It took me a little longer to get this posted than I wanted it to. I had to get the video edited and I’ve been swamped this week. I’ve decided to add a new challenging hobby, like I don’t have enough hobbies, lol. This will allow me to be outdoors and in the woods a little more as well as to get my son outside more. The first hike I decided to try was at Crowders Mountain, NC, last Saturday. I went with a friend and my son, the friend brought his 2 large dogs along for the adventure. I’ll go into detail about what app I used for tracking my hike and my daypack on another post.
I knew this would be a challenging hike for my son as he doesn’t care to walk for long distances. It was also going to be a challenge for me, since it was my first hike. The hike starts out on a gradual slope and isn’t too bad for the first mile or so. The trail we took was called the Pinnacle trail. From about a mile to the top the incline starts to get steep, then once your almost at the very top you have to climb up a few rocks.
My son wasn’t too happy once we were about a mile in. He started to complain his backpack was hurting his shoulders. I took the backpack off his hands at that point. He started to get tired towards the top, but once we made it he was happy about it. It was almost like a party on the mountain with all the people that were at the top. I ended up running into an old co-worker, which was really neat.
For my son going downhill was the hardest part. He tended to want to speed up and took a few spills, but was ok. I’m glad I purchased a small first-aid kit. He cut his pinky slightly on one of the spills. A bandage always makes him feel better. I had also purchased some walking sticks from Amazon.com that help us out. It kept me from hitting the ground a few times. You’ll see in the video above where I almost took a spill trying to walk and navigate the camera. I did notice for my hike I took way to much water. It was a perfect day and in the high 70s. I could see needing more water if it was warmer out.
I’d recommend this hike for any first time hikers or experienced hikers. It’s a great view once you get to the top and you’ll be proud you made it.
Click on the map below for a detailed overview of the hike.
-1027 ft elevation gain
-1 1/2 hours
A few pictures from the hike.