We soon set off to our destination. About an hour away, my GPS took us to a random gas station in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception, of course. We drove around until we found service and eventually found our way to what we thought was Big Schloss.
We came across a sign labeled Wolf Gap, just before the border for West Virginia. The parking lot was full and all of the campsites were occupied. We found a spot tin the mud that the Kia could handle, I grabbed my adventure bag, and we were on our way. We followed a group of people to the blazin orange trail across from the campsites and started trekking through the snow and mud.
From my little knowledge of Big Schloss, it was supposed to be a short walk to a lookout over the mountains of West Virginia. About a mile in, we realized we were not on the right trail but we were too far to just turn back. The trail took us over a mountain where the sun warmed the air, but quickly the trail turned to snow and our Nike shoes were not having it. We spent most of the hike slipping up the mountain, needless to say it took a while. But finally we crossed paths with another group of people and they said we were almost to the top!
About 2 miles in, we climbed up a steep incline followed by a steep set of rocks covered in ice and snow. After an intense hike filled with sweat and Megan’s complaining, we finally reached the top. The view was breathtaking. The sky was crystal blue and there wasn’t a single cloud in sight. We sat on a rock that looked out onto the horizon and found serenity.
The hike may not have been where we intended to go, and we may have not been as prepared as we should have been, but it was well worth it and I highly recommend this hike (preferably not in the snow).