Memorial Day Hike at Swain

Thanks to all the folks who joined us for the Sunday Hike on Robinson’s Loop.  We had about 15  hikers.  The terrain was more challenging than usual due to recent logging and the consequent muck and fallen branches.

The groups today got more than they bargained for.   Most of us did three hours on the trail due, to map and memory confusion.  However, these intrepid folks still gave the hike a thumbs up.  Must be they are hardened hikers, ready for anything.

The tourists really did take a “tour” of the whole area.  They hiked the blue trail and then some.  John did a masterful job of getting everyone back to base camp.  Climbers made a perimeter hike of the orange and blue loops which entailed some bushwhacking over fallen trees and through a few multiflora bushes.  Undaunted  by mud and bugs, they persevered until the final mile when they opted to take the downhill route through the ski trails, which afforded a cool breeze and fewer insects.

The Sierra Inn was a welcome refuge for all after this challenging hike.

Check out the Facebook photos as well as those contained in this post.

 

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