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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...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 01.11.2011

Permit 95875 Day 1 - Oct 28, 2011 13.5 miles - Clingman's Dome - AT Bypass Trail to AT to Goshen Prong - South on Little River Trail to Rough Creek Campsite 24. To Three Forks Campsite 30 and return to Rough Creek Campsite 24. It was 15 degrees colder on Clingmans Dome, than at Smokemont. I saw phosphorescence peeking out of the fog in the woods below the Clingmans parking lot. Dots like unmoving animal night eyes .  In the morning I had finished breakfast before first light. Scrambled egg whites with mozzarella...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 23.07.2011

July 15th 2011 - Friday In order to get an early start on Saturday morning, I drove to the Fontana Hilton trail shelter late Friday evening. It was just after midnight when I arrived. I parked, grabbed my sleeping pad and bag, and walked down the path to this double-wide shelter. A lady told me that a Boy Scout troop and others were there. Some had dragged their sleeping bags out into the gravel area around the shelter and were sleeping under the clouds. It looked like a good...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 05.12.2010

Friday, December 3, 2010 Thursday night I slept in the van parked at an overlook near Cove Creek Road. Cove Creek Road was as I remembered it from the time 33 years ago when my brother, John, and I spent a dark night negotiating this winding narrow road for 30 plus miles; a prelude to a Smoky Mountain thru-hike via the Appalachian Trail. I was up early Friday morning, munching on a half disk of cold spinach quiche while driving back up to the Cataloochee Divide to cache my backpack...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 10.02.2010

Itinerary: Smokemont on Bradley Creek Trail to Chasteen Fork Trail to Hughes Ridge Trail to Pecks Corner. Return down Hughes Ridge Trail to Bradley Creek Trail intersection back to Smokemont. February 6th, 2010, Saturday At 5:00 AM I am in my car headed toward Cherokee, NC.. Around Topton, NC where US 129 turns toward Robbinsville, NC I begin to see the remnants from last week’s snowstorm on the side of the road. Descending into Nantahala gorge, a little mixed freezing stuff hits the windshield. My hike begins in Smokemont campground and climbs on...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 27.09.2009

Eagle Creek Double Loop Hike - Smokey Mountain National Park This hike starting at Fontana dam completes a double loop formed by hiking up to the Appalachian Trail on the NC/TN divide 2 times via Eagle Creek, then by Hazel Creek, returning to the NC valley via Jenkins Ridge and Welch Ridge respectively. Highlights of the trail are the areas documented by Horace Kephardt in "Our Southern Highlanders" when he lived near Hazel Creek / Jenkins Ridge near the settlement of Medlin for 3 1/2 years in the early...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 13.12.2008

I left directly from work Friday afternoon and drove through Robbinsville, NC on the way to Twenty-Mile Ranger Station in the Smokies. Along the way it had been raining and as I reached Robbinsville there was a mix of rain and snow. I arrived late at night with the snow coming down. Several young guys arrived and parked soon after I pulled in. They were planning to night hike to the top of Gregory Bald. My plan was more modest and involved hiking a mile or so into...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 08.11.2008

This is a 5 day backpacking hike from Round Bottom along trails between Mount Guyot and Cataloochee. November 4th, 2008 - Beech Mountain Trail and Balsam Mountain Trail I was all packed and ready to drive directly from work to Round Bottom where my plan was to night hike 4.5 miles to Laurel Gap Shelter. Traffic on I-85 in Atlanta was awful, but I was on my way soon enough. After a wrong turn in Cherokee and some wandering through the Cherokee Indian Reservation on a night time search for...