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Trip Log: 48.5 miles in 4 days
Weds. - 8 miles beginning at noon @ Delaney Park trailhead, hike Delaney Loop and Spurgeon Hollow, camp @ mm40.5.
Thurs. - 10.5 miles, camp @ mm 30
Fri. - 12 miles, camp @ mm18+
Sat. - 11.5 miles, camp @ mm 6.5
Sun. 6.5 miles, finishing at 11AM at the old Deam Lake Trailhead.
Thanks to all attending for the encouragement and good fellowship. A very memorable trip through the "Green Tunnel".
1 · May 26
Final Report: I went up to the trail on Sunday. Most of the small creeks are still running, so water won't be a problem. Still, I stashed 3 gallons up on the top of the escarpment just in case. Weather looks all but perfect, with maybe some rain on Wednesday. Tim's shuttle service will take us from the south end to the north end around 10:00 or 10:30 at a cost of $75 for four people. If we have more than that, we will improvise. Hope to see everyone tomorrow morning.
1 · May 21
Thanks for the welcome. I can say with all confidence that I am, without question, not prepared. I do however possess mercilous determination. Beyond that I have a high threshold for pain, am self sufficient and resourceful, and lacking the sense of any reasonable human being. I am confident, short of a snake bite or being knocked unconscious by a large tree limb that chooses to fall while I am beneath it, that I will not become a burden to the group. I am reasonably fit with no known health issues. My biggest concerns are water and footwear. If I have those issues dialed in I believe success is well within my grasp.
0 · May 13
I like your sense of humor! That helps too, when the going gets tough. You will improve your hiking performance and enjoyment if you keep your pack weight as light as possible. I think that is perhaps the biggest success factor, after physical conditioning. I hope to see you on Saturday.
0 · May 14
Additionally, there is a chance that I will have to back out due to work. I should have the answer to that question by Wed or Thu. I will let you know as soon as I do. If all goes well on that front I will join you all on Sat to discuss the trip. Should you have reservations after meeting me I will bow out gracefully or perhaps go it alone.
I have been looking for an opportunity to do a multiple day trip and stumbled upon this. I acted on this as it solves the shuttle issue and I feel that in a group I would have a better chance surviving any encounter with natives that may wish to reenact a famous scene staring Ned Beatty.
Thanks for making the difficulty level clear and for asking if I am prepared. The information I have provided should inspire some phone calls among the group to discuss whether or not you are comfortable having me join you.
0 · May 13
FYI, the trail is closed from Pixley Knob to Bartle Knob rd. I don't see anything about a detour or alternate route like the other sections that are closed. You may want to double check with DNR. That's mile marker 4 to mile marker 9 going South to North and from the original trail head, not the new one. You guys may have it figured out already. I would just hate to think your almost done and then have to take a detour on roads that may add miles to the last day of the trip.
0 · May 2
Welcome, Nick! I will be backpacking at Grand Canyon from May 2-12. The next weekend is May 18-19. I suggest we get together that weekend to confirm final plans, probably Saturday morning the 18th if that is good for the rest of you. The plan is to meet early on Wednesday May 21 at the new Deam Lake trailhead where we will leave our cars. I will arrange for a commercial shuttle to meet us and take us to the north end of the trail to start the hike later in the morning. We will hike south, back to our cars, and that way we will have transport waiting whenever we arrive. That should get us back to Deam around mid-day on Monday the 27th, Memorial Day, depending on how the hike goes.
0 · April 12
That actually works pretty well for me, I will be in DC from May 7th to the 14th, so the 18th sound be perfect barring some unforeseen catastrophe. Water was a pretty big concern for me because in my research, I've read sources can be intermittent but I will follow your lead on this one. Do you have a recommended packing list? Generally, I like to travel as lite as possible without sacrificing the essentials but this will be a slightly longer trip then I have previously done. Any insight you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the quick response, and if I don't hear from you before, have a safe trip at the Grand Canyon.
0 · April 12
On the subject of water, I have always been able to find water on the trail except maybe in the fall. I plan to carry 3 quarts of water and replenish during the day from any water source we come to. That said, I will also stash some water at a couple of trailheads along the trail in case it's dryer than I think.
Felicia and Nancy, since I haven't heard anything from you since you signed up awhile back, please drop a note here to confirm that you are still on for the trip.
Any other thought or concerns, please post here or e-mail me. I am really looking forward to this trip!
0 · April 12
Thanks for the response. I am actually pretty familiar with the KT, I've had an ongoing interest in backpacking it because of the challenge it presents. Physically, I am confident that I am prepared for the trip. My main concern is being logistically prepared, but I believe you posted about meeting up prior to the trip?
0 · April 12
Nick, we'd be happy to have you along. Personally, I plan to do the trip even if I go alone, but company would be most welcome. I don't know if you are familiar with the KT, but if not just be aware that there are a lot of hills to climb, and we will be doing about 10 miles a day. You need to be in shape for this one.
0 · April 8
I would like to schedule a get-acquainted day hike on part of the KT one Saturday in April. I'm sure we would all like to meet and get to know each other a little, and discuss the hike. Please let me know if you would come on this hike, and any preferred dates. This hike would also be for anyone who is not commited, but might be interested in the full 50 miles.
1 · March 25
Wow just watched the video and was totally blown away. Looks like a battle field. Having hiked that area many times if not form the descriptions would have never guessed where you were at. Have camped a few nights on top of Round Knob amazing the power of the storm that went through there.
0 · January 29
Tom Grady and I hiked past the tornado devastation on the KT this past Saturday, from the new trailhead at mile 4.5 up to the new Pixley Knob Rd. trailhead at mile 9. The valley below the Jackson Road Trailhead and the trailhead itself are unrecognizable - scarcely a tree still standing, like somebody ran a bush hog over it. . Round Knob is the same way. It looks like the pictures of Mt. St. Helens after the eruption. But you can hike on Hilltop Lane and Flatwoods Rd., along the lip of the Escarpment, skirting the wreckage. We rejoined the KT where it parallels Flatwoods Rd., just north of Round Knob somewhere near Mile 6 and hiked north to mile 9. There is one section at Mile 8 where the trail is obliterated by blowdowns, but we were able to bushwhack around that fairly easily. So it appears it will be possible to hike the whole length of the trail, except for a couple of miles by Round Knob and valley south of it where there is a road detour.
0 · January 28
Just thought of something that would save you all a bunch of time the first morning. There is a gentleman that does a pretty reasonable shuttle service on the Knobstone. Will also cache water for you if needed. Here is a link to his site of you are interested.
Still thinking about this trip. Having done this before just not sure that I want to invest this much vacation time on a trail I have done a couple of times and some sections many more times.
0 · January 24
Stephen I wont be making the hike but as someone that lives near the Kt was wondering of you were aware part of the trail is closed. This section will probably not be open by the time of the hike. Maybe a way around but I have not researched it. The portion that is closed was heavily damaged by last years tornadoes. here is some information.
0 · January 5