Only Yada and I turned up for the scheduled hike at 8am. We decided to alter the plan since the logistics didn’t work for only 2 of us. We drove over to the start of the Pilgrim Trail, and had gone up about 1 km. when we decided to do some exploring. A well marked trail on the right, which Dorothy and I had eyed, had been used recently by a group leaving a shredded paper trail. We followed that for perhaps 1 km. crossing 3 almost-dry stream beds until the trail disappeared on a wide rocky area, so we retraced our steps. (Yada managed to find and pick 3 different kinds of edible mushrooms, Thai style!) Again about 100 meters along the trail another well marked trail on the left beckoned. This also had been marked by the shredded paper group, and after about 1 km. came to a clearing with 3 possible trails. We chose the middle one, still following the paper trail, and it continued in a SE direction descending gradually for another perhaps 2-3 km. to a dry stream bed which we followed for another 50 meters before it too ended. On retracing our steps to the point where we had met the stream bed we found another trail going more to the east, and like the others had handfulls of shredded paper marking it. After another 1-2 km. the trail began descending steeply, even having an untrustworthy handrail, and this led down to a paved road which eventually brought us out into the Galare restaurant area. I don’t believe any of the trails we followed are part of the Galare loop we have done before. It was about 10:45 at this point and we didn’t feel like going back the way we had come so continued through the compound, around the lake, and back to the starting point where we had parked. Report by Janet.
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