I did a little video message for you on the trail :)
When the mac daddy of bladders comes out you know I am going for an epic hike :)
Haha, well epic in my mind, because I get super excited about a good climb up!
This is my biggest pack - it is heavy with the 3 liter bladder.
It is good for me, it makes me stronger!
I also drained it dry in less than 3 hours.
This is really a popular spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
I did the main trail, which is the climb up, as soon as I arrived.
It was pretty crowded and some sections are really rocky, but no worries, you just have to pause and let people pass every so often. The pause is a nice break. There are a few fairly steep areas, that will get your heart pumping. It is just shy of a mile to the summit, but it takes about 30 minutes.
The summit was covered in people. I took a break for about 10 minutes, soaked in the beauty, then headed to the 3 mile loop down the mountain.
This section was a very pleasant surprise! Some sections were smooth enough to run. I wasn't very fast with my mac daddy pack on, but I held the strap (it bounces) and ran. It was invigorating! This section of trail was extremely quiet and I enjoyed the solitude.
There are a lot of stretches about a .10 of a mile each
that were smooth like this.
It was awesome :)
I would run until I came to sections like this, full of rocks and walk.
After I ran/hiked this section, I felt great. I decided to go up to the summit one more time before I had to drive home.
I tried to take the steps as fast as I could - heart. pumping. out. of. chest. LOL
My second trip up was great, it was a lot less crowded.
It seemed clearer out, and I lingered a little longer before I headed back down.
I headed back the way I came up, and that steep rocky trail is a little tough on the quads, but I gave it a shot and tried to run a little.
I did pause to watch this little gal eat, it was strange she completely oblivious to the fact that I was there.
My one big snafu of the day?! I forgot to take a towel to put on my car seat for the drive home. Womp...womp...I was a sweaty mess. I did hit a rest room and rinse off the best I could. I laughed when I arrived home, I had turned my seat-belt white from all the salt that came off me. Ewwww! My clothes were so gross, I threw them in the washing machine the second I took them off. I was pretty sure they would have disintegrated if I let them sit in the hamper.
Humpback Rock has an elevation of about 3,000 ft. The peaks in Blue Ridge aren't huge in my area of VA, but they sure are beautiful.
Thanks for reading and sharing my journey.
Tell me where you last hiked or ran a trail!