New map 7/2/16 New text & photos from my reblazing walk 7/1 tomorrow
The walk up the trail from the creek crossing also has a nice stretch through pine woods as well as one of the oddest straight stretches of wide 4 wheeler road bounded by brush I would hate to have to try and penetrate. The flora is constantly changing along the trail.
Lee mine (fluorite) is barely even visible on this map, (there at the crook around the last “e” in “Shawnee” on the map) and much less visible on the trail. Just South of the main shaft off the trail next to the creek is an airshaft also plugged. There is a pasture behind the bluff the mine is up on and the sloped roadbed running up from the road the trail is on. When I was here a couple of years ago there was a great spot to pitch a tent up there just past where the main building was on the former drive way with a nice open sky above. It has grown up a lot since I took these photos., Not really worth the trip up there, but a place to put on the map.
All this talk about road & roadbed is pretty fancy for no more than what is still evident. Yet it makes a nice halfway point for the trip, though you may well walk by the site and never see it. There are no signs at the location and just a faint track where 4 wheelers have used the old driveway slope to access the top of the ridge.
First you have another fun creek crossing. Actually it would be very difficult to climb out on the steep side if it weren’t for the conveniently placed tree root ball.
Water shoes recommended in case of sharp objects. Too bad I forgot. Again.
So assuming you find the airshaft and walk up the driveway bed to the top of the low bluff, here is what you will see.
Well, it was a nice place to camp anyway. There are some odd building foundations and a few head scratchers up there.
There are some nearly unmarked stretches above Lee Mine. You can’t get too lost as there are pastures on both sides of the mile or two wide woods areas above Lee mine but it is a little un nerving walking along with no visible trail whatsoever to see. Follow your compass and look for markers at the roads. The relief when you spot one is welcome.
Yes, Pic #8 is the road on the map. Some of them aren’t really roads in the literal sense, more like the past tense.
Then you finally get to the old River to River trail East intersection. It looks from the sign that the E’town trail is just a spur trail. Several hikers have not paid attention and walked onward towards battery rock on the eastward hike when they were wanting to go to Elizabethtown.
I’m sure the second sign was supposed to clarify this. Maybe a third sign would help.
I have hiked to Battery Rock since I made that Google Earth map. The trail to Camp Cadiz is somewhat overgrown but very hikable, no worse or better than the rest of the trail and I did some blazing where needed to camp Cadiz. I have a page on it.
After the River to river split, you will come to a large junction and gravel parking lot at the end of an access road. The trail heads West from here.
High Knob made the sign. You are getting close when you reach the abandoned cabins. Only force of habit is keeping them up.
High Knob has some great views. There is also a very nice trail around the base of the high knob bluff. That hiker sign you see on the West side of the High Knob Access road between High Knob and the R2R trail puts you on it. Lots of CCC steps down and up the other side. Looks like there was a camp at the base of the bluff at one time. That’s where they found an old CCC era picnic table made of half logs from the CCC days recently.
Smiling stump is to your left off the retaining wall as you are looking at the vista from the top of High Knob. I looked in vain for the stump but looks like they threw all the cleared trees into the slot canyons below the bluffs. I guess we can’t all be Einsteins. Too bad they ruined those canyons for exploring & photos.
Have your wife pick you up and pose for a photo up at High Knob. There used to be a tower here like the one at Trigg Tower. Nothing but the leg base concrete left but a nice picnic area at the top. High Knob is accessed by driving through the horse campground. Took me awhile of driving back & forth in frustration to figure that one out.
My next map is Map #3 High Knob to Garden of the Gods to the best vista in the Forest. Look around at High Knob, then head West towards the Garden of the Gods. I’ll meet you on Page 4 Map #3 I promise Fall colors on the next page instead of late Winter blah colors.