The Roan Highlands

May 11, 2008

Now I'm getting up into the highlands. The last two days I've been up over 5500 feet. Saturday I walked up from a trailhead at 2800 feet to the top of Hump Mountain, a beautiful bald (the name for the open grassy tops of these mountains). Sunday I took a short cut, and drove up a little road, on the North Carolina side, to a high parking area for the Overmountain Trail (Revolutionary War history - if you're interested, also look up Sycamore Shoals).

I got up to the Trail just at the end of a storm. Here's the view of Jane Bald and Roan Mountain from Yellow Mt. Gap as the clouds are lifting. Soon after this, another black cloud came along and dropped hail on me!

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