Kings Mountain National Military Park is along the North Carolina/South Carolina border. We hiked the Brown Mountain Trail in and out for a total of 5 miles. With the exception of a hill towards the end, the hike itself was not too strenuous. This was the fall so the leaves were changing and falling.
|The sky is amazingly clear in this picture considering the fact that it was cold and drizzly when I left my house at 6 a.m.|
Crowder's Mountain is near Gastonia, North Carolina. We hiked the Pinnacle Trail in and out for a total of 3.4 miles. This hike was a bit more strenuous than Kings Mountain. There was a climb towards the end of the trail going in that concluded in a scramble over some boulders. I would have felt bad had I not completed the boulder scramble so I did it. But I was beat and clearly, woefully, dreadfully OUT OF SHAPE. The boulders at the end were not the only rocks we had to contend with. This brings me to a decision I made after the Kings Mountain hike that made the Crowder's hike much better .
|What do you mean I just have to scramble over this?|
My feet were killing me after the Kings Mountain Hike. I wore sneakers. These sneakers are plenty supportive for cross training, walking, and jogging. As a matter of fact they took me through the Bridge Run this past weekend. They are not 3 hour shoes though. RueLaLa put Columbia on Final Sale and I was able to snag hiking sneakers for a very small price. So I went from this
Both hikes were instrumental in me committing myself to at least one hike a month and so despite drizzly weather and hurt feet, I was hooked.