Sunday, September 18, 2011

One more mountain to hike

Sunday morning we hiked up Scaley Mountain.  There is a parking spot not very far from the top of the mountain so it is a fairly easy 3 mile roundtrip hike.  The trail begins an old road which was flanked by an impressive stand of fall wildflowers (Joe-Pye Weed, Goldenrod, Sunflowers, and Rag Weed).  The trail winds upward through the forest, passing through a rhododendron tunnel.

As we climbed higher we passed through several small exposed rock balds that were surrounded by rhododendrons.  I have to come back to see them in the spring when they are in bloom!  At the top the rock balds are larger and provide an excellent viewing of the surrounding valleys and distant mountains.

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