Mountain Lake Trip Report
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Murphy
October 29, 2006
Member since 09/13/2004 🔗
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Inspired by Denis, I decided to do a trip report of my hiking adventure last weekend at Mountain Lake in Giles County, VA. Unfortunately, I'm not nearly the storyteller that Denis is but I did remember a camera and I made sure the batteries were charged.

Before the trip started, I spent a chilly afternoon at the soccer fields and watched my daughter (5 years old) score her first goal. It doesn't have much to do with the rest of my trip but I'm just telling as many people as possible. After the game we headed up to Mountain Lake for the Octoberfest activities. It was too dark to catch the sunset but I did get to see my first bear. It was a fairly good sized one just cruising down the road.

That evening I limited myself to just a few Spaten at the Octoberfest (and a few pounds of sausage) so I could wake up early enough to catch a sunrise hike. The hike was a short 3/4 mile, 500' vertical climb to Bald Knob, located right behind the lodge. The views were incredible (click the image for a larger version).

The morning was quite chilly. I'd guess low to mid-20's based on the fact that my coffee froze in my cup by the time I reached the top. The 12" of snow that I dreamed about didn't materialize however.

Later that morning my wife and I hiked to Bear Cliffs.

The cliffs were very interesting. The 50' to 100+' rock structures would make for great climbing and spelunking but we weren't being that adventuresome. Also there was concern about what might be living down there. The hike back took us by an old horse barn and the lake itself.


That's me on top of the rock. During the summer, that rock is a favorite diving spot for the braver guests of the resort but I wasn't about to jump in.

Sunday Morning I took one last hike. The Chestnut Trail/War Spur trail makes a great easy 2 mile hike that offers both great views and a trip through a pretty rare virgin Hemlock forest.

Sadly, many of the Hemlocks are dying rapidly care of the Woolly Adelgid that's sucking them dry. It just so happens that my neighbor is part of the team that is trying to treat as many of the Hemlocks as possible. He's also responsible for cutting down the dead trees.

There are several more pics HERE for anyone who's interested.
SCWVA
October 29, 2006
Member since 07/13/2004 🔗
1,051 posts
Murphy,

I once hiked Bald Knob in the dark in early November just to feel the season's first snow fall on my face. Didn't use flashlights because we were afraid we'd get busted by Mt. Lodge security. You live in paradise.

Nice pictures. How's the water level in the lake?

Congrats on your daughter's 1st goal!
Murphy
October 30, 2006
Member since 09/13/2004 🔗
618 posts
Quote:

I once hiked Bald Knob in the dark in early November just to feel the season's first snow fall on my face.



I like your sense of adventure. I could use someone around to take those crazy hikes on the quest for the first flakes of the year (or the last). My old hiking partner decided to move to Missouri for some reason.

We just missed out on the first snowfall up there. I believe it started snowing about 6 hours after we left. I doubt they had any accumulation though.
Roger Z
October 30, 2006
Member since 01/16/2004 🔗
2,181 posts
Yes SW VA is damn close to paradise.

I moved to MO to find some hill's that Murphy might be able to get up without having to take a rest. After six months in KS, I'm still looking. But fear not! I'm in Oklahoma right now and even the on-ramps here are flat.

Went biking yesterday. About 22 miles up and down hills, peak weekend for foliage and 75 degrees. One of those jaw-dropping "boy am I glad to be alive" kind of days. Did some more "mountain" biking around here. KS and MO have some very gnarly, rock-filled beasts for technical terrain. That said, their downhill stretches leave just a little to be desired. By the time you realize you're going downhill, it's usually over.
Murphy
October 30, 2006
Member since 09/13/2004 🔗
618 posts
Quote:

I moved to MO to find some hill's that Murphy might be able to get up without having to take a rest. After six months in KS, I'm still looking. But fear not! I'm in Oklahoma right now and even the on-ramps here are flat.




Hey I resemble those remarks!

But at least I try. I didn't stop once during my 10 miles of hiking. I did moan a little though.
Denis - DCSki Supporter
October 31, 2006
Member since 07/12/2004 🔗
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A picture is worth 1000 words - Great story!
Roger Z
November 1, 2006
Member since 01/16/2004 🔗
2,181 posts
That's okay, everytime I look out and see the horizon (and, really, it's easy to understand why there are so many creationists out here. I'm beginning to think the world is flat), I moan too.
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