We both thought this hike was great. Got lost and ended up doing 2 miles more than originally planned. Made it better. Huge waterfalls in a slot canyon and a tough climb that always seemed to dead end but kept going up up up.
- Warm air from below pushing us up while huge granite walls on the upper falls pushed a wave of cold down. Thermal bands were fun to walk through.
- Evergreen hemlock forest was the only green out today, and it was great fun to walk though.
- Huge stands of pine trees next to the Piney Branch River made whole sections of the forest smell great.
- Stopping and crossing the creek at one point without shoes instead of hopping across the rocks. The near freezing water was so amazing after 7 hard miles.
Seven and a half miles total. Would definitely do this again.