late summer hiking…

I haven’t forgotten the existence of my blog, but just I feel that the rush and hush of everyday life consumes one mentally.  I am the kind of person who likes to write and read, when things are kinda peaceful and calm and when there is plenty of time to relax and think; but that blissful state is very rare to find, unless a conscious attempt is made to find time to write.   Back to what I have been upto this year, I did another trip to Utah to finish up the hikes I missed last year in Canyonlands and Arches National parks.   Have been day hiking in the local VA/ DC area trails every opportunity I get.

Recent one was the White Oak Canyon/Cedar run trail in Shenandoah National Park.  There are several options to do this hike, but I did it from the White Oak Canyon parking lot near the Weakly Hollow Road on a wet day.  Its amazing to start the hike on a rainy wet morning, surrounded by dark green leaves and woods pretty quiet with drops of water dripping from the leaves.  The hike to the White Oak upper falls is about 2.5 miles with several switchbacks and lots of rocky patches.  Once you reach the upper falls, you can either go around the footbridge and continue one to the Cedar run trail which would make a loop hike or could turn back the same way.   The elevation gain is about 1000ft for a 3 mile hike going up, but the cool thing is you will be hiking along the waterfalls and there are several pools along the way to dip your feet on a summer day.

Enjoy the few pictures..DSC_0002




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