I’d seen a lot of good pictures of this one. And this time it was a new group I was going with. So, even though the ones I’d already done were AWESOME, I didn’t want to repeat any of them. To my 3 companions, Sean Dyke, Kwan Shin, and Kim Bowman, any hike was going to be new. SO we decided on Humpback Rocks coz I hadn’t been here before. And this was on the 26th of March.
Nothing crazy on the drive up, we just had to take 64 and then Blue Ridge Pkwy and that took us straight to the parking lot. But this time we started at around 8 in the morning from Richmond and I had not yet completed my beauty sleep. But anyways, the parking lot is a bit off from where the trail starts. And the walk from the parking lot to the base of the trail was interesting. There were some peculiar buildings, well…they were rooms/huts rather than buildings, but peculiar still. Clearly abandoned, there was this one that kinda looked like what could have been a bathroom at some point and Sean used that to imprison himself (and then me too, insert racist joke here).
We started the hike. It was going to be fairly short, only a mile one-way. But the elevation, oh the elevation. We had to stop oh so many times on the way and we had used up most of our water by the time we reached the top. We stopped a few times on the way to take a breather, but mostly because of Sean, coz he is not as fit as he looks (not that he looks super fit :D). But it was quite a hike. The elevation gain in the 1 mile of trail is almost 800 ft. So I don’t blame him.
We reach the top after a mostly uneventful hike. But there were soooooo many people up there. I suppose it’s popular coz it’s short and it might also have been so crowded coz the real estate up there is pretty small. Once you reach the top there are 2 rocks that you can set camp on (well not literally). We took the one on the right coz it had more people (more people = better view logic).
The view of the surroundings from there was good at best. But we still hadn’t seen the “humpback” view of the mountain, the view we had gone there to see. It was supposed to be all spiky on the back but we saw none of that. However, it was a really good spot for a “standing on the edge of the world” photo. So we did that and set up camp for a bit, given how exhausted we were from the hike.
We had some food there. Had a long entertaining conversation with this random yet friendly couple thanks to Kwan. Sean played with their dog. It was funny too. The dog had a stick that it would place in front of Sean and as soon as Sean would even move a muscle to pick it up it’d grab it. Sean eventually learnt to trick it by using one had to distract and the other to pick the stick up. So that was an entertaining little show. The dog kept going towards the edge and almost slipping, giving all of us a heart attack a few times.
We then decided to switch rocks. And it was the second one that had the “humpback” view of the mountain. We took a lot of pictures there. Found a bunch of off the road spots to take really good pictures. And I realized that surprisingly not everyone can do a good french model pose as easily (I can , of course :)). This part of the hike is better explained with pictures.
Once we had our fill of taking pictures, we started heading back, took a few detours from the trail on the way back. Sean even fell, but apparently we all missed it. Once back to the parking lot, we all wanted to use the bathroom, BUT IT WAS CLOSED. We could’ve waited until it opened but it was going to open in May and I didn’t want to miss watching the snow melt in the Walmart parking lot. SO…
We had another leg to the journey, but I don’t recall a whole lot from it. So I will write about it if I do end up remembering anything significant. But that was our day at Humpback rocks. Enjoy the pictures!