Saturday, January 24, 2015

Shenandoah National Park - January 24, 2015

It was briefly sunny in Charlottesville this morning, and warmer than expected.  I took advantage of conditions to grab my loppers and work on the section of the Appalachian Trail I maintain, still motivated by running into another trail maintainer over in the Rich Hole Wilderness last weekend. Trouble was, the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park was closed.  So I drove out to Sugar Hollow and hiked up to the Appalachian Trail using the Moorman's River Road and Turk Gap Trail.

Conditions were constantly changing and often amazing.  I took the photos below.  Within 300 yards of my car was the first stream crossing - there was not another hiker or footprints for the entire 11 miles after that crossing.

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