Balsam Gap (BRP) to Bear Pen Gap (BRP)

Hike: Mountains to Sea Trail – Segment 2
Date: June 19-20, 2015
Notes: Backpack camped illegally (but with permission) at Grassy Mine Overlook on the BRP. This was a very rugged and strenuous hike, and we learned a lot about what kind of equipment me needed. M called this hike the “Death March!” The trail was very overgrown in many places. Very steep drop-offs on the side in some places, and treacherous rocks to step on everywhere. It rained, heavy at times off and on during this whole hike. M had good rain gear, but K had a cheap rain jacket that felt like a sweat suit (very hot!!) Highlights: camping on the BRP. Was nervous about doing so, but we called the BRP emergency line, and got permission, since it got dark on us – we underestimated the time it would take us to get to the Nantahala Nat’l Forest, where camping is permitted (we started too late, as I got out of a wastewater school in Morganton at noon –and we didn’t start the hike at Balsam Gap until 4pm). A very confusing fork at Old Bald, where I feel people have gotten lost. We went the wrong way at first a short distance, but decided to turn back and try the other way. This area, the fork to the right goes into the woods and down an old road, and to the left, the other and correct way goes down through an open field, eventually coming to an old road and an MST blaze. Note: Did some night hiking on this hike with our headlamps (I upgraded to a better headlamp after this hike, with more power)
Total Miles: TBD

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