Today was the perfect day for hiking. The sun was shining, but it wasn’t too hot and there was a lovely wind blowing. Greg and I kept it local and scaled a mountain that’s basically in our backyard – Mt. Yonah. I wish I could post my GPS map, but I screwed it up royally by starting it late and then forgetting to run it off until we were back on the highway. One of the fun parts about Yonah is that near the summit, there are multitudes of trails that interweave around the mountain and cliff face. I think we take a different route up to the top every time. Another fun part is that Yonah has some of the best views around.
Panther Creek Falls is one of our top three hikes. It’s the perfect length to make you feel accomplished. It’s not too hilly. And there’s a gorgeous waterfall at the end. This is the first time our hiking corgi, Scotch came along. There were places he struggled with, especially near the waterfalls, but he pulled through like a champ.
Panther Creek Falls is an in-and-out hike that totals 7 miles. It’s mostly an easy hike until the last half mile or so where the terrain becomes steep, rocky, and there’s one place where the path is completely washed away. It took Greg, Me, and Scotch 4 hours and 35 minutes in total. We stopped for short rests and snacks three times.
Back in February, Greg and I visited Vogel State park and hiked the Bear Hair Trail. I didn’t take any picture, but I did do something new. I actually tracked the hike using MapMyHike (an off shoot of MapMyRun, if you haven’t guessed). I hope that with this tracking information, I can provide better information on the trails I hike, rather than just regurgitating the info I find on the internet, which is often conflicting.
It took me a little while to get the damned app sorted out, but once I did, we were well on our way. The walk from the parking lot to the trailhead and back again adds an extra mile to the hike. So in total, you’re looking at about 4.6 miles in total. We walked at a casual pace and took a quick break at the summit of the mountain making the full duration of our hike about two and a half hours.
So here I was thinking that I was only a couple months behind in posting hiking pics, then I realized I’d completely skipped over posting about our hike on the Logan’s Turnpike trail, which Greg and I did back in November. I’m only 5 months late!
Anyhoo, you may remember our previous trip to Logan’s Turnpike, which was done during the warmer months. Because it’s a little-used trail, it was completely overgrown and parts of the trail had turned into a marshy stream. Oh, and there were bugs, lots and lots of winged things flying around our faces. Needless to say, it wasn’t our favorite-est of hikes. However, we figured that these issues were directly related to the warmer months, and decided to return in the cooler months. So on a pleasant day in November, we headed out to change our perspective of this trail.
Logan’s Turnpike has an interesting history. It’s an old road. You can still find artifacts of this along the side of the trail, old rusty pails and such. The end of the trail/road was so steep that some of the first cars couldn’t make it on their own. In order for a car to top the hill, the driver would have to turn the car around and drive in reverse, preferably with someone else helping to push (which sounds incredibly dangerous, if you ask me).
Anyhoo, this time the trek up and back down the mountain was much improved. We still didn’t see a single soul on this hike. There was little to no growth on the trail, the bugs were in hiding, and the marsh had dried up. All-in-all, it was a good day.