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Okay boys, I finally get to return to the Grandfather Ranger District of Pisgah NF and pull a decent trip in the land of big creeks and big waterfalls.
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My old backpacking buddy Amy Willow Allen (AT Thruhike '06) lets me leave my car at her house near Asheville for 3 weeks and on the way out to Piz she drops by the backpacking store she works at, a place called Take A Hike in Black Mt NC.
After several days on Upper Creek, Raider Camp Creek, Harper and North Harper, I make it to the trailhead to Huntfish Falls on Lost Cove Creek.
While ascending Gragg Prong I run into Heather Housekeeper who is pulling the whole of the Mountains to Sea trail and started on the Outer Banks of NC.
Patman shows up after a few cell phone calls and camps with me on the Timber Ridge trail at False Bee Mt Camp.
The next morning we are ready to finish Timber Ridge and explore Lost Cove Creek.
The first of 5 Lost Cove Creek crossings.
We descend Lost Cove Creek and take a side trail up to Little Lost Cove Creek Falls, another jewel in the Pisgah crown.
Another crossing of Lost Cove Creek.
Yet another Lost Cove Creek crossing.
We make it to Huntfish Falls on Lost Cove Creek and Patman attempts to enter the Flume.
While camping near Huntfish Falls, Patman strikes up a conversation with Dallas and Vanessa from Asheville.
We make it on various trails to North Harper Creek Falls and set up camp next to the falls. In the morning Patman shows off his camp and his coffee filter.
We camp near the base of pretty North Harper Falls.
It's time for me and Patman to split up so he changes out of crocs back to boots to tackle Trail 239, the North Falls access trail.
After several days I return to my favorite Upper Creek camp and spend alot of time in the camp swimhole on Upper Creek.
On a zero day at Upper Creek I dayhike down to the Upper Creek canyon gorge and stop at the very top of the canyon to take a pic which reminds me of a pic I took 8 years ago with my old backpacking buddy Johnny B. See below.
Me and Johnny B at the same spot in 2004.
I spend several days in Pisgah Camp on Upper Creek and build daily fires to dispel the hateful biting noseeums. No, my crotch is NOT on fire.
I leave Upper Creek and tool up the MST to highway 181 and down to Steels Creek where I run into these Venture group kids from UNC-Charlotte.
Amy makes a surprise dayhike visit to Pisgah and finds me camping in Pisgah Camp on Upper Creek again and so she sports in the big swimhole.
On a long intricate trail loop past FS road 198 I enter the Pine Ridge/Raider Camp loops and on the way back on the Greentown/MST trail I run into these girls from Appalachian State pulling an outdoor program event.
On my last Day 22 Amy comes out to pick me up and spends the night in the rain in Pisgah Camp on Upper Creek. This is her BA tent.
Our departure day is drenched in an all-day rain and so I invite Amy to cook breakfast in my tunnel tent.
Nobody likes to pack in the rain or hike in the rain but it has to be done so I watch Amy pack before we pull a tough 3 mile trek out on rugged tread. So ends another trip.