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Hiking, Smoky Mountains / 05.02.2016

I recently completed hiking all of the trails in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP). It took me about 38 years. I started at age 17 when my brother and I did a north-south thru-hike of the Smoky Mountain AT section. There are 800.8 miles of trails in the Smokies. People have determined that all of these trails can be hiked in 900 miles. It took me 1099 miles to hike these 800 miles. [gallery ids="1263,1106,971,951,960,285,845,649,463,466,371" type="rectangular"] Camping in the Smokies Some people manage to hike every trail in the...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 30.01.2016

January 30, 2016  This 1.5 mile trail runs along the river from the park visitors center to Cherokee, NC. Along the way it passes under the Blue Ridge Parkway.   Trout fishing.Mountain Farm MuseumFinished the trail. Now I have to hike back. This really really did complete my hike of every trail in the Smokies!! Got it right the 3rd time.  -Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 21.11.2015

These two trails are similar in that they are short easy walks and very accessible. The Tow String trail is near the North Carolina park entrance at Hwy 441 and the Twin Creeks trail only a few miles from the Tennessee park entrance at Hwy 441. Both trails are a couple of miles long. If attempting to hike the "map" of the Smokies, both trails are easily overlooked. So was the case with me. I ran these last 2 trails to finish up my 900 miler qualification. Well, once...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 31.05.2015

Over a single weekend I completed day hikes in 3 separate areas of the Smoky Mountains. This completed the last of the 900 miles of trails that I have hiked in the Smoky Mountains. May 30, 2015 - Roundtop Trail - 7.5 miles One end of Roundtop Trail is at the Wye (a fork on the Little River) where the river turns toward Townsend, TN to exit the Smokies. The other end is at Wears Gap. There is no trail sign or bridge on the trail-head at the Wye. With...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 03.05.2015

May 2 -3 My wife and daughter joined me for a weekend get-away in Bryson City. It was a chance for me to show them a little piece of what I had been hiking in the Smokies for the past several years. We didn't rough it, but the inexpensive Relax Inn ($55) in Bryson City even if not luxurious, was near Main Street and practical. Leaving Roswell early Saturday morning we drove past Bryson City and continued on to Clingman's Dome Road for a nice walk (Forney Ridge Trail 3.4...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 22.03.2015

March 20, 2015 around noon Newfound Gap The hike plan: AT to Boulevard trail 2.7 miles, Boulevard to Le Conte shelter 5.4 miles. (Total Mileage - 8.1 miles) Newfound Gap shortly after reopening of Hwy 441. There was some snow and ice the night before, but I had good timing in reaching the Smokies just minutes after the road opened. Once hiking, I soon wished that I had my Yak Tracks to help hiking across many treacherous ice patches. I picked my way along rocks and the edge of the trail wherever possible...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 16.11.2014

Over a 9 day period in November 2014 I skipped my way around the Great Smoky Mountain National Park completing as many of the few remaining trails that I had not yet hiked in my goal for completing all 900 miles of trails in the park. Every hike or trail completed seemed to mark some milestone, such as another area of the park trails completed. Over 113.3 miles of trails (79.1 of which I had never hiked) I saw 2 historic school houses, a number of restored cabins...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 28.09.2014

Shuttled from Tunnel Road to Nowhere to Fontana Marina by one time resident of Hazel Creek. - Marina Ferry to Hazel Creek. - Backpacking with swim breaks. - Chambers Creek. - From lake elevation to over 5000 feet on Bear Creek trail to High Rocks. - Tunnel Bypass Trail - Goldmine Loop Trail - Lower 1 mile of Nolan Creek trail.   Day 1, September 26, 2014 - "Meeting original resident of Hazel Creek for 17 years" Hazel Creek to Chambers Creek (Campsite 98) - 14.6 miles Getting there: Thursday night I arrived...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 01.09.2014

This hike included 2 difficult climbs of Mt Le Conte in hot humid weather. I carried a fully provisioned backpack including a food filled bear vault up the Bullhead Trail. A bicycle was used to travel the short distance between trailheads of Grapeyard Ridge and Porters Creek of this near loop walk. The hike covered nearly all hiking trails in the triangle formed between Greenbrier Road, Mt Le Conte, and Gatlinburg. Itinerary: Total hike (44.8 miles, including a mile down and up Roaring Fork Road in wrong direction.) Day...

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...