Ever since my daughter got engaged at the top of Dragon’s Tooth, it has been my desire to hike to the top. My husband tried it once but did not make it to the very top as the last leg of the hike has you scaling rocks.
After a successful hike with my friends this week, I was determined that I could do this hike today. Kids, dogs, parents with babies strapped to their backs, and people older than me have all managed to make this climb.
However, after I decided to do this, I read on a website that this hike makes McAfee’s Knob seem like a cakewalk (it isn’t). This gave me pause, but I was mildly optimistic.
It was a gorgeous day and the nature along the way was worth stopping for photos.
We had 6 or more creek crossings, some a little challenging after all the rain we’ve had recently.
The first part of the trail, while challenging, is certainly doable. It’s when you reach the Appalachian Trail (the last .7 miles) that it becomes quite a bit more difficult.
This is an understatement!
It was at this point that I was ready to give up, but after a short rest, we decided to go a little further. We didn’t want to get this far and return without at least getting a good view. So we soldiered on until I finally made the executive decision that I would not be able to get to the top. By now my knee is aching, my hips are burning and all I could think of, was how bad it would be if I injured myself a week before we leave for Europe (where we plan to do a lot of hiking). JG agreed, knowing that his previous attempt failed and he had serious doubts as to whether I should be trying it. So this was our stopping point:
Marked by this tree:
Part of me wanted to cry, I did not want to admit my limitations. But the smarter side of me was quick to recognize that I’m not 20 anymore. It was still a very good hike – about 4 miles, and we made it through over half of the challenging part, so it wasn’t a total bust.
Have you ever found you couldn’t make it to the end of this hike, or any hike? Please share with me so I won’t feel so alone.
P.S. – who brings a boom box on a trail (blasting country music no less) – it was rude and obnoxious – next time get some headphones!!