Our first hike of 1996 covered the short but uphill
the gap between our last two hikes. We drove directly to the LT on
Saturday, stopping for lunch in Bloomsburg. Aimee drove the last
stretch from Bloomsburg to the trail and she almost had to pull off
Route 42 about ten miles north of Bloomsburg because of a thunderstorm
with pouring rain. The National Weather Service reported wind damage
with trees down as close as Williamsport. The storm lasted only about
15 minutes, and by the time we reached the parking
area on Dry Run Road, hiking conditions were warm and humid but not
wet. Mike commented later that this was the second worst hiking weather
we'd experienced in terms of heat and humidity, surpassed only by a 16-mile
Memorial Day weekend hike we took in Upper Michigan along with Mike's
in 1987 or 1988.
October 17, 2004, Mike and Maria left a car at mile 21.82 and Aimee
dropped them off at the point where the LT crosses the High Knob Vista
exit road, mile 30.57. By the time they completed this segment of
the hike, they were only about a quarter of the way finished with their
planned 8 1/2 miles.
The beginning mile of the hike was relatively flat, rising only 80 ft
from the starting point at mile 28.42 to mile 29.36. At that point, we
climbed High Knob in a series of six switchbacks, rising 260 ft in
about 6/10 mile to an intersection with the High Knob Vista entrance
road at elevation 2010 ft. Part way up the hill, we passed Center Point
at mile 29.64, representing the exact halfway point of the LT from end
to end. Mike thought for sure there would be a blue coffee can lid sign
for "Center Point," but if there was, we missed it. (We would recommend
that the Alpine Club
install one if there isn't one.)
The remainder of the hike was a flat section on top of High Knob, from
the entrance road to the exit road at mile 30.57 where we turned
around. We stopped
for a snack a short distance in from the road. As we crossed the
road and prepared to follow the trail as it dropped off the hill, Mike
a sign indicating the trail was for "Hikers Only." We laughed at the
that anyone would try to drive a vehicle down the narrow, steep trail.
the sign was intended for horses and bicycles.
Footnote: This has a short description because the 1996 hike was one of
the shortest hikes we made along the LT. Maria had then done about 12
1/2 miles; Mike and
Aimee had done about 34 miles.
and Maria pose at mile marker 29 part way up the climb from Dry
Run Road to High Knob on June 8, 1996. This was our first LT hike of
1996 and Maria was 11 months old the day before. Shortly, she would
outgrow the front carrier and begin traveling in the backpack.
| A short hike like the one we
took this day sure leaves everyone smiling. At mile 30, Aimee knows we
are within a half mile of our turnaround point, and the remaining
hiking is either flat or downhill. There must have been something
memorable about mile marker 30, as all of us got our turn being
| Right: On the return trip, Mike and Maria have just
passed the High Knob entrance road at mile 29.95. As they prepare for
the descent from High Knob, a sign barely visible to their right
designates the trail for "Hikers Only." Behind them is one of the
vistas visible from High Knob.
eight years older, at the same spot in October, 2004.
Below: Maria's first of many stream crossings on the October, 2004 hike
was at Dry Run, near mile 28.5