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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, Southeast / 17.08.2014

This is an out and back overnight backpacking trip along the Chunky Gal trail from Glade Gap on NC Highway 64 over Boteler Peak and on to Little Clay Knob. After camping on top of Little Clay Knob, I hiked back to Glade Gap. This hike was approximately 20 miles round trip. Much of the trail past Boteler Peak paralleled a road. This is a well blazed though sometimes overgrown trail. I saw no other hikers over the weekend. Boteler Peak has two nice vistas, one of Lake...

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...

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...