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City: Palm Bay
Country: United States
Begins: Oct 12, 2018
Date: Mon, Oct 15th, 2018
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Goodbye Burrell campground, you were good to us. Got up early, only because I was pretty sore from yesterday. Im not used to hiking with elevation, So it was good to sleep in and rest. When we got up, there was a slight drizzle throughout the morning as I drink coffee and get ready to pack of ut. Of course the drizzle started to pick up a little bit so I had to pack a tent.
Early morning hike I saw an elevation 1800 feet and gained and lost about 400 feet all day, until the end of the day. We stopped at Sloanbridge access to eat some lunch and then push onto round gap Mountain. As we were looking at the elevation nap, it was very evident that the elevation map does not reflect the actual trail. We had PU Ds all day.
I knew we were getting close to our campsite for the night, the end was in sight. However, we started hitting succession blow downs that was pretty frustrating. There was one blowdown that actually involved five trees and we literally were climbing like Monkeys through the trees. Thank goodness that we had relatively light packs, but, I did not make it any easier. I finally made it to round gap access trail, to figure out if we were going to walk down the .3 miles to the site.
Another hiker came up, probably in his 20s, who has hike the trail before. After we talk with him we realize there was no other campsites further down the trail so we took the spur trail to the campsite. The young hiker was also camping at this campsite and fortunately for all of us, it was a big campsite. Our ending elevation was about 3100 feet and believe it or not was pretty warm enjoy the evening.
I have to say that I am pretty whipped tonight. For a flatlander like me, the ups and downs on todays trail was pretty testing. Sometimes the trail where 6 to 8 up and down and made for some tough hiking.
Looking forward to what tomorrow has to bring.
The Foothills Trail is 77 miles that traverses thru the Blue Ridge mountains, from Table Rock State Park to Oconee State Park.