Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hospital Rock

I think this may be one of the hardest hikes I have ever done. It should be, because it is rated as the most strenuous hike in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness.

The trail is so steep in areas, cables were stretched along the trail to assist the hikers pull themselves up, but hikers depended too heavily on these cables and they become a safety issue. The cables were recently removed so now the hikers have to depend on their own climbing and rock scrambling abilities in the most difficult areas of this trail.

If you survive the climbing on this trail, you will be rewarded with many beautiful views. There is a lot of history surrounding Hospital Rock. During the Civil War, wounded and deserting soldiers hid out under the rock overhang being held up by Leah in the picture.
Another beautiful site is Falls Creek Falls seen here.

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