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Last weekend, before my Sods trip, I did a BP in Va's Ramsey's Draft Wilderness.  A rugged, remote, area in GWNF.  This trip also marked my first trip as a hike leader for midatlantic backpacker's meetup.  We lucked out with clear sunny skies, and temps in the high 60s.  We car camped at the trail head Friday night and then started bright and early up the draft to Hiner Spring.



first good view of the draft...


trail was badly washed out in the bottom, so we had to perform a bushwack and Indiana Jones-esque log crossing to regain the trail.  everyone had a blast.


The draft was pretty high and some of my vertically impaired hikers were up to their waist.  I like to call this picture, "...by whatever means necessary."


a much needed lunch and sock wringing at the intersection with Jerry's Run.


this was getting old.  I lost count after about 16 crossings.


otherwise the trail was in pretty tip-top shape.


side-trip to Hardscrabble Knob.


camp in the bowl area above Hiner Spring just off the draft trail.


shenandoah mtn trail on the way home was a gentle joy and much needed break.


special thanks to MrHyker for trip map and description!  :)
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On my list for this year. My father used to hunt this area when I was a kid. He always talked about the big Hemlock groves upstream. Most of them are gone now from what I hear.
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I thought(hoped) I would see one healthy Hemlock, but sadly, the last living ones didn't look too good, and will most likely not make it through the year.
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Sweet. That is being added to my list of must do hikes.

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aseege,

I take it from your TR that there wasn't much in the way of tree blowdowns from Sandy or other storms? Or had there been and the trails had been cleared? I'm trying to get some trail beta on the Laurel Fork, VA area and can't get anything. The Warm Springs Ranger District said no one has been into Laurel Fork this year and that they had bad blowdowns in their area. They couldn't even tell me if FR106 was open. Geez!

Since Ramsey's Draft is fairly close to Laurel Fork I'm hoping for some leads. Thanks.


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Hemlocks are falling like crazy over there but I was pretty impressed.  95 percent of blowdowns were chainsawed, and all harsh vegetation was cleared.  What logs we did scramble over were fresh falls - and that was only the draft trail.  The SMT was 100 percent clear.
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