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steve seivard
(sseivard) - F
St mary's wilderness area on 10/08/2010 20:28:39 MDT Print View

Thinking about heading up here next weekend. Is it crowded?

Jenny Simchock
(framelessbob) - M

Locale: R.D.U
St. Mary's hiking on 10/10/2010 04:52:31 MDT Print View

Your talking about the area in Va.? The next month will be crowded. Dayhikers going to the falls from the top [brp} and the bottom. Campsites uptrail from falls and at the top around the pond.

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Re: St. Mary's hiking on 10/10/2010 07:31:22 MDT Print View

I disagree. I've hiked this area several times in all seasons and it is rarely crowded principally because it is a wilderness area which means it is overgrown and isn't a high traffic area to most casual backpackers. At best, I've run into a couple people doing geocashing and a few scouts, none of which are doing the full loop or staying the night. The leaves won't be changing for another 2 weeks or so. I just got back from a 2-day trip in SNP and it was packed with tourists, most of whom barely left the parking lot.