RPH Was a Highlight of My Day

Today was our last day on trail. It ended up being a half day of hiking.

View of the Beach at Canopus Lake from Shenandoah Mountain

When we awoke there were three deer eating in the tenting field. They kept their distance, but continued grazing.

Canopus Lake from Shenandoah Mountain

It was cold this morning. I didn’t want to get out of my quilt.

We climbed up Shenandoah Mountain. There were views overlooking Canopus Lake. At the summit there’s an American flag painted on the rock slabs in memory of the 9-11 attacks.


Shenandoah Mountain

I was excited to see the RPH shelter. I’d seen it on many AT videos. It didn’t disappoint.

Approaching RPH

The RPH (Ralph’s Peak Hiker Cabin) shelter is close to a road, so you can order pizza or Chinese delivery.

Inside RPH

RPH had mowed lawns, a garden, tables, chairs, and a covered patio. And of course, the famous feet coming down from the ceiling. There’s a convenient water pump as well. The sign does say to still filter the water.

Even the RPH Feet Are Sporting Altras

We met a group of three section hikers, Rock Hater (formerly Rock Hopper), Grandaddy (formerly Grandaddy Longlegs), and Just Greg. We talked for awhile. Two of them were former thru hikers.

The Back of RPH

We encountered a few light sprinkles, which was much better than the forecasted rain, high winds, and thunderstorms. This was the sunniest day overall during our hike.

Sign at RPH

Several months later, when I looked at the photos the of the vegetation at RPH, it was much more sparse than I remembered. The gardens at RPH had looked so vibrant and alive to me after a long Maine winter. Seeing plants springing to life in APRIL! gave me hope that spring would soon come to Maine.

I Was So Happy to See These Colorful Flowers

I didn’t recognize our car when we arrived back at our destination, the AT parking lot off NY Rt 52.  I thought we still had further to go. We hadn’t seen any hikers, except at RPH. I saw our car and thought, “Someone else is out hiking. We might run into them!”

The AT Adjacent to RPH

Now our car is very plain and common, but the bigger reason is that we came into the parking lot in a different way than I was expecting. In 2018, I had finished a south bound section hike at this same parking lot. But the trail had gone right through the parking lot at that time. A small, reroute had happened since then and the parking lot is now slightly off trail. It doesn’t take much to throw me off.

Bunks Inside RPH

After arriving at the car, we cleaned up as best we could and headed to the Mountain Top Deli, a half mile down the road from the parking lot. We both had meatball subs for lunch before driving home. Our trail miles today totaled 10.1 miles.

A Picture of Comfort… RPH

The Grounds at RPH

Canopus Lake and Beach from Shenandoah Mountain

View from Shenandoah Mountain

View from Shenandoah Mountain

Another View from Shenandoah Mountain

Water Source for RPH

The Grounds of RPH





I like to get outdoors and enjoy life. I hike, snowshoe, run races, travel, camp, and sometimes just sit.

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