We first visited Hercules Glades Wilderness on December 18, 2010. Our first hike here was organized by the Springfield Nature Center. We returned on December 29 for our first ever backpacking trip. Since then, Hercules Glades has been a regular backpacking destination.

It’s that trail cairn again

It’s that trail cairn again — By one-thirty I had camp squared away, and I started my uneventful hike back to the trailhead. +1

Jus’ Chilling

Jus’ Chilling — The six-mile hike back to the trailhead should only take three to four hours (depending on if I stop for lunch), so I can sit back, take it easy, and enjoy the forest for a while. +1

Late Breakfast — Biscuits and Gravy, and a cup of Rosie Lee

Day Two. Late Breakfast — Biscuits and Gravy, and a cup of Rosie Lee.

The pollen was prodigious

The pollen was prodigious — As the green-yellow dusting of pollen on my feet attests, the pollen was indeed prodigious. No wonder I was coughing and sneezing.

There was a trickle of water coming from the spring

There was a trickle of water coming from the spring — With camp set up I headed off down into ‘Deep Hollow’ to see if the spring was running. Much to my surprise it was — just a trickle but enough to have saved me from having to lug in three liters of water! Not to worry, I need the exercise!

Back at ‘Deep Hollow,’ Hercules Glades Wilderness

Day One. Back at ‘Deep Hollow,’ Hercules Glades Wilderness — I decided to get out for a one-night trip to Hercules Glades. Apart from our Eclipse Trip I’ve not been out this month. An overnight stop at my camping spot near Deep Hollow would be just what the doctor ordered. One-minute read.

Journal: Three days solo backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, January 2024

Journal: Three days solo backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, January 2024 — I’m off out for three days, blowing away the cobwebs and walking off some holiday season excesses. Trip write-up: Four-minute read, +9

At the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail Junction

At the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail Junction. 39°F and feeling a bit chilly with a slight head wind. Two nights, three days, and a modest 13 miles. That will do for my first run out of 2024. Time to go home and trim my beard. It has done its job!

Tucked up in my hammock

Day Three. Tucked up in my hammock. Deep Hollow, January 2024.

Heating water for dinner

Heating water for dinner — Using my Firebox Nano wood stove.

Hammock sunset

Hammock sunset — Camped above ‘Deep Hollow’ January 2024.

Just to prove that I was there

Just to prove that I was there.