Day 0: The Approach Trail

We survived our first day of hiking! We began hiking at Amicalola Falls State Park with Tom from New Hampshire and two guys from Hawaii. We signed the registry at the visitor’s center and weighed our packs. I’m thru-hiker #391 on the season and my pack weighed in at 36 lbs with food and water. A few pounds heavier than I wanted it to be, but hopefully I’ll be able to shed some pounds.

The beginning of the hike was the toughest. Climbing 600 steps up to the falls. It was kind of intense, but it didn’t take that long so no bigs. The rest of our 9 mile hike today wasn’t bad at all. It was a clear, beautiful day on the Approach Trail and we were content hiking in longsleeve shirts for the day.

We made it to the top of Springer Mountain and the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail around 2:30, signed the registry, and took some photos. A beautiful view from the top of Springer. We only hiked .2 miles on the AT, but I’m glad that we decided to do the Approach Trail. We had a good day.

We made it to camp shortly thereafter and are camping by ourselves tonight, which is just fine for us. We’ve met a lot of awesome people and we’re looking forward to getting to know everyone better and meeting other thru-hikers as well. We’ve meet people from all over the US and even a few people from Maine!

A bit of soreness in my legs and I feel a blister that may be starting on my left foot, but I’m going to take preventive measures tomorrow for that.

We’re looking forward to some warmer weather tomorrow.

I don’t think we could have had a better first day on the trail.


5 thoughts on “Day 0: The Approach Trail

  1. Great start! Btw, I saw your post on my niece’s Facebook page (she lives in Maine) and I decided to follow your trip since I have read almost every book written by people who have hiked the Trail. It is something that has always interested me. Wishing you luck, strength and fun! Julie

  2. Great job! I’m using your posts to educate Sydney on the AT and the stops you post along the way we are going to look up, so there will be some geography in there as well! I think you are both amazing!!!

    1. That’s an awesome idea, Tracy! There’s a great map you can buy on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy website that you might like to use in your geography lessons with Sydney. It’s a long narrow map of the trail and it’s pretty neat. Clout has one hanging in his room if you want to see what it looks like.

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