by Janie & Wyatt Jones (Falcon Guides)
© 2004 Janie & Wyatt Jones/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Hiked Haw Creek Falls Rec area to Hurricane Creek. Trail was in good shape and well marked, but scenery was a bit mundane, as most of the trail is under a thick pine canopy. Also saw very little wildlife, likely due to time of year.
Started at White Rock Mountain and ended at Ozone campground 7 days later. A beautiful trail with some great panorama views atop the mountians. Most of the time in rich forested area with nice rock formations and waterfalls. Found plenty of good water but a filter is a must. Trekking poles helped a great deal. Late October is a bit too early to see the leaf color change, early November would be better. Plan on returning in early March to finish the trail.
Soooooooo much poison ivy! Other than that it was pleasant, but the poison ivy was unbelievabley thick.
Visited trail during early November, great time of year as leaves were at peak, weather was cool, and trail was not crowded as we saw noone actually on the OHT. There were some hunters out there which was a bit uneasy but we did not cross paths much.
As for the trail, we hiked the western section from White Rock Mtn to about Cherry Bend (13-14 mi RT) -because of the leaves on the ground, it made for some blind footing. The trail is mostly well marked but not clear in a few spots.
The trail was moderate to strenuous with a lot of elevation gains. Overall the scenery was great, but it did lack variety and landmarks. Starts to look the same.
View from WR MTN was Phenomenal. We had very hard time finding water as area had experienced very little rain.
I would recommend trekking poles, for balance and to assist with downhill areas especially.
Overall, good experience but i would like to try another section or another trail within western OHT>
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