by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)
© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Second time doing this hike. Did it on a early Saturday afternoon in December. Temperature was in the mid 40's and very foggy. I started the hike at the lake off Rte 688. Must be some good fishing at the lake. There was plenty of people there fishing. As for the hike I did not see anyone on the trail the whole time. That is one reason I like it, usually no one around. I do recommend this hike, but not for kids. Can get rocky and slippy at times. Not alot of scenery, but it is very quiet.
Well this was a great time and place to see native wildflowers, especially the rare trillium which cover the woods. Though the trillium are the main show here, there are plenty of other wildflowers in bloom including yellow & common violets, and wild geraniums. I'll probably try to get to this place next year about 2 -3 weeks earlier to see all the bloodroot and hepatica in bloom. In a few weeks the columbine will be in bloom.
I kept this hike very simple. I just parked at station 6 and walked to the AT. Took the AT North and then retraced my steps back for a total of 6 miles. There is about 1000ft change in elevation. I started at just over 2000ft and came down at one point to 990ft.
What a gorgeous trail system! The Appalachian trail runs through here -- we saw through hikers who had been marching north for two months. We also saw an amazing selection of wildflowers. The trails are pretty wet, soft. Not a lot of standing water, though, and some sections are very rocky. Probably not ideal for mountain biking, but perfect for a moderately hilly short hike. We camped at one of the parking areas -- very primative, but nice.
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