Mt. Rogers – Day 1: Grindstone Campground Thomas Knob Shelter

I arrived at the Grindstone Campground after Noon.  In my prep for the trip, it was highly recommended to park at the campground ($3 per night in 2011) instead of leaving your car at a trailhead.  Given it was a weekday in late September, it was dead.  I did have a nice discussion with the …

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Mt. Rogers – Day 2: Thomas Knob Shelter to Old Orchard Shelter

The second day of the trip was the money day.  Several miles of unfettered views on top of the balds of Mt. Rogers NRA along Wilburn Ridge.  Add to it that it was a very comfortable day and the fall color was pretty good, it was definitely one of my best hiking days in the …

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Mt. Rogers – Day 3: Old Orchard Shelter to Grindstone Campground

After analyzing the map, I decided that I would end my trip this day with a return to Grindstone Campground via the Iron Mountain Trail.  I continued the downhill hike on the AT through the largest portion of rhododendrons that I had seen so far on the trip, bottoming out where the trail crosses SR …

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