This hike wasn't supposed to happen. I checked the forecast this morning and it called for a 100% chance of rain. I had resigned myself to a day of chores and lounging. Then, this afternoon as I was sitting at the computer, I saw sunlight filtering through the blinds in the spare bedroom and decided that I would risk the still mostly cloudy skies and head out for a hike. Since it was already late, it would have to be something close to home. A glance at the map revealed an intriguing trail called Phillips Hollow near Margarette Falls. This would be my intended destination.
The sun did not last long and I made the drive to the trailhead in a light drizzle. By the time I hit the trail the rain had pretty much stopped and I walked the road in the public right-of-way without getting wet. I reached the start of the true trail in no time at all
Once back on the trail, I again followed an obvious old road and even found a stone foundation of some type. The trail eventually led right into a creek. There was a blue blaze on a rock in the creek,
I continued to follow the trail further and further upstream. The creek held less volume the further up I went, but the cascades still appeared plentiful.
The return hike went quickly. When I arrived at the creek crossing where I found the boulder marked with a blue blaze, I decided to do some investigating. Sure enough, there was another blue blazed trail that continued up stream on the other branch of the creek. This must be the real Phillips Hollow Trail. Now I was curious. What trail had I been following? I finished the hike out to the right-of -way and then back to the car.