Monday’s hike was along the Fork Ridge Trail which is a 5-mile section of the Mountains to the Sea Trail. Our hike started high (nearly 6000 feet) on Clingman’s Dome Road. Our goal was to descend Fork Ridge to Deep Creek then retrace our steps back up the mountain to the car; a total distance of 10.2 miles and a 3,000 foot loss and gain. This trail lends itself well to a car shuttle--going down Fork Ridge and out via Deep Creek Trail to Newfound Gap Road. We didn’t have that option so it was in and out for us. At least we didn’t have to cross Deep Creek.
|Our one good view along the trail|
Our hike started in the Spruce-Fir forest. Have I mentioned that I love the high elevation areas of the park? There is something about this cool, damp, mossy, dark forest that immediately soothes my soul. The long song of the winter wren accompanied us as we began our descent. We were also excited to see bluebead lily in bloom with it’s yellowish green flower before the blue bead forms.
That all for today. Thanks for tagging along.