here's information on the trails taking you from wolfpit rd to the top of shortoff mtn.
i up loaded a picture of that section of map.
also i did a drawn map because the topo dosen't show the trails the way they actually are.
both maps will show up larger if you go to the camp outs gallery.
you can see wolfpit rd on both maps, ending in a loop turn around. if your vehicle has a little clearance & you have some skill at maneuvering rough roads, you can park at the loop. you'll see were people a been parking along the edges.
SUVs should have no problem but be careful of rocks & don't stop or slow down to much in the large puddles<g>.
i have driven a mini bus & a volvo sedan in there, but i probably shouldn't have<g>.
if you want you can find a place to park just past the last house, before it gets rough. and you could walk it just to check it out if you like, just don't park in the road.
you can see on the drawn map where the trail starts.
when you get to an intersection in the trail go strait ahead & you will then be on the MTS trail (white blaze).
as for water, you will cross a spring w/ a pipe in the trail (seen on the drawn map as a blue dot just to the left of the word "shortoff").
but there should be water closer to camp.
note the shallow, spring fed pond on the drawn map & the trail across from it.
the spring across from the pond has been the best source, but several large blow downs have covered the trail a short ways in. so you have to try to see where it's going & go around.
it can be a challenge to find the spring trail past all the blow down, but when you do, it soon becomes easy to follow again to the spring.
just pay attention to where you came from.
the pond it's self can be used too & if it has water in it, that would be much easier. it's just easy to stir up silt there.
as far as places to camp, i put on the drawn map the cliffside camps that i love to use, but if the wind is bad, you may want to retreat back into the woods.
make a mental note of the several camp clearings w/ good trees you see after you get on the MST in case you decide to go back to one.
there may be a place for hammocks on the spring trail.
but you need to at least see my favorite spot. it's about a 5 minute walk past the shallow pond. just keep an eye out for a trail on your left & it will take you over to the cliffside camp.
from that camp you can walk out onto a large rock for a great view of the gorge!
let me know if you have more questions. ..tim