This hike is capped at ten participants. Please do not RSVP if you are not reasonabley certain that you can attend, you will keep others from attending that would like to hike. Members with plus one OK if slots are open. No dogs or youth under 18 for this hike due to dificulty.
We will do a total of three to four hikes on the Knobstone over the next few months. It is the intent to hike as much of the Knobstone that is open (a portion is closed from the tornado damage, per the DNR) as possible. This is the second for this summer. We possibley will be hiking the segment from Oxley Trailhead to Elk Creek. Generally trails along the northern section...should be about 12 miles.
This hike is rated very strenuous and should only be considered by those with prior experience in hiking at this level and who are in excellent physical condition. THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER HIKE. There are several creek crossings including a couple where the easiest way to cross involves walking over a fallen tree/branch laying across the creek. The combination of steep grades, fallen leaves and mud cause it to be quite slippery underfoot. Hiking boots and poles are strongly recommended. It is, however, a beautiful hike and in 12 miles one will see more red cardinals and other plants, flora and fauna than people. Plan on bringing plenty of water and a lunch for during the hike.
If you are not aware of the Knobstone (then again this hike is maybe not for you) it is referred to as the little AT and considered an excellent conditioning hike for the AT. It is a series of knobs that have a high degree of climb rate and decline. Rarely are you walking on level ground. If you have questions as to whether this hike is for you please contact me and discuss.