Current River Oct. 23, 2010 Pics added 3/10/11

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Current River Oct. 23, 2010 Pics added 3/10/11

Postby mike » Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:56 pm

Saturday 23rd 2010 9:00AM arrived at the Powder Mill trail head. Strapped on my pack and hit the trail. The weather forecast was a bit on the threatening side but turned out to be a pleasant weekend. The fall colors were getting close to peak. I’d say by next weekend they should be there.

Couple miles down the trail something off the trail a few feet caught my attention. It turned out to be an armadillo rooting around. I walked over for a closer look and it raised its head and gave me a look. First time I’ve seen one up close that wasn’t road kill.

I knew it was extremely dry and all the creeks really showed it. This was the first time I had been on this section that I didn’t have to take my boots off to cross Indian Creek and Rocky Creek. The way the wind was blowing Saturday I was certainly hoping no one was careless with their camp fire. The area is definitely a tinderbox.

Made a stop at Klepzig Mill and ate some lunch. Always a nice place to stop and take in some scenery.

After a short break it was time to hit the trail again. I made it to the top of Stegall mountain around 3:00PM. My intentions were to make camp there but decided since it was so early I would trek back down to Rocky Falls. I did take a break and enjoy the views. It is a really cool spot with great views and interesting rocks, pink granite I think.

When I made it back down to Rocky Falls I had selfishly hoped the primary campsite close to the falls would be available but there were some folks already there. I back tracked a bit to another nice spot and setup camp. Once I had camp setup I went on to the falls and filtered some water then proceeded to cool off a bit in the pool at the foot of the falls, very refreshing.

The gnats had been annoying pretty much all day but when the wind died down a bit they became downright treacherous. As soon as I had finished dinner I had had enough of the pesky critters and hit the sack. The sky cleared shortly after dark with a bright moon rising that lit up the woods. Wonderful quiet night, slept like a baby.

Got up with the sun on Sunday, fixed some coffee and ate some breakfast. It had been a very dry night, no dew or moisture on anything, very unusual. Packed up and hit the trail again a little after 8:00AM. Stopped a few times on the way back to Powder Mill to take in some views. When I was about ¼ mile south of highway 106 I had a huge buck dart onto the trail about 50 feet in front of me, like to have given me a heart attack. He was really moving on so I may have scared him too.

Got back to the truck a little before 1:00PM and was wishing I had added a few miles to my trek. Over all the trail in the section I traveled was in good shape and well blazed. I saw more hikers on the trail this weekend than I have seen before which is good in my opinion. Thanks to all that maintain the trail, you’re doing a great job!

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Armadillo rooting around

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Wild Horses Look Close

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Rocky Creek

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Rocky Falls

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Campsite near Rocky Falls

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Trail Marker at Rocky Falls spur trail

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Carins on top of Stegall Mountain

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View from top of Stegall Mountain
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Re: Current River Oct. 23, 2010 Pics added 3/10/11

Postby mike » Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:34 pm

Pics added 3/10/11
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