This time I went ~9 miles from Rt 271 trailhead to Rt 56 shelter on, yes, the Laurel Highlands Trail AGAIN.
First time staying at the shelters and there was someone else there. CASSIDY DOG and I want to say....Justin? They certainly made camp time a bit less boring.
Seems like I hit a wall around 7 miles or so. Perhaps more snacks? Or maybe I need to actually stop and sit once in a while. Of course, I risk crushing this guy if I'm not careful
Back to the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail -- went to the Johnstown end and hiked to Rt 56 shelter. About a 1000' elevation gain over 3 miles. Not bad, but it's the first time I've done it with a 20lb pack.
Still rocky and gnarly, but dry with no mudpits to deal with. Unfortunately I made pretty good time and was at the end way too early. Wasn't nearly tired enough to fall asleep at 5:30. CAMP IS BORING WHEN IT'S JUST ME. I should probably hike a lot farther so I just drop.
There was a babbling brook, though. Kinda comforting for a while. But at 1am......3am......6am....agggghhhh.
And the shelter smelled like Lagavulin.
Overnighter from route 653 trailhead to Grindle Ridge shelters on Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. 6.5 miles each way. Learned that the trail map icon for water means potable only, but there are actual pumps at the shelter sites that you can treat. I didn't realize this, so I was PRETTY THIRSTY BEING ALL CONSERVE-Y.
Trail is beautiful but a crap-ton of roots and rocks. And it would be nasty when it's really wet with all the sucking wet mud. 8/10 will hike again.