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Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast, Trail Guides / 02.09.2017

Trail Guide - Mitchell Lick Trail No. 154 (2.5 miles) From signed intersection with King Meadows Trail near Hooper Bald, Mitchell Lick Trail frequently follows old logging roads approximately 2.5 miles to a signed (barely legible and rotten sign) trail junction at the upper end of Snowbird Creek trail.  Mitchell Lick Trail allows for a nice overnight hike using King Meadows trail to make a loop that includes the entire length of Snowbird Creek trail.  A side trip to the top of Hooper Bald would be a worthwhile addition...

Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast, Trail Guides / 28.08.2017

Trail Guide - Snowbird Creek Trail No. 64 & 64A (9.45 miles) From a location at the end of Forest Service Road 75, locally known as Junction, Big Snowbird Creek trail follows Big Snowbird Creek upstream eventually intersecting Mitchell Lick Trail above the source of Big Snowbird Creek. This trail features 3 waterfalls, Big Falls (upper and lower portions), Middle Falls, and Upper Falls. Few people hike the trail beyond Middle Falls and it is very rare to encounter anyone along the trail beyond Upper Falls. The first 4.1...

Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast, Trail Guides / 25.08.2017

Trail Guide - Burntrock Ridge Trail No. 65A (1.72 miles) From Sassafras Creek Trail near Sassafras Falls to Big Snowbird Trail (64), this trail starts at a campsite alongside Sassafras Creek located about a tenth of a mile above Sassafras falls.  Find trail junction sign at the campsite and turn right onto Burntrock Ridge trail and proceed on a moderately steep climb toward a gap. The trail does not continue over the gap, rather it turns to the left and continues a moderately steep ascent up the ridge. The...

Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast, Trail Guides / 25.08.2017

Trail Guide - King Meadows Trail No. 63 (7.6 miles) The trail can be summarized in 3 sections. The first section 1.25 miles is a steep climb from Snowbird Creek. The next section is a typical single track following ridges and skirting peaks to Deep Gap. The final section from Deep Gap to a house near Hooper Bald generally follows ridges along logging roads and deeply rutted roads. Detailed Trail Description: From near Snowbird Creek, trail ascends steeply (Strenuous) in first 1.25 miles with a climb from elevation gain of 1000...

Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast / 22.02.2017

It wasn't the best start. I had just left my van and crossed the footbridge over Snowbird creek. I saw where the trail turned uphill. It also continued up the creek, but I thought that direction was false; a trail made by trout fishermen. It was a wrong turn. The trail followed a smaller creek, rising steeply. Eventually the trail nearly disappeared but I could see the ridge top just ahead. I popped out onto a leafy road. Following this road and my GPS, I was able to...

Hiking, Snowbird Wilderness, Southeast / 31.01.2017

[caption id="attachment_2833" align="alignnone" width="700"] Middle Falls (Snowbird Creek)[/caption] How many days have you hiked without seeing another person? If not days, how many hours? On this January weekend, I hiked for 2 days through the Snowbird Wilderness Study Area without seeing another person. In fact, I didn't see people or vehicles at the trailhead parking area. I didn't even see people or vehicles along the 4 - 5 mile length of the one lane  unpaved Forest Service Road 75 that leads to "Junction" the start of Snowbird Creek (Trail...

Hiking, Southeast / 01.06.2016

In a single instant I perceived movement and felt something strange underfoot and a brush across my right leg. The brain neurons that instruct flight reaction fired and I bounded a couple of quick steps before I understood that there was a rattlesnake in the trail. ...

Hiking, Southeast, Trail Guides / 31.05.2016

This loop hike includes unmaintained trails with sections that are difficult to navigate. Leg coverings such as gaiters or long pants are recommended for protection from heavy undergrowth in some sections. The area is remote and not frequently hiked, therefore precautions should be taken to avoid rattlesnakes. Headphones should not be used while hiking in this area, since rattlesnakes are nearly always heard before being seen. [caption id="attachment_2543" align="alignleft" width="640"] View of ridge line that includes the section of Fires Rim Creek trail that I hiked. Tusquitee Bald is...

Hiking, Southeast / 30.01.2016

January 30, 2016  Overview: Trail with as much as 5 inches snow. Hiked to Pinnacle with 360 degree views and camped at site 3 on Pinnacle trail. Hiked beyond Blackrock Mountain. After hiking the Oconaluftee River Trail, I headed to Sylva to hike to Pinnacle overlook. After a stop at Subway to get a sandwich for the trail, I got started about 11 AM.   There is self registration at the parking lot. This area has plenty of trail signs.  My intent was to hike to the Blue Ridge Parkway and beyond...

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...