I had originally wanted to hike the trail up to the Pinnacle Fire Tower on Buffalo Mountain today, but drizzle and a forecast of snow showers led me to believe I wouldn't get any views from the tower and I decided to leave that hike for a clearer day. Instead I made the drive over to Clark's Creek for a hike on the Iron Furnace Trail. I started my hike at the wide gravel parking area near the first road crossing of Clark's Creek.
Here is a link to an image of it. I explored the furnace a bit and then made my way over to the Iron Furnace Trail.
Immediately I found a sign declaring that the trail was closed.
While this was the only section of trail where the microspikes were absolutely necessary, I decided to keep them on to make traversing the mud and slippery leaves easier. The trail followed the creek bed for a short distance and then became a well-defined old road. This road was apparently the route used by the furnace operators to transport resources to the furnace from nearby Bumpas Cove. While the road was well-defined, it was a bit difficult to traverse due to the many trees that had fallen over the trail.
The tree mortality in the area is likely due to a forest fire that happened here back in 2007.
The trail climbed to a ridge and followed it for a bit, offering nice views of the snow covered peaks in the higher elevations.
Soon I was headed back down the trail to the car. The downhill hike was fast, and before I knew it I was back to the car and on my way home.