I have spent hours and hours reading posts here and following links..... I have 2 real fears -- meeting a bear! and cliff ledges when walking (I don't really hike) ..... my palms began to sweat when I saw a photo posted on a blog of the narrow 'very close to the ledge' of a portion of HIghland Trail.......omg..... I had read it was narrow near the Garden Wall area. Is this close to the trailhead? I seriously cannot walk that portion -- guess I could just turn around and wait on hubby to go to Haystack and return to me....that is as far as we would walk this one.
And then there are the bears...... yeah, I know you are thinking then why am I going??? I love scenery and breathtaking views and seeing animals in the distance or on the other side of a fence. ;) Since we are not hiking more than 2 1/2 miles from a trailhead what is the likely hood of bears being that close? I am just curious if that is mainly for the hikers going 5 or more miles deep into the Park???