I went on an overnight backpacking trip with some friends: Caleb, Justin and Brandon. Our destination was Devil's Marbleyard. We started at the James River Footbridge, a 600 feet-plus pedestrian only bridge, the longest on the AT. We started Friday night and hiked into Matt's Creek Shelter. The first two miles were easy. The shelter was taken so we set up tents. The next morning began with a steep 2.5 mile ascent. The trail then leveled out for a short bit before jumping on Belfast Trail, which was marked with a trail sign. We descended slightly before dropping into the Devil's Marbleyard, an 8-acre pile of rock scattered down the mountain. The Marbleyard is a must see for any serious hiker in Virginia. We scrambled our way to the center of the marbleyard to grab lunch. I decided to break out my inner mountain goat and hoof it to the top. It was a fun scramble. Going down was much harder than going up. The finish was a short mile or two to the trailhead, where we had another car waiting. Another great weekend with friends.