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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...

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...

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...