Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pilot Wine Loop
Pilot Wine Loop: 14.8 miles Outcasts Total Miles: 1659.68
We had us a weather full hike this time. We headed to Big South Fork in the snow. We started at the Station Camp East trailhead and did the loop counter clockwise. This is a horse trail following an old roadbed all the way around.
Pilot Rock is actually just off the trail and you have to some bush whacking to get to it. After you drop down through some very pretty rock walls and go around them there is a small campsite. From that campsite if you continue straight out when the trails turns right and down you will find Pilot Rock.
We continued down to the river and camped along side the Puncheoncamp Fork of Williams Creek right at the confluence of Grassy Fork.
While we were hiking we had about five different white outs with sunshine in between. When we got to camp, the snow was so big of flakes that you could feel them hit you. We got about an inch on the ground before it stopped and we gathered fire wood during this time. When it stopped, we set up camp and within a half hour the sun had melted it all away. This is Tennessee.
Just before we got to camp we saw a flock of turkeys. We had ducks on the creek and listened to an owl while we were setting up camp.
We enjoyed an evening around the fire telling lies and taking cough medicine. It got down around 15 degrees that night.
The next morning we headed out and finished the loop with plenty of sunshine. We saw a ground hog on the way out of the park cross the road in front of us.
Eye will see you next season!