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Stairs

This was my first backpacking trip for the fall of '01. I usually wait until the days are cool and the nights are cold, near the first of November, as this reduces the number of people on the trails. I started at the parking area at the Koomer Ridge trailhead. The campground was still open and there were people camping in at least two of the designated areas. I did remember to get the overnight parking pass that has been required the last two years.

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Shelter

Ten years ago, my son and I discovered this great backpacking area, and have returned almost annually since that time. There was one big difference this year, the weather. Normally, the temperature is in the 20's to 30's, with an occasional frozen stream. This year the temperature was 60 degrees.

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Bouldering

In spite of the recent fires in eastern Kentucky, we were able to take our annual fall hiking trip to the Cumberland Gap National Park. One of two National Parks in Kentucky, (Mammoth Cave is the other) CGNP is located in Harlan and Bell counties along the Kentucky-Tennessee-Virginia border. The CGNP boasts over 50 miles of hiking,

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Laurel Fork

The Clifty Wilderness is one of the more remote and less traveled areas in Kentucky. It was this quality that led us to do a thru-hike of the area from Mariba Fork, located in the northern part of the wilderness, downstream to the concrete bridge near Gladie cabin over Labor day weekend.

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Trail View

Sometimes you just gotta have your cake and eat it too. In this case, I was looking for a short, one night trip that would provide ample scenery and no crowds. Sound impossible? Well if you travel to Clear Creek, just south of Cave Run Lake, hikers can see plenty of wildlife, scenic cliff lines, a natural arch, and a little bit of history without all the crowds found in the nearby Red River Gorge.

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