Wolf’s Haven is at about the 3,800 foot elevation on Sheepback Mountain and we have a “lake” which is more like a small, natural reservoir that feeds our creek at about the 4,900 foot elevation of our 5,000 foot elevation mountain.
Last year Cindy and I drove part way up the main road to an access trail so that we could do what should have been a short hike to the lake. The only problem being that our extraordinary map-reading skills caused us to hike past the trail we needed to get on to get to the lake four(!) different times.
This year, Cindy said she had asked around and found that we could walk from Wolf’s Haven, out to the main road and then up a short trail and we could be at the lake in “no time” following this trail.
Famous last words.
The hike downhill took, of course, less time than the hike up to the lake and we ended up with a roundtrip of 4 hours and 5 minutes to hike almost 7 miles. Partway through the trip back down the trail it began raining and there was some lightning, but we avoided most of it because we were under a heavy canopy of trees and vegetation.