This trip was a joy, and a joy for many reasons.
Trip details including map and elevation profile can be found below.
The crew was excited. It’s hard to contain the enthusiasm of 7 people who are all gathered to dominate a mountain.
The first day was a long, 6 mile climb to the top of what the locals call “Big Bald”. The trail was fairly direct with few switch backs, instead opting for the more aggressive straight up the mountain approach. The trees generously served up great summer shade in the late June heat. Smalls streams trickling from the rocks offered clean, glacier like water.
Upon indulging in the satisfying, sweaty victory over the roughly 5,500 foot mountain, you’re rewarding with a soft waiving grassland bald high above the valleys. The 360 view entangles with the breeze, cooling bodies and lifting spirits. Here, we camped. Big bald.
The falling sun brought rising moral with the sunsets and late evening mountain top dining. We gathered in a ring of tents and rested our tired, yet spirited bodies. Laughter and rowdiness made an easy chore of keeping away any potential critter activity we may have otherwise had.
The night sky chuckled with flashes of heat lightning, and fireflies returned with brilliant flashes, seemingly just in front of a twinkling night sky.
The next morning, the sunrise glistened across the dew kissed mountain tops. It was indescribable.
The day rounded out with a swift 6 mile downhill hike across the opposite side of the mountain, descending into the dark cool valleys. Along the way we happened across interesting rock formations, and various views across the valleys.
The trip was amazing. Beautiful views, and generous camping options. Plenty of water despite the hot conditions. Few other hikes joined us on this trail, which provided some much desired solitude. This trip, is highly recommended.