Heart 'n Lunger Hike
The Heart 'n Lunger hikes will be every Tuesday evening May - September. We have done them every year since 2007. H 'n L hikes, by our definition, gain at least 1500' of elevation. Many of them will offer 2x that elevation gain for the uber-fit among us. Distance and time: 3-4 miles in 3-3.5 hours. At the other end of the fitness spectrum, the less fit in the group have good naturedly dubbed their sub-group the 'Gaspers 'n Wheezers'. Everyone is welcome these hikes are mix with 'out and back' and " Loop"
Harp Mt is about 5000 ft, the summit is 2600' above the parking area. It is steep from the parking lot and less than 2 miles to the top. Prepare to walk and/or crawl to the top. If the wind is blowing it can be very strong up there. Once we get to the top, I would like to walk the left side the ridge to next peak and hike down to the parking lot.
The trailhead: This trailhead is a little confusing to get to so I encourage carpooling. It is NOT the South Fork trail-head. Continue straight all the way up Hiland Rd, past the turn to South Fork, until arriving at a fork in the road. Stay left and continue uphill until the road ends and there is a "turnaround". Park well past the 'fire dept/no parking/warning' signs.
What to Bring:
-- Ski/trekking poles (helpful on the steep and/or muddy sections).
-- Layers of non-cotton clothing; wind shell and wind pants.
-- Warm hat & gloves, and gaiters optional but recommended, may have snow.
-- Water & snacks.