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[ft-l] Re: Short hike in the ONF - Juniper parking
- Subject: [ft-l] Re: Short hike in the ONF - Juniper parking
- From: email@example.com (C and/or M Daunhauer)
- Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 21:15:17 -0400
- References: <200110231702.f9NH2Fq96551@edina2.hack.net>
The wilderness area north of Juniper Springs is one of the nicest stretches in the ONF. Not long ago, a friend and I walked N. from Alexander Springs, to Juniper, and then on to Hopkins Prairie (25 miles).
We did, as I remember, pay to park a car at both ends. Peace of mind, I guess, more than anything. At our jumping off point (Alexander Springs) there is a sign in process that the campground host conducted. I have no doubt she would have called the local Sheriff's department had we not returned by dark on the day we said we would.
As was posted in a previous message, Hidden Pond is a good source of water (filter or boil) but don't cheat yourself by camping there. Continue north for a bit and you will come to some dry (still?) grassy prairies that offer better spots. If you do it right (as Colin Fletcher advises) you can pitch your tent in a position that will be warmed (and you awakened) by the beautiful morning sun.