Originally Posted by zukiguy
How close can you get to the campsite by car?? Is it possible to drop off some "splurge" items to bring into camp such as a cooler, dutch oven, charcoal, etc? It's kind of hard to tote 30 extra pounds of goodies to share on your back, even on a short hike.
The closest that I am absolutely sure you can get is Pat's Island.
That being said, I'm looking at Google Maps, and there appears to be a turn off of FR 33 (that's the old numbering system; I'd have to look at a more current map to find out what they changed it to) called "Hidden Pond Short" on the satellite map. It looks
like a straight shot, about two and an half miles long, to the FT just north of Hidden Pond.
I've never been down that way (I think
I remember there being a side trail there, but I'm not absolutely certain), so I have no idea how overgrown the trail is. Honestly, for shaving just a mile off of the trip, I don't think I'd try it unless someone has had personal experience with that one...
On the other hand, I'd be willing to play pack mule on Saturday, if you want, zukiguy. The DIY pack is completely capable of handling that much stuff and some water for a seven-miler in the morning, and I could probably use the exercise.