We set out to make it to Lance Creek Campground for the night, 16.2 miles away from Hawk Mountain. Because of so much recent bear activity in the area, a bear canister law was set in to affect for a five mile stretch from Jarrard Gap to Neels Gap. The black bears surrounding Blood Mountain had become so good at getting in to camp and retreiving bear bags from the trees that hikers had to camp with bear canisters. We decided to try for the full 16.2 so we could get as close to that area as possible to avoid having to sleep on that stretch. We had a beautiful day to hike and made it to the campground by dinner.