I haven't gone off trail at that point. I've measured from where the trail does a 180. Snooks Nose has a bunch of stunted, old growth, but nothing large. Most of the ridgetops in the Curtis Creek area are old growth. The rompous bowl, where you found large tulips, is pretty close to Snooks but is a cove beyond the small stream by Snooks Nose. There isn't too much in that cove from what I could see. I checked out a trail heading south from Snooks Nose. That is a dead end. It does have rich soils but they were harvested in the last 30 years. 90' skinny tulips are everywhere.
If you want to see some nice old growth, go south of Lead Mine Gap. Chestnut oaks dominate and get pretty large. It's a bit of a bushwhack. The big red oaks I found are an easy hike from lead Mine Gap.
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