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    Yep, true shoulder season. You could have snow or be 70. I plan on winter quilts and adjust clothing at last minute.


    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    How much you all want to bet we're carrying winter loads----well except for Spamburgler, he took on the Smokies in winter with what appeard to be a summer loaded Ohm
    This like the BSF hang will set another record, largest number of hangers covering miles over several days.

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    I am coming in shorts and no shoes! :0 JK Depending on weather may be wearing the 5 fingers though.

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    hmmmm on the no shoes

    reminds of the bare foot sisters on the AT...'garless the connector trail will be fun barefoot

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    I sure hope it isn't 70*! I was up in the park the other weekend and it dipped into the teens. I'm a fan of nights around freezing and days in the forties...but I'll take whatever for good hiking and "hanging out" with good peeps.
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    Looks like I will be in the Gulf the same weekend, however, I will have a couple of clients with me so I doubt I will be piggy backing your trip. However, these guys are all noobs to hanging so I am sure they would love to see your gear!

    Hopefully our paths will cross or even parallel. My plans are Friday in at Savage Gulf Ranger station to Hobbs Friday evening, we will then move to sawmill for Saturday night and day hike to Stone Door and back, moving camp Sunday to Stage Coach and day hiking the Collins gulf trail, then hiking out Monday. I think Friday nights converge but I am unsure of our trail head start time as we have a 8 hr drive in front of us.

    Who knows the hiking time from the ranger station to Hobbs?

    swank

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    Quote Originally Posted by swankfly View Post
    Who knows the hiking time from the ranger station to Hobbs?

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    Approx 8.5 miles with small elevation changes. If you think you are going to push dark take the North Plateau Trail it is about .5 longer but flat (fast). No one will fall into the gorge on that trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by hangnout View Post
    Approx 8.5 miles with small elevation changes. If you think you are going to push dark take the North Plateau Trail it is about .5 longer but flat (fast). No one will fall into the gorge on that trail
    Yes, I am aware of the distance, but there's 8.5 miles and then there is 8.5 miles....I have not hiked that stretch in a long time and don't remember it at all. You think average fit hikers can cover it in 3-4 hours?

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    The North Plateau to Hobbs Cabin is about as easy as it gets so I would think most hikers would be able to complete in that time. The North Rim trail is rocky in places with more up and downs so it probably is closer to the 4 hours. Group dynamics are always different as you know so I was just trying to provide trail info



    Quote Originally Posted by swankfly View Post
    Yes, I am aware of the distance, but there's 8.5 miles and then there is 8.5 miles....I have not hiked that stretch in a long time and don't remember it at all. You think average fit hikers can cover it in 3-4 hours?

    swank

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    Quote Originally Posted by swankfly View Post
    Yes, I am aware of the distance, but there's 8.5 miles and then there is 8.5 miles....I have not hiked that stretch in a long time and don't remember it at all. You think average fit hikers can cover it in 3-4 hours?

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    I did Ravens Point to Foster Falls in under 3. It's similar (right around 8.5) and there is a gorge to deal with on the Fiery Gizzard, however, as Mark mentioned group dynamics can change that. Also, I'm not known for lolly gagging either.

    I won't tell you not to hike at night, but the rangers frown on it and signs clearly state against it, so be stealth if you do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftroop94 View Post
    I did Ravens Point to Foster Falls in under 3. It's similar (right around 8.5) and there is a gorge to deal with on the Fiery Gizzard, however, as Mark mentioned group dynamics can change that. Also, I'm not known for lolly gagging either.

    I won't tell you not to hike at night, but the rangers frown on it and signs clearly state against it, so be stealth if you do.
    I just did that section today, and minus a lunch break and did it in about 3:45. When I hiked the 8 miles from Savage Gulf RS to Hobbs Cabin back in October, I covered it in about 3:50, including a short lunch break. I'm not much of a speedster any more, but a hiker in sort of decent shape can put their head down and make the first day's hike in 4 hours.

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