I still remember my first hike: it was on the Appalachian Trail over Tar Jacket Ridge, culminating at the top of Cole/Cold Mountain. I remember taking in the view from Tar Jacket Ridge and being absolutely mesmerized! I grew up near Chicago, after all, and those kinds of views just aren't possible where I came from.
I owned a copy of PATC Map 13 and could not wait to get back down there, so I could hike the relatively new Old Hotel Trail, and come back again and hike the Pompey Mountain-Mt. Pleasant Trail, later named the Henry Lanum Trail. By that April, I had organized a group hike consisting of my friends to hike from the Tye River up to the summit of The Priest, a 3000 foot climb. I've been back to do these hikes many times since 1993.
|From Ellot Knob.
|Does your hiking group do this?