It rained Friday and Saturday, but luckily I got one good weather day out of my three day weekend. Besides the rainy weather forced me to complete a project I'd been tasked with by Noelle, to take the sliding glass doors off the bathtub. Anyway, I woke up early this morning and gathered up the pack I had packed yesterday. I made it out onto the road just after 6:30. I would be headed over into North Carolina and the foothills of the mighty Black Range; the highest range of peaks in the eastern United States.
The drive was uneventful, but it did take a little bit longer than I had anticipated. I reached the northern trailhead for the Big Butt Trail at about 8:30 after eating a quick breakfast in the car.
there was a "manway" that led to it from the Big Butt Trail. One description I had read online said that it was a tough bushwhack, but I found it to be practically a maintained trail with little brush to contend with. I soon found myself on the summit where I found the benchmark
From the summit of Big Butt I retraced my steps on the "manway" back to the officially maintained trail. Along the way I passed through an area where fog must have condensed and then frozen to the trees
To my surprise my ascent to the summit of Blackstock Knob was now turning into a descent. I made my way down into a gap and back up to the summit of Little Butt. There was a rocky outcropping near the summit that offered views to the Black Range.
After finishing my snack of mixed nuts and prunes, I hit the trail again. Now I would be hiking on a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The elevation was quite high and the dusting of snow got a little bit thicker.
The hike back to the car was rough. This was the longest hike I had done in a long time and my body is just not accustomed to hiking these distances anymore. There was a lot more ascent to my return trip than I remembered there being including one really long section of stairs.