23 Oct Day 1 – Bartram – AT Loop
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 slack packed this section. The outfitters store held my full pack for me.
Added bonus was coin operated shower at the NOC.
Railroad tracks at beginning of hike at Winding Stair Rd. I crossed these same tracks at the end of the day, only 6.3 miles downriver.
Bridge over Ledbetter Creek. After this, the trail climbs climbs climbs.
Finally reached end of Bartram near Cheoah Bald.
Hiked on Friday, October 23, 2015
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Location:Appalachian National Scenic Trl,Bryson City,United States