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Angleworm Hiking Trail
by BearBurrito

Trip Type: Hiking
Entry Date: 09/19/2014
Entry & Exit Point: Angleworm Lake (EP 20)
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
My first solo backpacking trip
Day 1 of 3
Friday, September 19, 2014 I drove up from Fargo Thursday night and stayed in Grand Rapids, I was up early and to the ranger station in Ely by 9 to pick up my permit and watch the wonderful video. Drove up the Echo trail to the angleworm trailhead, and got final checks of gear done. I was on the trail by 10. It was overcast and cool when I left which was great for hiking, not so great for pictures since the fall colors didn't show up very well with the low light. It rained off and on the whole day Friday, which made the rocks very slippery, I was very glad I had brought a trekking pole. The trail was in great shape, easy to follow, and above water, Spring creek was barely flowing when I crossed it. Got to camp at Whisky Jack lake around 3, and spent almost an hour getting a fire going with everything soaking wet. It was weird being on my own for the first time, since I had to do everything. After getting a fire started and dinner on, I set up camp, my first camping trip with a hammock, I will never go back to sleeping on the ground. Camp set, I ate the hobo dinner I packed and fished for a little while, nothing but small bass. It started raining again about 7, and I spent the rest of the evening sitting in my hammock under the tarp reading. About 1 am a really nasty thunderstorm passed through, and I was a little worried being alone, but I got up and checked my tarp, everything seemed fine and I was dry so I laid back down and let the wind rock me back to sleep