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Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 21.07.2013

[caption id="attachment_648" align="alignleft" width="640"] Mark beginning hike portion of day at Old Settlers Trailhead at Greenbrier[/caption]                           May 4th, 2013 - Dodging Rain and Positioning Car Old Settlers Trail / Gabe Mountain Trail to Campsite 34 (Sugar Cove). After several missed turns and a long drive, I reached the Old Settlers trailhead some time after midnight. Rolling out my sleeping bag, I slept in the back of the van and slept with the calming sound of nearby Pigeon Creek. With the first hint of light I was up and scouting out a...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 21.07.2013

  Day 1 - Carolina Silverbells July 12th, 2013 Cosby, Low Gap Trail to Big Creek Trail, return on Big Creek Trail to AT - 7.5 miles Appalachian Trail (AT) to Mt Cammerer. Mt Cammerer to Lower Mt Cammerer trail to Gilliland Creek Creek Campsite 35. approx 9.2 miles Total Day mileage - 16.7 miles Climbing Low Gap Trail I first began noticing a tree with white flowers strung along underneath branches. Having read about the Carolina Silver Bell tree back when I was hiking the Slickrock Creek wilderness, I was happy to finally...

Featured Articles, Hiking, Pacific Crest Trail, Western US, Yosemite / 16.02.2013

There were more bear and bear cubs than I bargained for during a week hiking thru Yosemite Wilderness North Country in September. On the 2nd day, I had the panic of running up on a couple of bear cubs and wondering whether I might be between an unseen mother bear and her cubs. On the final day, I was resting on the trail side when a mother bear and cub passed within feet of me totally unaware of my presence. Read on for more on these and my...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 07.11.2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012 So you think you can ski? Try skiing the Appalachian Trail in a couple feet of slush using skinny cross-country skis. Strapping on the skis and climbing up the AT toward Kephart Mountain for a couple of tenths of a mile, I struggled to maintain balance. Before turning around my GPS told me that I was at 5900 feet. I had climbed here from the Kephart Prong Trailhead at an elevation a little below 3000 feet. I thought it wiser to backtrack down the same trail than...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 17.07.2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012 Meigs Creek to Meigs Mountain to Jakes Gap, to Miry Ridge Trail to Dripping Springs Campsite 26. Spent the night at the Fontana Hilton once again. Arrived at midnight and found one other person sound asleep in the shelter. A couple of tents were pitched on some pads down the hill from the shelter. Early morning westerly view from Foothills Parkway. The next morning I drove the Dragon Tail and the Foothills Parkway to Townsend, ate blueberry pancakes and positioned my bicycle in the woods near Tremont. The...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 20.04.2012

The following is an itinerary for a prospective hike. Day 1 - Little River Rd Meigs Creek Trailhead, South 3.5 mi on Meigs Creek Trail, 6.0 mi east on Meigs Mountain Trail, 2.9 mi south on Jakes Creek Trail, South on Miry Ridge Trail to Campsite 26 (Dripping Spring Mountain, elev. 4400 ft) - approx. distance 14 mi. Day 2 - Miry Ridge Trail south 0.5 mi approx., Lynn Camp Prong Trail west (right), 3.7 mi, Middle Prong Trail north (right) 4.1 mi to Trail head, Return to Meigs Creek...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 20.04.2012

Planned hike April 21-22, 2012 Weather forecast - Thunderstorms on Saturday, Rain on Sunday, Low of 33 deg F Itinerary Day 1 -  Round Bottom to Hyatt Ridge trailhead on Straight Fork Rd via bicycle, Hyatt Ridge Trail 1.9 mi west, Enloe Creek Trail 7.2 mi round trip (west then east), Hyatt Ridge Trail 2.6 mi north to Campsite 44 (McGee Spring, elev 5040 ft). Day 2 - Hyatt Ridge Trail 0.9 mi south, Beech Gap Trail 2.8 mi to Round Bottom [slideshow] Saturday, April 21, 2012 I hid my pack behind a tree near the parking lot...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 16.04.2012

[caption id="attachment_340" align="alignleft" width="861"] The Route - Middle Prong to Panther Creek to Miry Ridge and return via Greenbrier Ridge Trail[/caption] Saturday, February 25th 2012 - 12.3 mi (approx 14.3 mi including wrong turn) At Middle Prong Little River trailhead near Tremont I started the hike without my usual hiking poles. The wide smooth pathway leading up Middle Prong seemed the way to go until I spied a sign about 100 feet down the trail. It stated that their were nice waterfalls sights along the creek to enjoy for people who wanted to...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 10.11.2011

[caption id="attachment_308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Hike Route traced in yellow.[/caption] Itinerary - Day 1 11/17/2011 - 15.5 miles Chestnut Top Trail - 4.3 mi Schoolhouse Gap Trail - 1 mi Turkeypen Ridge Trail - 3.4 mi Crib Gap Trail - 1.6 mi Anthony Creek Trail - 3.5 mi Bote Mtn Trail - 1.7 mi Spencefield Shelter - Camping Chestnut Top trail had nice wintertime views of Thunderhead and at one point I could view the big 3, Clingman's Dome, Mt. LeConte, and Mt. Guyot. At least I believed it was those three! I only saw one other hiker until I neared Cades...