I'm planning a hike for me and a friend of mine. Its been a long time since either one of us has backpacked. My wife and I do a lot of camping, canoe/kaying and dayhiking with our kids so I'm not unfamiliar with the outdoors but do have a few questions that I'm unsure about. I may ramble on a little so bear with me here.
Distance & Time
We are either starting at Ashfield Road or Bake Oven Knob Road and ending at Hawk Mt Road near the Eckville shelter. We Plan to be dropped of around 3 or 4 pm Friday afternoon and ending sometime Sunday afternoon.
Where to leave from?
If I figured right, From Ashfield Rd it should be 19.8 miles and from Bake Oven Rd it should be 16.4. We would like to do the longer hike but are not sure if we have enough time. My wife and I hiked to the Bake Oven Shelter last weekend (because all this talk about backpacking got me excited), I knew PA is rocky but they slowed our progress some. We are not looking to break any records. We would like to take our time, explore the lookouts, stop an hour or so before sunset to set up camp, lounge around, and probably won't hit the trail in the morning with long shadows.
What do ya think????
We are unsure of how much water to carry also..... I have a bladder plus I planned on taking a 2qt canteen and a Nalgene(sp) bottle. I have a few Mountain House meals left over from a canoe trip I did a few years ago and planned on taking those so I know what I need for those.
Any help here????
Any other help, info or thoughts would be appreciated as well.