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View to the southeast from the Pilot Trail, and the hike out

View across Hercules Glades from the Pilot (Tower) Trail. Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

We had a nice gentle hike out — albeit uphill most of the way. Going slow suited me as Ginger had requisitioned my hiking poles again. We were all packed up and ready to go by 12:20, the hike started with the bushwhack back to the main trail, after that it was business as usual. We finished our hike shortly after three. There was just one family camping at the trailhead, and apart from the six people on horseback we encountered on our hike in, we didn’t see anyone during our visit. As you can guess, that suits us fine.

There are no end of hike pictures because it rained hard for twenty of our final thirty minutes hiking. We each had a change of clothes in the car, so we didn’t bother with waterproofs and were soaked to the skin. In the 80°F temperatures it was quite nice to be cooled down a bit.

Copyright © 2021 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.