My goal was to hike up to Shining Rock, but after looking at the map and remembering that it was only 3.6 miles one way, I decided to take the long way around. The week before the weather was looking amazing, with a forecast low of 50 on Saturday night and a bright moon hanging in the sky. I was really thinking about hiking in Saturday evening after the kid's soccer game. It would be an interesting hike. But then the weather got cloudy and chilly, then rainy so I decided to sleep in my warm bed.
I continued walking, looking at the map about every 30 minutes. I wasn't sure how fast I was going or how far I had gone. I could estimate, but had a nagging feeling that I had missed my turn on the Greasy Creek Trail. I figured I would just keep hiking and if I had missed the turn, I would simply hike a bigger loop than planned.
After a little less than 2 hrs, I found the trail across the river, a faint line heading up into the trees. I followed the trail, the shrubs had been recently trimmed and I felt like I was making good time. The skies still overcast, the air getting cooler as I got higher, I could now hear the wind, higher up on the ridge ripping through the tree tops.
How long is the Art Loeb Trail?