Sandy Rumsey

 

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2021 Hike log

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2022 STATS

5,945 ' of Elevation Gain

2021 Hiking Log

Over 88,000 feet of elevation gain

Long Branch/Bear Branch/Bishop Branch Loop

December 31

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 335 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bearwallow Trail / Wilcat Rock Trail to Meadow

December 27

  • Distance: 5.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1115  ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Bearwallow Trail / Road Loop

December 26

  • Distance: 2.3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 594  ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Wolfpen Walkabout

December 25

  • Distance: 1.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 85 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Middle Prong Wilderness to Green Knob

December 24

  • Distance: 7.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1280 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

Wofpen Walkabout

December 21

  • Distance: 1.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 148 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Green River Loop

December 20

  • Distance: 4.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 650 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Trombotore Trail

December 17

  • Distance: 5.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1257 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Bearwallow Trail/Road Loop

December 14

  • Distance: 2.3
  • Elevation Gain:: 587 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

FSR 5058 to Buckhorn Gap

December 14

  • Distance: 9.8
  • Elevation Gain:: 1362 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Four Seasons Trail

December 7

  • Distance: 2.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 607 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 

Forest Road 5058 from Stables

December 5

  • Distance: 5.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 817 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Black Balsam

December 2

  • Distance: 1.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 354 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Bearwallow Trail Up and Down

November 30

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 604 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Flat Laurel Creek

November 25

  • Distance: 5.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 676 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

Long Branch Loop Clockwise

November 24

  • Distance: 2.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 335 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Turkey Gut Trail to Green River

November 19

  • Distance: 4.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1155 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate

Bearwallow – Wild Cat Rock Trail to Meadow

November 17

  • Distance: 5.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1079 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate

MTS: Mt. Hardy

November 14

  • Distance: 5.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 853 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate

Green River Gorge Loop

November 8

  • Distance: 4.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 669 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Up Alum Cave

November 6

  • Distance: 11 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2890 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Difficult

Mt. Pisgah

November 1

  • Distance: 3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 750  ft.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate

Green River Loop

October 26

  • Distance: 2.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 351 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate 

Green Knob from Bennet Gap on BRP

October 24

  • Distance: 2.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 650 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Bearwallow Road

October 21

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 577 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Daniel Ridge Loop and Road Walk

October 19

  • Distance: 6.3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 938 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate

Big Hungry Dam

October 16

  • Distance: .3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 20 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Turkey Gut Loop

October 16

  • Distance: 4.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 620 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate 

Coon Tree and Bennet Gap

October 12

  • Distance: 4.9 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1204 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Moderate

Wolfpen

October 10

  • Distance: 1.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 148 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Lower Half of Frying Pan Trail

October 3

  • Distance: 2.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 663 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy 

Trombotore Trail

September 30

  • Distance: 5.3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1250 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Mt. Pisgah

September 29

  • Distance: 3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 715 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate 

Bearwallow Road Walk

September 20

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 594 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Chimney Rock

September 14

  • Distance: 3.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1110 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Wagon Road Gap Picnic Area to Green Knob

September 12

  • Distance: 2.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 725 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Avery Creek Loop – Modified

September 7

  • Distance: 10.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 2169 ft.
  • Difficulty: Hard

Mt. Hardy Manway to Summit Trail

September 5

  • Distance: 2.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 640 ft.
  • Difficulty: Hard – Very Steep

Bearwallow Road

September 2

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bearwallow Road

August 27

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 590 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Elk Pasture Gap

August 24

  • Distance: 3.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1407 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderat

Coon Tree Loop

August 23

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1033 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderat

Bearwallow Road

August 22

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Tower Trail at Devils Tower

August 13

  • Distance: 1.9 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 187 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

North 40 “T”

August 11

  • Distance: 1.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 144 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Finding Cows

August 9

  • Distance: 0.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 79 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Cow Wrangling

August 8

  • Distance: 1.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 236 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

North 40

August 7

  • Distance: 1.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 102 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mountain View Trail Loop

August 4

  • Distance: 2.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 325 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Afternoon Hike – North 40

August 3

  • Distance: 2.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 233 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mountain View Trail Loop

August 1

  • Distance: 3.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 495 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mountain View Trail Loop

July 30

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 328 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

State Land up Lester’s Gulch

July 24

  • Distance: 1.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 249 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mountain View Trail Loop

July 22

  • Distance: 2.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 331 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mountain View Trail Loop

July 20

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 322 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

North 40 “T”

July 15

  • Distance: 1.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 141 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

North 40 “T”

July 16

  • Distance: 1.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 144 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Grassy Mountain Area toward Hwy 12

July 15

  • Distance: 3.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 692 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

North 40 “T”

July 12

  • Distance: 1.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 171 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Skidway Area

July 10

  • Distance: 3.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 758  ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mountain View Trail Loop

July 8

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 315 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

North 40

July 7

  • Distance: 0.9 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 102 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Top of Grassy Mountain

July 5

  • Distance: 2.3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 430 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Over Bearwallow to Wildcat Rock

June 25

  • Distance: 7.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1719 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah

June 23

  • Distance: 3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain:709  ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mountain View Trail Loop

June 13

  • Distance: 1.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 325 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mountain View Trail Loop

June 10

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 331 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Afternoon Hike on the T

July 7

  • Distance: 1.3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 184 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Afternoon Hike on “T”

June 5

  • Distance: 1.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 141 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Grassy Mtn FSR 583-B1

June 1

  • Distance: 3.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 938 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

North 40 Morning Hike

June 1

  • Distance: 1.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 154 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

North 40 Afternoon Hike

May 31

  • Distance: 0.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 112 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bridger View

May 31

  • Distance: 1.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 246 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Afternoon Walk: “T”

May 30

  • Distance: 1.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 157 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Morning Walk

May 30

  • Distance: 0.9 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 144 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

North 40 “T”

May 28

  • Distance: 1.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 148 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

North 40 Loop

May 27

  • Distance: 1.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 207 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Game Reserve Loop

May 18

  • Distance: 4.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 666 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Loop

May 16

  • Distance: 1.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 144 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bearwallow Loop

May 15

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 604 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

May 14

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Morning Walk

May 13

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 128 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Cat Gap Loop

May 11, 2021

  • Distance: 4.9 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1047 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Bearwallow Road

May 10

  • Distance: 2.3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Coon Tree Loop

May 1

  • Distance: 3.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1030 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Bearwallow Trail – Road Loop

April 29

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 587 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Trombotore Trail

April 26

  • Distance: 5.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1227 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Pressley Cove and Avery Creek Area Forest Roads

April 23

  • Distance: 5.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1060 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Easy

Turkey Gut – Stairstep Falls – Long Branch Loop

April 21

  • Distance: 4.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 633 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wildcat Rock Trail

April 19

  • Distance: 3.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1086 ft.
  • Difficulty:Moderate

Frying Pan Tower Trail from Pisgah Inn

April 14

  • Distance: 4.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1070 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Pisgah Inn to Summit of Mt. Pisgah

April 13

  • Distance: 5.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1165 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Wolfpen Walkabout

April 12

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Big Hungry River Dam

April 11

  • Distance: .3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 30 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Long Ridge – Bear Branch – Bishop Branch

April 11

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 348 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bearwallow – Wildcat Rock Trail

April 8

  • Distance: 4.9 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1056 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Elk Pasture Gap

April 6

  • Distance: 3.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1100 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Green Knob on Mountains to the Sea Trail

April 4

  • Distance: 3.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 840 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Mt. Pisgah

March 30

  • Distance: 3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 750 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Long Ridge – Bear Branch – Bishop Branch

March 29

  • Distance: 3.8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 594 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

FSR 5098

March 26

  • Distance: 5.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 801 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mt. Hardy Gap Manway to Summit

March 22

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 643 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Wolfpen Walkabout

March 21

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mt. Hardy via Mountains to the Sea Trail

March 20

  • Distance: 4.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 810 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Four Seasons Trail

March 19

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 758 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Sam’s Knob

March 17

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 558 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Mt. Pisgah

March 15

  • Distance: 3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 750  ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

MTS: Bennet Gap to Green Knob

March 14

  • Distance: 2.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 656 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy 

Long/Bear Branch Loop

March 13

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 348 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

March 11

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Elk Pasture Gap

March 10

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1404 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Daniel Ridge Loop

March 9

  • Distance: 4.9 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 856 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Elk Pasture Gap (Partial)

March 8

  • Distance: 2.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 576 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Middle Prong: MTS to Buckeye Gap Trail

March 6

  • Distance: 6.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 515 ft.
  • Difficulty:  Easy

John Rock

March 3

  • Distance:5.7  Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1066 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bearwallow Trail / Road Loop

March 2

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles
  • Elevation: 597 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bearwallow Road Walk

February 28

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

February 26

  • Distance: 1.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

February 25

  • Distance: 1.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

FR 5058 to Buckhorn Gap Shelter

February 24

  • Distance: 9.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1457 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Long Branch to Bear Branch to Bishop Branch Loop

February 21

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 341 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

BRP at Wagon Road Gap to Green Knob to BRP at Bennet Gap

February 20

  • Distance: 5.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1316 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

5058 – 5098 – Maxell Creek Loop

February 19

  • Distance: 2.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 492 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bearwallow Road Walk

February 18

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

February 16

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

BRP: Wagon Rd Gap to Firetower Rd

February 10

  • Distance: 4.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy Road Walk

Bearwallow Road Walk

February 9

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Forest Service Road 5058 to Buckhorn Gap

February 8

  • Distance: 8.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1368 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Road Walk

Wolfpen Walkabout

February 7

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

February 6

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Coon Tree to Bennet Gap Trailhead

February 5

  • Distance: 4.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1194 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Maxwell Cove – 5098 – 5058 Loop

February 4

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 489 ft.
  • Difficulty:Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

February 1

  • Distance: .7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 46 ft.
  • Difficulty:Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

January 30

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Maxwell Cove Loop

January 29

  • Distance: 3.3 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 722 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bearwallow Road Walk

January 26

  • Distance: 2.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 591 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Cat Gap Bypass Loop

January 24

  • Distance: 4.6 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 807 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bear Branch / Long Ridge Loop

January 22

  • Distance: 4.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 587 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

January 20

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

January 19

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wagon Rd Gap – MLK Day Walk on Parkway

January 18

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 75 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Long Ridge – Turkey Gut Trail Loop

January 17

  • Distance: 4.1 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 643 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

January 15

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Long Ridge Trail

January 14

  • Distance: 3.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 358 ft.
  • Difficulty:Easy Peasy

Bearwallow to the Meadow

January 12

  • Distance: 5.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1109 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Wolfpen Walkabout

January 10

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Bennet Gap Trail – Perry Cove Loop

January 9

  • Distance: 4.2 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1099 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Wolfpen Walkabout

January 7

  • Distance: .7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 60 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

January 6

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout

January 4

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 133 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Wolfpen Walkabout (half)

January 3

  • Distance: .7 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 60 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

MTS: Wagon Rd Gap to Penny’s Rock

January 2

  • Distance: 3.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 758 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

The picture to the left is my favorite picture. It was taken on an overcast spring day on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Although I usually take pictures with my iPhone, I used a Nikon D3200 DSLR for this picture.  Not bad for a novice.

Trillium Grandiflorum

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