Mount Aeneas - Panoramic Mountain Views & Close Encounters With Goats
Distance from Mt. Forge: 1 hour 30 minute drive
We attempted to do this hike in April of 2020 and we found out the hard way that snow doesn't melt that high up in the mountains until WAY later in the season. This hike is really only accessible from late July to October until the first snowfalls start to come.
We made the trip out in August 2020 and it was incredible. The hike is a steady incline with the first 1.5 miles through thick woods. Then it starts to open up and once you hit the ridge-line, the views become spectacular. We were absolutely mind-blown upon seeing the panoramic views.
About halfway through the hike you'll come to a section with 3 different trail options. DO NOT take the middle option. This path is clearly steeper (and therefore shorter). We elected this option and it was the steepest and most physically brutal section of hiking we've ever been on. It's not a bad choice for the way down, but going up be sure to choose the path to the right that is a longer but much more gradual incline.
Shortly thereafter, Nicole started singing a "billy goat chant" in hopes of making one appear. Much to my surprise, less than a minute after she stopped singing, we saw a beautiful white creature walking up the trail ahead of us. A group of hikers up ahead stepped off the trail and let him pass, we knew he was coming our way next. He stayed right on course and walked immediately past us as we stepped off to let him pass by. It was an incredible experience seeing wildlife that close in person!