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2018 Hiking Log

My 2018 Hiking Goal is 450 miles! Most of my hikes are in and near western North Carolina with a few iconic hikes while traveling. Follow my progress.

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Roadtrip 2017 – Al’s Oasis

Oacoma, South Dakota – Al’s Oasis Al’s Oasis is located in Oacoma, SD.

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Flat Laurel Creek

Flat Laurel Creek, Art Loeb and MTS Trail Loop

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Mt. Pisgah

Mother’s Day on Mt. Pisgah

We hiked up Mt. Pisgah for Mother’s Day.  It was a sunny day and beautiful, but a bit hazy in the distance from the top.    

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Surprising Flowers

I have probably hiked up Mt. Pisgah trail close to 100 times in my lifetime. Never have I seen the variety of wild flowers that I saw today. I had never seen trillium there before. It is so short lived, that I guess I’ve just never timed it right. Hawthorne was blooming and it usually blooms later. Bluets were everywhere …

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Mt. Pisgah

Another great day hiking up the Mt. Pisgah trail. I passed about 10 people and 1 really big dog. The sun was shining until I got to the top and the clouds had begun to move it. The air was really hazy from the pollen and fire smoke. The rain will be welcome later this afternoon when it gets here.

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April 17, 2017

Sam’s Knob From Asheville, follow the Blue Ridge Parkway south for 26.5 miles past the NC 191 Parkway access. Turn right on FR 816 (Black Balsam Road) just past milepost 420; a sign reads “Black Balsam”. Follow this road to the end at the parking area. The parking lot gets crowded quickly on weekends, so plan to arrive early if …

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Middle Prong Wilderness

Middle Prong Wanderings

 

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Pisgah Inn Hitching Post

April 9, 2017

We were staying at the Inn and wanted to do a small little walk after breakfast. We weren’t in the market for a strenuous hike, and this trail gives the advantage of being able to bite off little bits without and a really big commitment. We started at the hitching post and walked nearly a mile down Buck Springs trail …

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First Blooms at Rumbling Bald

The past 3 weeks has been unusually warm for February and March.  I have been traveling, so this was the first day I’ve been outside in over a week. The trail at Rumbling Bald in Lake Lure, NC is under 3000′ above sea level, when flowers sprout in western North Carolina, this is where they start. Parts of the trail where …

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Frying Pan Fire Tower

Frying Pan Mtn. Fire Tower

This is a very simple hike. I parked on the parkway by the road that leads to the fire tower. There is a barricade there that keeps unauthorized vehicles on this road. For this hike, you just walk up the road to the fire tower and back down. It is a gentle rise of only 387 feet in .8 miles. …

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