Mtn. Harbor Hostel to Damascus

After 395 miles, I crossed some of the most beautiful section of trail to date.
The Laurel river and Lake Watauga areas are simply gorgeous. Would love to come back with family and slack pack in either direction.
The weather this week was perfect. Sunny with a slight breeze to cool you off after a climb. A welcome change after the snow on the 1st up on Roan mountain.
After circling Lake Watauga, the trail became a series of rolling, easy, gentle climbs and descents.
The threat of rain pushed our tramily to try for Damascus in 4 days. Skiptown made it by doing a 26 mile day Friday. I stopped 2 miles short at 24 miles and pitched my tent for the night.
Made it into Damascus yesterday and this town has some very friendly people. Staying at Lady Di’s B&B.
Best bed so far on trail, and the breakfast is fabulous. Ate at the local diner last night and it was like eating at home. Delicious!
Taking a few days off now as my left ankle is sprained, so RICE it is. Lady Di has a few ice packs in the freezer that she has given me to use.
Trail Days here in Damascus isn’t for another 2 weeks so won’t be here for them, but the music lineup looks great.
Oofta sW a bear on trail yesterday morning- lucky!
Still awaiting my first encounter.

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Comments 4

  • Lady : May 8th

    Happy to hear Lady Di’s place was so welcoming and comfortable. It goes along with the name! Rest those ankles and don’t overdo it. Have a good week and be careful of the Bears.

  • Pat McElligitt : May 8th

    Sounds like an amazing journey !

  • Steve Tulley : May 8th

    Any baked clams on the Diner menu?

  • Jack Tulley : May 8th

    Sorry to hear about your ankle. Don’t push it. Glad to read all your great descriptions of the trail. Sounds like it’s everything you hoped it would be.


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