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Old Nov 21, 2015, 6:54 PM   #1
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Buzzard Rock (also called Roy's Rock), at the far northwestern corner of Rocky Fork, and Whitehouse Rock, at the far southeastern corner, both offer fine views of this wild landscape. I recently had the opportunity to lead a 16 mile loop hike through Rocky Fork, that included both overlooks.
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Old Nov 21, 2015, 6:55 PM   #2
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Enjoying Whitehouse Rock requires a short, but steep hike up the boundary. It's a great place to watch the sunrise.
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It was also a great spot to enjoy the autumn foliage.
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Old Nov 21, 2015, 6:57 PM   #4
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Even though autumn is our driest season, there was plenty of water in the clear trout streams.
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Our hike offered many opportunities to discover the diverse flora of this wild land.
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I had checked the trail about a week before the hike, on a very bright sunny day.
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On the guided hike date, clouds moved in before we got to Buzzard Rock (about 8 miles from the start of the hike).
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A week's time, and change in light, sure makes a difference in the view!
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The return portion of the loop is mostly downhill, so we were moving along at a good pace. We did take time to notice these late-season blooms. Witch Hazel is probably the last flower of the season, often blooming into the early winter!
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Hope you enjoyed the hike, and thanks for any comments and suggestions!
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