Doodad, 93AThiker and I hiked a 50mile section of the Foothills Trail last week (10/25-10/29). The section of Burrells Ford via the Fork Mt trail to Laurel Valley was right at 50miles and was what I wanted to celebrate my 50th birthday on the 29th. Unfortunately, Doodad was shorted 12miles as his birthday was on the 26th.
Was a great time on a beautifully rugged trail. Colors were just really starting to turn and there were plenty of leaves still on the trees. Still, there was some leaf drop and I felt like that in some places, a few weeks later and we'd have had some trouble finding the trail. Probably not, but seemed like it could be an issue.
FLRider in his excellent trail report a couple of weeks ago had described some parts of the trail as being designed by a sadistic mountain goat. I have to say that description is not quite accurate. More like a sadistic mountain goat on METH!! But combined with many pleasant flat parts, it was all good.
Here are pics to prove it happened...