipping through all night. I was warm enough and my tent was in kind of an alcove so I didn’t get hit with the wind full… Read more »

  • Long day

    13 miles today, definitely not what I planned on doing this early in the trip. But I got to the first shelter at noon which was way too early to stop. I’ll be slowing down again over the next couple of days. There’s a five mile area coming up where bear canisters are required that… Read more »

  • Springer

    I haven’t been doing any conditioning lately so I told myself I was going to limit my mileage even if I was feeling good, and I had every intention of stopping at Springer Mountain shelter for the night. I somehow missed it though and am now at Stover Creek shelter. Oops. It was only another… Read more »

  • Amicalola Falls State Park

    I flew into Atlanta today and got picked up by Pilgrim, a hiker that does shuttles in the area. I had gotten his contact info from Wing-Heart at the Northern Ruck in January. (Thanks, Wing-Heart!) Pilgrim gave me all kinds of good advice on the way down, he had already picked up fuel for me,… Read more »

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