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Groundhog Creek Shelter

April 30, 2016

Mile 247.5, Elevation 2,828

 

Another short day to Groundhog Creek Shelter. With new provisions picked up at Standing Bear Farm and a lot of water making my pack extra heavy, I decided not to go any further than 7 miles.  It was supposed to rain, too, so it seems like the right move. The day's hike included a climb up Snowbird Mountain. It was approximately 2,500 ft up for 4 1/2 miles. A real brutal climb. There are pictures below.

There were some nice views from Snowbird Mountain as you can see in two of the pictures.  The building is a FAA radar facility on the mountain. Note the swirls in the foreground. They were made by helicopters. Technicians certainly weren't about to hike that brutal hike.  The other two pictures are of the trail on the way down.

 

As it turns out, rain started around 5:00 PM and continued through the night. Fortunately, I stayed in the shelter, so I don't have to deal with a wet tent in the morning.

 

It seems I picked up "something" at Standing Bear Farm. It required several trips to a really nasty privy at Groundhog Creek Shelter. I'm not happy about this.

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