April 24, 2007
|Today's hike was on the Bartram Trail starting at the Camp Pinnacle Access Trail and connecting to the Bartram Trail at Courthouse Gap continuing on to Warwoman Dell for lunch . This was an out-and-back hike of 9.4 miles.
HIKERS - John Bellamy, June Bellamy, Phil Brownrigg, Jack Jacobi, John King, Bruce O'Connor, Jeanne O'Connor, Dan Ross, Dave Standard, and Carole Wintle.
TRAIL INFO. - This is a beautiful section of the Bartram Trail that includes two very nice waterfalls and lots of lush forest land with abundant wildflowers.
The trail is moderately hilly.
Directions: Take Warwoman road out of Clayton for .8 miles, and you'll see a sign for Camp Pinnacle. Take a left turn off Warwoman Road onto Pinnacle Dr. Follow that road all the way, 1.1 miles, passing the camp, to Courthouse Gap Road. Take a right, and go .2 miles until you see a gravel road, with parking areas beneath power lines. Park there, and walk up that road about a tenth of a mile, over one culvert, until you see the trail heading left, up some rock steps, just before a second culvert.
Another great day for a hike! Partly to mostly cloudy with a light shower after lunch. Temperatures from the low 60's to low 70's.
Hiking distance - 9.4 miles
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM:Flame Azalea, Pinxter Flower, Catesby's Trillium, Vasey's Trillium, Foam Flower, Sweet Shrub, Dog Hobble, Yellow Root, Rue Anemone, Meadow Rue, Robin's Plantain, Round-leafed Purple Violet, Yellow Violet, Lobed Violet, Bird's-foot Violet, Halberd-leafed Violet, Star Chickweed, Bluets, Dogwood, Rattlesnake Weed, Wild Ginger, Wild Geranium, Yellow Star Grass, Cinquefoil, Hearts-a-bursting, Perfoliated Bellwort, Golden Alexander, Green and Gold, Dwarf Crested Iris, Iris verna, and Hooked Buttercup. .
BIRDS IDENTIFIED: Pileated woodpecker, Redbellied woodpecker, Carolina wren, Chickadee, Redeyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tufted Titmouse and Turkey Vulture
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Our starting point near Camp Pinnacle.
The new sign at Courthouse Gap.
Martin Creek Falls!
Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia) .
Another great day for a hike!
Iris verna (top) and Iris cristata (bottom)
Becky Branch Falls!
Pinxter Flower (Rhododendron nudiflorum),
This sign is located where the Bartram Trail crosses Warwoman Road.
Lunchtime at Warwoman Dell!
The OFHC gang for today's hike. (l-r) Jack Jacobi, Dave Standard, Phil Brownrigg, Carole Wintle, Bruce O'Connor (seated), Jeanne O'Connor, June Bellamy, John Bellamy, Dan Ross, and John King.