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Hiking, Slickrock Creek Wilderness, Southeast / 29.06.2015

June 27 - 29, 2015 From Magazine Branch Campground and Boat Ramp on Calderwood Lake via one man Ocean Kayak (Yak Board) to campsite on Slickrock Creek, then hiking Slickrock Creek trail past Lower Falls and Wildcat Falls to Big Fat Gap and returned to campsite via Windy Gap, Nichols Cove, Yellowhammer, and Slickrock Creek trails. Early morning view from Calderwood Lake down channel of Slickrock Creek.   Many others were sleeping in their cars, tents, and hammocks. They were up late so I didn't get much sleep.   Launch point.   It was less than...

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...