Elkmont – GSMNP

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 Elkmont – Great Smoky Mountains National Park  Like many areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Elkmont has been many things over the course of it’s history; pioneer community, logging camp, resort community, and it’s current evolution, campground and controversial historic district. Situated in the small valley created by … Continue reading

Mount Sterling Trail – Mount Sterling Fire Tower – GSMNP

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 Mount Sterling Trail – Mount Sterling Fire Tower – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Details: Location: Mount Sterling Gap; on Mt. Sterling Road (Old Hwy 284) between Big Creek Ranger Station and Cataloochee. Distance: 2.8 miles. (5.6 miles round trip.) Elevation Gained: 2006 feet. Difficulty: Strenuous. … Continue reading

Mouse Creek Falls – Big Creek – GSMNP

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Mouse Creek Falls – Big Creek – Great Smoky Mountains National Park Mouse Creek Falls is a 45 foot double cascade waterfall located at the confluence of Mouse Creek and Big Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Mouse Creek Falls is located at 2.0 miles on Big Creek Trail in … Continue reading

Big Creek Trail – Midnight Hole – Mouse Creek Falls – GSMNP

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 Big Creek Trail – Midnight Hole & Mouse Creek Falls – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Thursday, March 14, 2013 Details: Location: Big Creek Distance: 4 miles, round trip. Time: 1:49 Weather: Clear; 44 degrees. Gear: Vasque Bitterroot Boots, Superfeet insoles, Baselayers, MH Warlow softshell pants, Marmot fleece. Summary: Big … Continue reading

AT – Davenport Gap to Mount Cammerer – GSMNP

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Appalachian Trail – Davenport Gap to Mount Cammerer (Almost) – Great Smoky Mountains National Park Details: Difficulty: Strenuous. Location: Appalachian Trail at Davenport Gap. Distance: I made 4.72 miles before my left knee objected and I turned around. 9.5 miles round trip. Total Ascent: 2,695 feet. (To the 4.72 mile … Continue reading

Chestnut Branch Trail – GSMNP

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Chestnut Branch Trail – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Saturday, March 2, 2013. Details: Difficulty: Moderate. Mile 1 is a nice, graded uphill, with great views of Chestnut Branch. Mile 2 is all *up.* Go 1.1 miles to the sharp right turn and the small cascade for a nice … Continue reading

AT – Davenport Gap

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 Appalachian Trail – Davenport Gap to Davenport Gap Shelter – February 21, 2013 Details: Location: Davenport Gap. Distance: 2 miles, round trip. Total Ascent: 633 feet. Time: 1:11 Weather: Clear; 30 degrees. Gear: Vasque Bitterroot Boots (Break-in day hike.) Superfeet insoles, Baselayers, MH Warlow softshell pants, Marmot fleece, TNF Hardshell jacket, … Continue reading

Big Creek – GSMNP

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Big Creek – Great Smoky Mountains National Park – February 18, 2013 Details: Location: Big Creek Distance: 3 miles, round trip. Time: 1:24 Weather: Clear; 24 degrees. Gear: Vasque Bitterroot Boots (Break-in day hike.) Superfeet insoles, Baselayers, MH Warlow softshell pants, Marmot fleece, TNF Hardshell jacket.  Story: I returned to … Continue reading

Big Creek Trail, GSMNP

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Big Creek Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park – February 16, 2013 Details: Location: Big Creek Distance: 2.5 miles, round trip. Time: 1:02 Weather: Clear; 20 degrees. Gear: Vasque Bitterroot Boots (Break-in day hike.) Baselayers, MH Warlow softshell pants, Marmot fleece, TNF Hardshell jacket. Story: Looking for a short, easy … Continue reading