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Hiking, Southeast / 17.08.2014

This is an out and back overnight backpacking trip along the Chunky Gal trail from Glade Gap on NC Highway 64 over Boteler Peak and on to Little Clay Knob. After camping on top of Little Clay Knob, I hiked back to Glade Gap. This hike was approximately 20 miles round trip. Much of the trail past Boteler Peak paralleled a road. This is a well blazed though sometimes overgrown trail. I saw no other hikers over the weekend. Boteler Peak has two nice vistas, one of Lake...

Colorado, Hiking, Western US / 10.07.2014

On July 10th I tackled two 14'ers at the same time. Grays and Torreys peak can be easily picked out from the Frisco area where I was staying. From Frisco, look east toward Keystone and pick out a rounded peak on the right with a pointed peak just to the left. It is a fairly easy hike down the saddle of Grays Peak and back up Torreys Peak as long as you have the energy and stamina to reach the top of Grays Peak. Getting there: Getting there is a little...

Colorado, Hiking, Western US / 07.07.2014

On July 7th I hiked from Frisco to Eccles Pass and back along Meadow Creek trail and the Gore Range trail. Here are the photos. [caption id="attachment_1184" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Beaver Dam with Red Peak in background.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1182" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Beaver Lodge[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1180" align="aligncenter" width="640"] The view opens up into high meadows. Somewhere in this meadow is the intersection of Meadow Creek trail with the Gore Range Trail.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1179" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Crossing snow. There wasn't any difficult snow crossings on this day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1178" align="aligncenter" width="640"] View west from Eccles Pass....

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 03.06.2014

This 2 day solo backpacking trip covers a walk from the road below Purchase Knob into the GSMNP to Mckee Branch and Boogerman trails returning via Caldwell Fork trail to camp at Caldwell Fork (Campsite 41). Return the next day via Hemphill Bald and Cattaloochee Divide trails. This hike had several areas with enormous Poplar trees (Boogerman and Hemphill) and open views at Double Gap and the Swag. Historic piled rock walls could be found along Boogerman. Purchase Knob area included old Ferguson Cabin. [caption id="attachment_1098" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Giant...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 13.04.2014

Around January 1978, my cousin, Mike Bowden, his friend, Jim Bowers, and I set out for a couple of day hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains. This is told as best I can remember about 33 years later. I was 17 years old, Mike 16 years old. In all we covered over 20 miles, but I think I might have slid on my butt one of those miles coming down the snow slicked Alum Cave trail from the summit of Mt. Le Conte. [caption id="attachment_1051" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Clockwise from...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 24.11.2013

This outing had two parts with two locales. First, I day hiked a loop from Twenty Mile ranger station to Gregory Bald and back. Next, I hopped into the mini-van and drove to Abrams Creek ranger station and finished the day by packing to Little Bottoms campsite for the night. The next day and half were spent hiking parts of the Abrams Creek, Cooper Road, Hatcher Mountain, Cane Creek, and Hannah Mountain trails that I hadn't already hiked. All that is left for me to hike in the...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 11.11.2013

This 3 day solo backpacking trip covered trails on the north and west ends of Cades Cove including Rich Mountain Loop, Ace Gap Trail, Hannah Mountain Trail and Rabbit Creek Trail and comprised 38.9 trail miles. My van and bicycle was used to position among trailheads on Cades Cove Loop road and Parson's Branch road. Getting There: Nearing midnight on Thursday, I drove past Tremont and on to the end of Middle Prong Rd where I slept in the rear of my Sienna mini-van. It was a dark starry night...

Cohutta and Frog Mountain Wilderness, Hiking, Southeast / 20.10.2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Bushwhacking Big Creek Trail - 14.1 miles Getting there: From McCaysville, GA continue through Copperhill, TN to Highway 64. Take Hwy 64 west to Ocoee water tower. Cross dam and continue on Forest Service (FS) Rd 45 for 3 miles to FS 221. Turn right and go 0.9 mi to Big Frog Trailhead on left. FS 45 and 221 are narrow gravel roads in satisfactory condition. Route - Day 1 Low Gap Parking to Low Gap via Big Frog Mountain Trail - 2.4 miles Low Gap to Grassy...

Cohutta and Frog Mountain Wilderness, Hiking, Southeast / 23.09.2013

September 22, 2013 This was a 11.9 mile day hike up Fork Ridge Trail to Big Frog Mountain and returning along Licklog Ridge to the east of Fork Ridge. [caption id="attachment_796" align="alignleft" width="640"] View of Fork Ridge from Licklog Ridge.[/caption]                             Started hiking at 7:30 AM and finished at 1:30 PM. The trail starts climbing gradually to the wilderness area. After 2.5 miles I turned right at a signed junction with Rough Creek Trail. Rough Creek Trail drops to Rough Creek, then climbs back to junction with Fork Ridge Trail after 1.8 miles....

Cohutta and Frog Mountain Wilderness, Hiking, Southeast / 04.08.2013

August 3, 2013 - Getting Away I needed a quick wilderness fix without a long drive, so on a Saturday afternoon, I quickly threw an overnight pack together and loaded my mountain bike on the car. Within a couple of hours I had left my car behind at the Horseshoe Bend Trailhead and was on my mountain bike tearing down a rocky forest service road back toward my cached pack near the lower Jacks River Trailhead. I forded back over streams which only minutes before I had carefully crossed...