Looking Glass Shrouded in Smoke

Looking Glass Shrouded in Smoke

Beartooth Highway

Beartooth Highway

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Hickory Nut Falls

Hickory Nut Falls

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Bridger Mountains, MT

Bridger Mountains, MT

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2016 Hiking Log

My 2016 Hiking Goal is 450 miles! Most of my hikes are in and near western North Carolina with a few iconic hikes while traveling. Follow my progress.

Hiking

Personal Hiking Log

Follow along as I log my hikes and try make my yearly goals. Feel free to comment. Mileages and elevations are to my closest approximations.
Flowers

My Wilflower Logs

Wildflowers are one of life’s greatest gifts. I try to log new flowers as I see them. Please help and comment about identification errors!
Places

Places and Events

Check out the places and events I find interesting. This includes festivals, fairs, travel and just plain old neat stuff.

Blog Posts

Mt. LeConte 2016

Mt. LeConte, TN 2016

Newfound Gap Parking Lot This year, it was just me and Phil. We left Thursday morning around 8:45 and drove through Maggie Valley, cut the corner on the parkway to the Oconoluftee Ranger Station going into the GSMNP. Wildfires were burning all around, but most of the s moke stayed below and south of us. You …

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Personal Best Week of Hiking

This past week, I hiked more miles than ever in a single week.  Of course, it was LeConte week, so …

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Chimney Rock

Fires in Western NC

Our area is experiencing a severe drought. Over the past 10 years, our hemlock trees have fallen to the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges …

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View of Cold Mountain

Mt. Pisgah

Distance: 3 Miles RT Elevation Change: 750 feet Difficulty: Moderate I got to the trailhead early (before 9 am). It …

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Cedar Rock Summit

Cedar Rock Hike

CEDAR ROCK VIA CAT GAP LOOP Distance: 7.1 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1843′ Difficulty: Moderate Check out more about this …

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Flat Laurel Creek Loop Hike

Total Distance: 5.3 Miles RT Total Elevation Gain: 679 ft. Highest Point: 5935 ft. We parked at the Black Balsam …

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Sam Knob

Sam Knob

Total Distance: 2.6 Miles Out and Back (my gps measurement) Total Elevation Gain: 383′ (my gps measurement) *Note:  Several online …

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