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low gap shelter - appalachian trail database
"Stayed there on 9/11/06. Had it to myself. Shelter had mice so I opted for one of the camp sites of which there are several. Water was low so I had to make a pool with rocks to get enough to filter out of."
"many mice have learned to climb the bear lines. I also had a run in with a bear for a few hours there."
Steve Wahl, 07/24/07
"Hiking a part of trail with high brush on both sides, I rounded a corner and encountered a bear sitting on the trail. Bear was as surprised as I was and he/she turned and bolted. Wonderful memory; looked like a very large teddy."
"Shelter's not great, but it works. The roof leaks a little, and several people had mice in their food bags even up on the bear cables. Picnic table is VERY wobbly."
"I love that area. However, back in 96 my friend and I got back to the store at the base of Blood mountain and heard that there was a bear attacked that didn't end well, two days earlier than we were there (at low gap). We never got that verified, but freaky story though."
"Nice shelter exposed to sun in the afternoon. Great creek for water. This shelter is an easy walk from Hogpen Gap, but it's a pretty level walk to Blue Mountain Shelter 7.2 miles to the north."
Capt. Blood, 03/27/05
"Beautiful location, but overused. Waited out the rain here - 15 hikers in and around shelter"
"Heavily used shelter and camping area. Reliable water. There seems to always be alot of wildlife in and around this area. I have seen and also heard of bear near here. Summer of '03 had bats living in the shelter rafters."
"Very Simple. High step up into the shelter. The picnic table was pulled over to step on .
GREAT water source."
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