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Appalachian Trail Trip (pic's)


220Woody and I did a weekend hike on the Appalachian Trail this past weekend. My wife dropped us off at our starting point Friday afternoon and we left Woodys vehicle at the end point.



Start: Bake Oven Knob, Friday afternoon 1:35pm




About a half hour into our hike (about 1.5 miles) we came to "Bear Rocks".





We climbed part way up before dropped packs.



Then climbed to the top, nice 360-degree veiws.









Did a little exploring and found some small caves.



View looking in...



View looking out...



We climbed down and got back on the trail.



After about 3/4 of a mile we came to "The Knife Edge" (also know as "the cliffs"), it has a nice view to the south.







We crossed the knife edge and continued on another 2 or 2.5 miles to a small campsite (4:30pm) and set up camp for the night. It was cold and windy so we set up a tarp and poncho as a wind block. It was in the low 30's that night but we stayed pretty warm. Here are a couple pic's of Friday nights camp.





Got up Saturday morning made breakfast and broke camp. I think we hit the trail around 9:30am.
Crossed the Blue Mountain Summit (Rt309) and talked to a few hunters. Passed by this rock pile, not sure if this has any meaning but pretty neat.



Around 1pm we stopped at the Allentown Shelter for lunch.



Then continued on some very rocky portions of the trail. We saw some big rock piles.



Passed through "Dan's Pulpit".





Stopped to make camp around 5pm (hiked about 9.5 miles).
Was a little chilly but not as bad as the night before.

Saturday's camp





My view of the fire ring from my bed.



Had a short 2.5 mile hike out to our finish point, Hawk Mt. Road Sunday morning. Hit the trail around 9:30am and was out at the vehicle by 11am.



Saw a pretty nice buck dead along the trail Sunday morning not far from Hawk Mt. Road, nice 7 point.


It was a fun trip and we are planning on doing another section next month. We're thinking the Delaware Water Gap area.

Thanks for looking.

"Now that you brought that up hang onto your paddle, and if ya hit any rocks don't hit em with ya head" Lewis
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Looks like a good outing.I camped in colton point wellsboro 2 weeks ago it was cold.What is your sleeping bag rated for? Just curious I may need a better one for next colder weather trip. Did you rely on any heat from fire for overnite , or just your sleeping bag,I see you had no tent.
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The bag I had on this hike was my Eureka Casper, its a 15 degree bag. Not sure what Woodys bag is rated but he wrapped a space blanket around his bag.
We did have a tent with us and used it the first night. Not sure what it got down to overnight, they were calling for a low of 32*, when we woke up Saturday morning the thermometer on my watch said 42* inside the tent.
The second night we did use the fire for heat (no tent) and it was too hot, had to unzip the bag. Even when I woke up in the middle of the night and the fire was out I was still nice and warm.

Me my wife and our 4 kids went the weekend before and the low was in the mid to high 30's. I used my 20* bag, my wife used the 15* casper, our oldest daughter used my older down mummy bag and the 3 smaller kids used their Eureka kid sized 30* mummy bags. The 3 older kids slept in a tent and the youngest (3 years old) slept in a tent with me and my wife. We all used closed cell foam pads and everyone said the were nice and warm.

Use a good bag and ground pad, change or take off any damp soxs/clothes and you'll be good.

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Looks like a blast, guys. Also looks like Woody took quite a bit more with him then you!

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Nice pics. Hiked the same section of trail many of times. The rocks are always neat to explore.
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I live 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile off the base of the mountain for 40 years now. Never walked the trail or been to the Bake Oven Rocks. It seems we don't appreciate what we have in our own neigborhoods.

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Great views, thanks for sharing the adventure.

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Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great trip. The delaware water gap area is very nice as well. Stay at the backpackers shelter at the church in the water gap and take in some Jazz and brew at the deershead Inn. Enjoy, Keystonepaul
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Really enjoyed your post. Looked like a great time.
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Enjoyed your post great photos and narative
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