Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Loving These Winter Hikes!

In between snowstorms and some brutally cold visits from the jetstream, we have also had some great hiking weather!  Super Bowl Sunday was crystal clear and in the lower 50s--perfect for a hike in Pisgah Forest to the top of John Rock.
Stream Alongside Cat Gap Loop Trail

I wanted a shorter hike (about 3 miles), so I made this a semi-loop hike, taking the Cat Gap Loop trail to John Rock trail, around to Cat Gap Loop trail again, then back to where I started.  The route I took starts at the parking area for the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and the Fish Hatchery (both fun places to explore before or after a hike).  A longer hike of about 5 miles, utilizes the other half of Cat Gap Loop trail.
Looking Glass Rock from John Rock

Standing on John Rock

Tiny Rivulets of Water & Ice on John Rock