Philmont Crew 3 Shakedown Hike
02/20/16

We hiked the Tar Jacket Ridge loop for our Philmont Shakedown Hike. The views were fantastic! There was still a little
snow on the ground in the shadowy areas. The road to the parking was tough--rocky and muddy. There were a lot of people
 at the meadow when we arrived (with slushy snow covering the road completely), but other than one trail-runner (doing 18 miles!) we saw no one else on the entire hike. 

 The trail was pretty muddy. The hike was strenuous for the 2 adults--the Scouts did fine. There are a lot of tough ups and downs for the adults, but it was a great trip. We camped at the Seely/Woodworth Shelter on the Appalachian Trail. It was pretty muddy around the shelter. We were alone at the shelter and had plenty of places to camp. The water source was fairly close (not as close as Johns Hollow), and it was flowing nicely with all the melting snow.

The next day just as it started to rain, we started back on the Lovingston Spring Trail. The Lovingston Spring Trail was well marked, and we had no trouble following it at first, but we did miss one. We followed a forestry road, and after a while, we saw the trail again. It was a great hike back to the AT and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
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