Listened to the caps lose to the blue jackets on the fm radio in a thunderstorm while solo backpacking. would definitely do again. not a soul in sight
I concocted a hike where I climbed Richardson Knob first (via bushwhack), then Signal Knob, then Meneka Peak, then Peak 1881 (via bushwhack).
Did a loop from Elizabeth Furnace. Went up the Signal Knob Trail then over Maneka Peak and back down the Bear Wallow Trail which was also the Big Blue Trail back then and now the Tuscarora Trail. Done the same loop at least a couple of more times since then.
I had originally planned to drive up Forest Road 66 in Little Fort Valley, park, and hike to Signal Knob and Meneka Peak. I knew that March 20th was after the third Monday of March when the dirt roads were supposed to reopen. Much to my chagrin, I realized that I had been looking at the 2010 calendar. So, I hiked up to Big Schloss instead and came back on April 2nd.
I made rapid progress over the first three miles, and then somewhat more slowly over the last mile to Signal Knob. I took in the views of Strasburg After eating lunch on the summit of Meneka, I headed down the Tuscarora Trail back to FR 66. I saw a few hikers shortly after the summit, but I was all by myself on FR 66 both to and from the car.