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    Default Balsam Mountain trail conditions...

    Has anyone done it lately? I haven't in years, but I'm thinking about doing it from Laurel Gap up to Tricorner early next month. The last time I did it, it was overgrown in places, but that was long, long before the BMT connected to it...

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    I hiked that stretch three weeks ago on the 11th to be exact. the trail was in great shape and very pleasant hiking. Not a lot of climbing just a casual stroll. Laurel gap is a s**t hole and the dirt floor floods in heavy rain. the water sources were all good.

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    I remembered the trail that way also, except, of course, for the overgrown parts. As far as the shelter, we'll be bringing tents, since we'll probably be staying at Sterling and a couple of other places, so we could tent outside. I wouldn't expect "the law" to show up there, when there're much more populated places needing policing. (Like where were they when we had a bunch of permitless at SPG Monday night?)

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    I did it Memorial Day 2008 and do not recall any overgrown areas
    The trail was here before we arrived, and it will still be here when we are gone...enjoy it now, and preserve it for others that come after us

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    I did it last in 1974...

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    I remember the hike up TO Balsam Mountain trail as a bit of a butt kicker. Once you're there I was able to stay out of the mud and horse manure by walking on the boards that were laying on the trail.
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    It's my favorite trail in the park. It's never been overgrown anytime I've hiked it in the past 15 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    Has anyone done it lately? I haven't in years, but I'm thinking about doing it from Laurel Gap up to Tricorner early next month. The last time I did it, it was overgrown in places, but that was long, long before the BMT connected to it...

    I was just looking at my photos from jan when i did that trail. the branches dripped on me the whole way it seemed, just wind or melt i guess. it was not raining.

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    Years ago, my wife and I set out to do Slickrock in April. When we arrived at Big Fat Gap and parked, it started snowing. We did an instant change of plans and started up Hangover Lead instead. In the upper part, the rhododendron were heavy with snow and we were still using frame packs at the time. Anyway, the same thing was happening to us - the frames would nick the branches and dump snow down our backs. We finally stopped and put on our rain jackets. I hike that trail again a couple of years ago and it was in appalling shape. The USFS has let it go to hell in a handbasket. It's so washed out in places only a relocation can save it...

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    Don't know about the part you asked but I hiked it from Laurel Gap down to the road at Pin Oak Gap yesterday and it was beautiful!

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    We ended up hiking from Sterling to Laurel Gap, but we didn't head up to Tricorner. The Sterling ridge trail was a bit overgrown in some areas. We had to push brush out of the way. I was surprised, since it's part of the BMT now...

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