I have never attempted bushwacking. Until today. Check it off the bucket list!
This was no easy feat. We chose the hardest, steepest route solely because we could walk to the attempted route from the camp. Except we didn’t know this was the hardest steepest route until our way back down…
This trek started off simple. A simple stroll down a dirt road with great views of Lake George and Rogers Rock as we passed camps and docks.
At the end of the road we met a metal gate closing off the road and a nice wide (and flat) trail. This trail would take us to the remains of a ranch and to Flat Rock.
From here we began our official bushwacking. We used the Gaia GPS app on my phone as a guide to know if we were headed in the right direction. I also would plot waypoints in the app by taking photos of unique nature things should we need to re-trace our steps back.
Since I’ve never bushwacked it was an experience, but one I’d gladly re-do. I do appreciate trails, but there is something about the unknown and the peacefulness of being in the backcountry that makes it really cool.
This was probably one of my favorite sections. When we reached these large rocks, I searched left and right for the best way up them, we chose right, which allowed us to climb up gradually, but not without some challenges of squeezing between rocks and trees and climbing up some rocks.
Soon I saw in the distance something blue – that provided us with such joy and happiness!
There are two areas that provide views. This is the first to come to, and provides a view of Anthony’s Nose and Lake George, as well as some mountains on the west side of the lake. Here we took some time to sit, rest and have a snack.
The second overlook is a little more in the trees, but does provide a view of Rogers Rock.
When we decided to head down, I was able to select our starting point and choose to guide to that spot. The GPS provided a straight line that would guide us on the way down. We hoped this route would be less steep.
One of them started off the actual trail at the top. Of course, signs were posted to say not to go that way, but we did anyway…
Finally we made it back to the road!