Backpacking & Charit Creek Lodge
Exploring and fun is on the horizon with our Woman2Woman Retreat. Our Confidence Skills Classes will be conducted during the hike and at the location of our tent sites and lodging facilities. Here is an overview of what to expect on this 3 day/2 night trip.
Friday, May 11th – 9:00am
We will meet promptly at 9:00am at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.
All will drive to the Charit Creek Trailhead – drop off a few cars – then shuttle ourselves to the Sawmill Trailhead to begin our hike of approximately 4 miles making our way to Jake’s Place Historic campsite for the night.
Throughout our day of hiking we will stop to enjoy the 60 foot waterfall known as Slave Falls, view the thin and delicate sandstone Needle Arch and venture into the Indian Rock House. Huge rock shelters in the area were once used by Native Americans, early settlers and niter miners … we have the opportunity to explore them!
Our campsite for the evening is the historic Jakes Place … the old homesite of Jake Blevins and his wife, Viannah. This couple settled in the area around 1885 and their farm included a grist mill and a blacksmith shop. Here they raised 5 boys and 4 girls … now, only the lower portion of the rock chimney is all that remains of the Blevins House … we will camp near this historic site.
Saturday, May 12th
Our new day begins with a gradual 500 foot ascent out of the Station Camp creek drainage up to the Twin Arches. The geological features of both the North and South Arch are truly some of the most impressive rock arches in the eastern United States. We will be taking our time to explore this area before heading down to the Charit Creek Lodge ending our day with approximately 3.5 miles of hiking.
Charit Creek Lodge is graced with charm and history. Her main lodge was built in stages in the early 1800s. The corncrib, huge barn, stables, kitchen and bath house were added over the next century. As other families up and down the valley abandoned their homesteads, their log cabins were numbered, dismantled, moved to Charit Creek and reassembled for various offspring and their families.
The farming operation was abandoned in 1963, and the buildings were operated as a bear and boar hunting lodge until 1983. When the National Park Service closed that use, it became a youth hostel for 20 years. For the last decade it has been a back country lodge. The only way to this rustic gem in the wilderness is by hiking or on horseback. A glimpse of her beauty …
What can we expect at the Lodge … please read the following.
Our home-cooked dinner (provided) is served family style and will be served at 6:00pm.
Sunday, May 13th
Prepare for a bight and early home-cooked breakfast (provided) served family style at 8:00am.
The Lodge is nestled on the valley floor … our cars are parked up on the ridge. Leaving the Charit Creek Lodge, we will take our time hiking up the 1.1 mile portion of the trail ending our wonderful weekend together!