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Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 13.12.2015

Though unseasonably warm, I suppose most people spent their weekends at Christmas parties rather than on overnight hiking trips. I was the only overnight hiker. I met a day hiker on the 2nd day and a trail runner on the first day. The trail ran over the ridge crossing knobs and peaks so that there were more ups and downs than I expected. Even the "down hill" return hike had steep climbs. I counted a total of 13 ascents on the return to Wallace Creek. The "up hill" direction...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 27.10.2015

The Bartram Trail intersects the Appalachian Trail in 2 places, on the north end near the top of Cheoah Bald and on the south end near the top of Wayah Bald. The loop is about 58 miles long. The Bartram trail portion includes several road walks and requires care to avoid getting off the trail. The good news is that the Bartram trail is blazed with yellow blazes and you should usually be okay if you look out for blazes. There are a few places where the blazes...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 26.10.2015

Trailside Camp to Winding Stair Gap Road parking on Hwy 19 / 129 - 8 miles It was a short day. I was back to my car by noon. It had rained some during the night, but it was not blowing so I left one side of my tarp open and stayed dry. This lean-to tarp arrangement is comfortable and makes it easy to move around and cook and just open up to the outdoors. It was so muggy again that it made it hard to sleep with the down...

Bartram Trail, Hiking Articles, Southeast / 25.10.2015

Wayah Shelter to trail side camp - 17.5 miles I was up at 6:30 am and after oatmeal and nuts I was on the trail in the dark. Nice views from Wayah with a guide to show horizon with named mountains, distances, and compass bearings. Standing Indian was the easiest to pick out.   [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] View from Wayah Bald before sunrise[/caption] It had been a warm and muggy night and the day was hot and humid.   [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"] After short ascent on old logging road, It was very...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 23.10.2015

Started on Hwy 19 at Winding Stair road. 5 miles on Bartram to AT And Cheoah Bald. Another 8 miles to the Nantahala Outdoor Center on Hwy 19. Another 0.8 miles to Rufus Morgan Shelter on AT. Didn't see anyone on the Bartram trail. It follows Ledbetter Creek with beautiful cascades and falls. After climbing 3000 ft in 5 miles, the rest of the day added to the exhaustion. Now I am sitting at the Rivers End Restaurant at the NOC before hiking the last bit to the shelter. I...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 18.10.2015

After breakfast of coffee and oatmeal with walnuts and dried blueberries I finally got my stuff packed. The other Mark B had been packed up ready to go a long time ahead of me. We soon discovered that we had not yet reached Jone's Gap at all. We had assumed that we were camping about 0.2 miles past Jone's Gap, but in fact we had camped about 0.2 miles short of Jone's Gap. The must see view was a 0.3 mile hike off the trail to the top of...

Bartram Trail, Hiking, Southeast / 17.10.2015

Saturday- October 17, 2015 Lying under my tarp writing this with the campfire smoke burning my eyes. My friend, Mark and I dropped his car at Buckeye Creek and we drove my car to Hale Ridge Rd where we began hiking north. Still in the 40's by late morning. After crossing HWY 106 at mile 3.6 we went up log steps and proceeded up steep wash straight up the fall line. The trail turned left and began switchbacks just past the steps but we missed that. Eventually we were wandering around...