Sat, Jan 4 2020 - Blood Mountain & Lake Winfield Scott Hike (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Chuck R, Greg Pharo, Sri, Randall, Ann Howard, Ralph Howard, Lixia, Fay, Nahid|
This hike started with a light rain and moderate temps. Fog prevailed for the east
assault to Blood. It was all boulder rock but surprisingly, we were getting some good
footing! I already saw a couple of Nobo's getting a head start to Katahdin Maine (
massive pack loads). When we made it to Bird Gap the trail became much smoother all
the way to Jarrard. The rain came back for its final vengeance where we retreated for
lunch at the Pavilion on the lake. Soon the winds turned North and we then headed east
onto Slaughter where we found hemlock forest... soft gradient trail and a cascading
chorus of tributaries sounding off from Slaughter Creek. To our surprise - the sun came
out with a bright cobalt blue sky. The west face of Slaughter was to our left and Blood
was coming up. This time we had views! We even saw Atlanta which was a big bonus!
Thanks to Ann, she pointed it out for us. This was a solid D-5 which involved some
technical terrain and changes of weather. Still it was a smooth hike with no hiccups.