A night on Wilburn Ridge in Mount Rogers National Recreation Area

June 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

This year I talked my wife into spending her birthday with me up on Wilburn Ridge! (plus we got to finally try out our new tent from Big Agnes!)

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  I really like getting up here during early June for the Rhododendron bloom every year.  This particular area is pretty incredible.  Many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers claim that this is one of their favorite sections of the trail.   

This year, the rainy weather has really held back the bloom.  I think the bloom will probably peak about a week after our visit.  That said we still got to take in a nice view of trailside rhododendrons.

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hiking mount rogershiking mount rogersImages of Grayson Highlands State Park,Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and the Appalachian Trail. We set up camp on the first peak of Wilburn Ridge.  There is a nice view all around and a small dip in the center protects the tent from most of the wind.  I snapped this photo as dinner was cooking.

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The sunset that night was as good as it gets pretty much.  Lots of great light, beautiful blues and pinks... and I got to hang out with the wife!

Below, you can see the ponies milling about below our campsite.

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Watching a lone pony make its way across the meadow... hiking mount rogershiking mount rogersImages of Grayson Highlands State Park,Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and the Appalachian Trail.

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A few AT hikers hike by a tent on the Appalachian Trail below where we camped. hiking mount rogershiking mount rogersImages of Grayson Highlands State Park,Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and the Appalachian Trail.

A panorama of our tent in the Appalachian Mountains. hiking mount rogershiking mount rogersImages of Grayson Highlands State Park,Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and the Appalachian Trail.

Looking up at the second peak of Wilburn Ridge(the highest peak with the hugest views) hiking mount rogershiking mount rogersImages of Grayson Highlands State Park,Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and the Appalachian Trail.

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