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  • More trail blazes, ticks and mud

    Embrace the mud was today's theme.

    Sam the puppy and I hiked from Deep Creek Rd trail head to Alligator Tram Rd trail head and back. Mission was three fold. Replace missing trail blazes and add new ones as needed. Hike a section of trail I have not hiked in two years and lastly, let Sam run the trails, something he loves to do.

    Last time I was on this section of trail was when I was scouting out wet and muddy sections of the trail to recommend where a new boardwalk(s) might be needed. My recommendation was that this whole almost 3 mile section needed to be a boardwalk. As that was not practical I did recommend that the worst mud hole on this section ( and worst of the whole trail ) get a boardwalk. One time when I hiked this section I encountered mud/water up to two feet deep in this section. As the underbrush is so thick along the side of this section of the trail, it is almost impossible to bushwhack around it. Now it has a nice long boardwalk that allows one to navigate over the mess. In my opinion it the boardwalk should have been about another 50-100 feet longer at the southern end but as it is now, it is far better than what it use to be.

    Still found plenty of mud and water and almost lost one of my shoes to it but at lest the trail was hikable.. Sam enjoyed the mess as he spent his time playing in the water and mud and running back and forth thru it letting his inner Lab come out.. When we got home I had to hose him off.

    Found several ticks on me while hiking and when I got home the wife did a tick check and pulled about 6 seed ticks off of me.

    Did not see any other hikers on the trail.

    Have a bunch of pictures I will post when I get them off the phone.


    Looking west towards Deep Creek
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    Mile Marker 6.6 is located to the left of the above picture
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    Looking east from Deep Creek Rd
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    The mission was to replace trail blazes such as these
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    Sam checking out a creek that runs by the trail. He decided it was too much trouble to go for a swim
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    Saw lots of signs like this on the south side of the trail
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    And this type of sign
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    View of the trail
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    More pictures of the hike...

    One of the muddy areas... was able to walk along the side of the trail...this is good compared to some of the other sections along this part of the trail.

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    Sam trying to figure out how to navigate the tree....he ended up jumping over it ( Sam weights 105 lbs and is almost 18 months old )


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    But first he had to check out the water

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    Looking north at the above section of trail....

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    Scat from a large animal....maybe bear ??

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    Sam has to check out every mud hole / water patch we come across...he ended up running back and forth thru this section several times meaning he approves of it as a place to play

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    There are two boardwalks on this section of trail and this one goes over the largest mud hole on the whole trail. Before this boardwalk was put in, I have hiked thru mud / water up to 2 feet deep here.

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    On the boardwalk heading east


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    Looking west on the boardwalk


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    Looking east from Alligator Tram Rd....Blackjack shelter is about 1.5 miles in this direction.

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    Forest Service forgot to take this sign down from when they were working on clearing brush along Deep Creek Rd earlier this year and the Deep Creek Rd section of the trail was closed

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    Another of the many soggy sections....I have seen this section completely under water for as far as I could see down the trail

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    My dainty size 16's did get a bit wet and muddy on this hike.....( yes I have big feet )

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    Close up of the mud.....

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    The only spot along this section of trail where you could set up a tent...space is about 15 x 6 feet. No good spots to set up a hammock along this section unless you want to block the trail. That is the trail to the right

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