Saturday–March 6, 2021
Location–Davis Mountain Shelter
Going for a long day today with plenty of climbing and side-slabbing–all the way to Davis Mountain Shelter.
A short stop at Oakey Mountain Shelter, then a short stretch along the Chief Ladiga Rail Trail to be followed by a steep climb up and onto Wilson Ridge. Then it’s another climb around High Point, a short roadwalk along US-278 where I meet southbound hikers, Tim & Angela, happy couple. Hey, they recognize the old Nimblewill!
The next bit of trail is on private land over a dedicated easement which extends the next 7.8 miles, up and over Davis mountain and onto the upper flanks of Indian Mountain.
Since the easement grant (and the owner’s death), the land having been transferred to grantee’s descendants, the tract has been turned (and churned) into an ATV Park, the roads now mostly rocks and mud.
I was depending on finding (and taking) water from a small dependable tributary to Hurricane Creek, but I arrive to find it running mostly mud–coming off the nearby ATV trail. Fortunately, I manage to flag down one of the mud makers, who kindly gives me two bottles of water!
After a strenuous, end of day climb up Davis Mountain, I arrive Davis Mountain Shelter–to be rewarded with a sky-high view of a memorable sunset.
In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your [mud-churning] work, look around you!