5 hours 44 minutes
approx. 1,250 feet
I parked on the shoulder of Highway 18 at the gate on Road 35900, near the Tiger Summit trail head.
This pleasant old logging road petered out in a slash pile. After that I headed cross-country, south toward the watershed boundary.
High-quality lowland brush. This section between the old logging road and the watershed border had the worst brush of the trip.
The brush just outside the watershed border was not so bad.
The watershed boundary was marked with a continuous line of these concrete fence posts strung with barbed wire.
I found devils club thorns in my bicep when I was taking a shower after this trip. I also had some thorns in the soles of my feet!
The summit of Taylor Mountain was this gigantic slash pile.
While pushing through brush, I was stopped by a particularly bad section of brush. I tried to shove through but it held me back. Closer inspection revealed that I was trying to push through this barbed wire hidden under the brush.
I continued SE toward Brew Hill, skirting the watershed boundary. Unfortunately, I discovered that the boundary has expanded eastward since my map was made and has completely engulfed Brew Hill. I followed the new boundary east for a while, eventually it became very brushy and I gave up.
It started snowing heavily on my way down.
I was happy to see Highway 18 and to know that I would soon be in my heated car!
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.