Monday, October 12, 2015

Appalachian Trail: Firescald Ridge Relocation Loop

Being Columbus Day, it's a federal holiday. I worked a short day this morning and then headed home. Sierra, Noelle and I ate lunch and then made the drive up Viking Mountain (Camp Creek Bald) to do some hiking on a loop that has become something of a Grunwald fall tradition.
Noelle on road

We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was cool with blue skies and plenty of sunshine. We hit the blue blazed old road and made our way to the Appalachian Trail. We turned left onto the AT and made our way north. Noelle picked up a few colorful leaves and Sierra looked for colors through her 'noculars.
looking for home
The scenery was quite impressive when we reached Firescald Ridge.
Noelle on ridge 1
There were views in all directions and some color in the leaves on the trees.

We made our way along the ridge,
hiking steps
stopping frequently to admire the views.
Noelle looks for Greeneville
wonderful view
Noelle on Fiescald Ridge
We found a plaque attached to a rock that is new. The rock, with a great overlook down towards Greeneville is now called Howard's Rock.
Howard's Rock
We continued along the ridge,
Noelle 3
another view
panoramic view
sometimes climbing up and down rock outcrops
noelle on rocks
and then eventually headed down into the woods. We stopped at our traditional snack spot at the junction of the AT and the old Appalachian Trail.
my girls
I found a new sign for the Bee Tree Hollow Trail near the junction.
Bee Tree Hollow
Sierra got a bit cold and so asked me for a warm hug. I was more than happy to oblige!
Daddy daughter
We put a long-sleeved shirt on Sierra
hands in pockets
and reluctantly started to make our way back towards the car. The views are not nearly as impressive on the old AT, but we still had a pleasant time hiking. The days just don't get any better than this.

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