Day 25 – Max Patch Is Overrated!
Sure people describe it as heaven on top of hill but is it all that it’s cracked up to be?
Absolutely! It’s an epic and magical place, I’m probably going to take a zero tomorrow and soak it all it in.
I started a new audiobook today, called “anti-fragile”, and there is an extensive chapter about certain books becoming wildly popular because they had been banned or had highly negative reviews. So I figured I’d rouse the masses by throwing shade on the infamous Max Patch. Not that it needs it for popularity sake, it holds it own very well.
Today was a little over 14 miles and 5000 ft in elevation gain to arrive at Max Patch with an hour or so to spare before sunset. I caught up with “Hatch, Sip, Soda, Rabbit, and Stan” fairly early in the day. We hiked the remaining 10 miles together. It’s the first time since Georgia I’ve been in a group larger than 4 or 5 hiking all together. It was a great day and the vibes all around were prime.
The arrival at Max Patch had a fairly steep approach but as you crest the bald, the whole place opens up and you can see rolling hills and mountains for miles. We could even see to the Smokies where we just came from literally yesterday. Now close to 25 miles of trail hiking away, they seem like an eternity from us.
We took our shoes off and laid in the grass on top of the bald taking in the views. I took a Timelapse of the sunset until it was nearly dark. The rest of the gang walked down the hill to find a campsite in the trees. I stayed back watching the colors of the sunset shift and smolder. The last group of locals struck up a conversation with me as they were leaving. They gave me a beer to enjoy, leaving me as the last person on the mountain. I even considered cowboy camping there under the stars alone.
Instead I put on my headlamp and headed a short distance down the hill to set up my tent. We’ll be back in just a few hours for sunrise. My alarm is set for 6am. Night all.
Stow away in my pack for day 26 on the Appalachian Trail.
You can follow Derek on Instagram @barkleycharles and view Max Patch Timelapse’s.
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