//POSTPONED// US Forest Service Controlled Burn scheduled for this area has still not taken place and there remains a possibility that it could take place this week or this weekend.
We will reschedule this meetup.
This is a great 'starter backpack'.
Here's what Hikingupward.com (http://www.hikingupward.com/GWNF/ColdMountain/) has to say: "Can't make it to Scotland or Switzerland anytime soon to hike those spectacular high mountain meadows? Well right here in the Old Dominion we have the next best thing! Every hiker in the mid-Atlantic should hike Cold Mountain at least once. The 360° meadow views from the saddle are are some of the best on the east coast.
Cold Mountain is the sister circuit to the Mount Pleasant hike on the next ridge. If you are looking for a slightly longer hike, or a backpack, consider combining this hike with the Mount Pleasant route for a combined 11.3 mile figure eight circuit."
We'll drive up Friday night and camp in the meadow next to the parking lot.
On Saturday we'll hike up the AT, up and over the beautiful scenic bald of Cold Mountain and camp at Cowcamp Gap Shelter. A spring provides all the water we'll need (to filter).
On Sunday we'll follow the Hotel Trail back to the parking lot.
We can then have our 'victory feast' at Vito's, in Amherst on Hwy 29 or Dr. Ho's Pizza, also on Hwy 29, but much closer to Charlottesville.