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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...

Hiking, Smoky Mountains, Southeast / 11.11.2013

This 3 day solo backpacking trip covered trails on the north and west ends of Cades Cove including Rich Mountain Loop, Ace Gap Trail, Hannah Mountain Trail and Rabbit Creek Trail and comprised 38.9 trail miles. My van and bicycle was used to position among trailheads on Cades Cove Loop road and Parson's Branch road. Getting There: Nearing midnight on Thursday, I drove past Tremont and on to the end of Middle Prong Rd where I slept in the rear of my Sienna mini-van. It was a dark starry night...

Cohutta and Frog Mountain Wilderness, Hiking, Southeast / 20.10.2013

Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Bushwhacking Big Creek Trail - 14.1 miles Getting there: From McCaysville, GA continue through Copperhill, TN to Highway 64. Take Hwy 64 west to Ocoee water tower. Cross dam and continue on Forest Service (FS) Rd 45 for 3 miles to FS 221. Turn right and go 0.9 mi to Big Frog Trailhead on left. FS 45 and 221 are narrow gravel roads in satisfactory condition. Route - Day 1 Low Gap Parking to Low Gap via Big Frog Mountain Trail - 2.4 miles Low Gap to Grassy...