4/29 Day 43

From Sarver Hollow Shelter we hiked along a rock slab ridge. We descended 1,600 ft to a shelter for lunch and climbed 1,600 feet to reach the Audie Murphy Monument. The monument was erected in memory of WWII most decorated soldier who died in a plane crash on the spot years later. After our climb to the monument, we descended 1,600 ft to a creek where we took a break before our final climb to Dragon’s Tooth. The climb to Dragon’s Tooth wasn’t terribly difficult but was exhausting after the demanding day we had so far. The climb down Dragon’s Tooth was down near vertical rock faces and took much longer than we’d all anticipated. We did see our first blooming Rhododenrons as we descended. We stayed the night at 4 Pines Hostel, a donations accepted hostel set up in a family’s 3-car garage. They had couches, cots and tenting areas as well as shower access. We hiked a total of 22.8 miles for the day.

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