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Shades of Death

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

Back on January 25, Sarah and I hiked the Shades of Death trail at Hickory Run State Park. It’s hard to believe it was that long ago; I’ve really fallen behind here.

We used snowshoes, but in this case we could have gone without. There was snow, but it wasn’t very deep, and there were a few narrow sections where the snowshoes actually made it harder. On the other hand, the added traction from the crampons was much appreciated during some icy parts.

This was a truly beautiful hike — the trail followed a stream, which was frozen over in some parts, and passed some impressive rock formations and waterfalls. It started snowing on our way back.

We may have turned around too early: we thought the trail ended when we reached a blocked-off bridge. But looking at the map again, I think the trail may have continued past the bridge. We probably could have found a way around. Oh well.

Sand Spring Run


Waterfall, with some weird blue ice at the base

Rob, enjoying himself

Small waterfall – the woods were green with massive quantities of rhododendron

The trail goes through a crevice in the rock


A layer of ice, suspended above the creek

Snowy rocks and creek

Me — dig the new glasses?

The creek again

Looking down from above the waterfall

The creek, lined with pines

5 Responses to “Shades of Death”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I dig the new glasses! You look great!

  2. tim Says:

    Go Rob!!

  3. Doug Says:

    I’m diggin the new glasses…..and that reminds me. I got in to see my Ophthalmologist for an update on my prescription last October just before my accident. I never did go and ge new glasses ordered.

    Gotta do that. Looks like a wonderful hike.

  4. Eric Says:

    The post title led me to expect that you were seriously ill or something. Nice that it was a bunch of pretty pictures instead – looks like a beautiful hike!

  5. Marty Says:

    Looks like a nice hike on a rather morbidly-named trail! Love the pic of Rob, btw.

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