Ended up being fairly cold last night and got a slow start in the morning because of it. We didn’t mind, because we wanted to hike during the day with our friend Chillin’. We headed out of the camp area around 9, which is our latest start to date.
Had cool temps and blue skies for the hike today…lots of day hikers out with their dogs. Haven’t seen this many day hikers since the White Mountains. Quite a bit of variety in the landscape; boulder fields, prairies, rock outcroppings. A lot of the day was on an old woods road that was nice for walking.
The stretch we did in the afternoon was a 4 mile reroute section that goes around a Superfund site. The reroute had us on a long stretch overlooking a town and large mining operations below.
The day ended with a very bouldery stretch into LeHigh Gap. It was slow going but a welcome change of scenery.
Not a lot of water on the trail today. We knew this ahead of time and drank a lot before we started hiking the day. Thankfully, we were not sweating a lot of fluids away.
There are a lot of southbounders at the shelter tonight. We seem to be in the middle of a hiker bubble. The area where we are hammocking behind the shelter is fairly steep and full if rocks. But no real issue with the hammocks.
Daily Distance: 16.7
Trip Distance: 929.0