Wow, it was a windy night camped out at 5,400 feet. I had brought my lighter weight bag to save bulk, and it was just warm enough with the bag liner. I would guess that it got down into the 30's, but above freezing - a far cry from 15 on the Priest two years ago and 18 last year near Furnace Mountain. It took Hawkeye and me some time to get going in the morning. For one thing we needed water, so I made the 0.2 mile trek (each way) to the spring. Coming back up from the spring, climbing a fairly steep and rocky path with my arms full of water bottles, I tripped on a rock and went down like a ton of bricks. I have never fallen while hiking that I can remember but I surely did on this day. I was very lucky not to get hurt because I fell flat on my face.
Eventually we had breakfast and packed up, and hit the trail. And a lovely and fairly easy trail it was! We hiked on the Appalachian Trail for a while, going right past the turn-off for Mount Rogers that I did the previous evening. Eventually, we turned on to the Mount Rogers Trail (that is the name of the trail - it does not climb the mountain) and then on to the Lewis Fork Trail, which goes through the Lewis Fork Wilderness. The latter is not marked but still has some fading orange blazes from time to time. Here's the route (in black, starting near the bottom of the map and curving left, then up, then right.) Remember that the trail for the first day is in blue. The summit of Mount Rogers is in the lower left of the map. In the top right, you can see a short track heading west where we made a mistake by not checking our topo map to get the right trail:
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