The “Pennsylvania Rocks” of the Appalachian Trail are legendary. It’s not that other parts of the Appalachian Trail have no rocks, but in Pennsylvania, they come in every size and simply can’t be avoided. When you look at a piece of trail like this, you envision turning your ankle. Imagine walking on this for 12 to 18 miles a day, day after day.
Six years ago, two days after I took this picture, we decided to end our thru-hike. It wasn’t the fault of the rocks – I lived in Pennsylvania for many years and was accustomed to such rough-on-the-feet terrain – but they certainly didn’t make the going any easier.