Hike Log 2014

2014 Stats

  • Total Distance Hiked in 2014: approximately 328.9Miles
  • Total Elevation Gain in 2014: approximately 75,149 ft.

Bennet Gap Loop Sunday, December 28, 2014

Distance Hiked: 4.1 RT
Elevation Gain: 1200 ft.

Mountains to the Sea Trail (Green Knob) Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 816 ft.

Alum Cave Trail , Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • Distance: 5.5 Miles One Way
  • Elevation Change: 2763′ (DOWN)
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous

Top of Mt LeConte , Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Distance: 4.5 Miles total
  • Elevation Change: 250′
  • Difficulty:  Easy

Alum Cave Trail , Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Distance: 5.5 Miles One Way to Top of Mt. LeConte
  • Elevation Change: 2763′ (UP)
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, November 10, 2014

Four Seasons Trail, Hickory Nut Fall Trail, Outcroppings Trail and the Skyline Trail

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1080′
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous (mostly steps)

Alum Cave Trail – Friday, October 31 – Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Distance: 11 Mile RT to Mt. LeConte
  • Elevation Change: 2763 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, October 27, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Cat Gap Loop Over John Rock – Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Total miles hiked: 5.6
  • Total vertical: 1000′

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Sunday, October 19, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

North 40 Loop – Monday, October 13, 2014

  • Distance: 1.1 Mile Loop
  • Elevation Change: 200 feet twice
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, October 6, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Shut-In Trail – Pisgah Parking Lot to Elk Pasture Gap – Monday, October 5, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Coon Tree Loop Monday,October 4, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Cedar Rock Summit, Saturday September 27, 2014

  • Distance: 6.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1700 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Daniel Ridge Loop – Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • Distance: 4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Saturday, September 20, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Grassy Mountain Ridge Line – Tuesday, September 9, 2014

  • Elevation: 7687′ at Summit
  • Distance: 4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 400 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Sacajawea Peak – Monday, September 8, 2014

  • Elevation: 9665′ at Summit
  • Distance: 4.4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1955 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

North 40 Loop – Sunday, September 7, 2014

  • Distance: 1.1 Mile Loop
  • Elevation Change: 200 feet twice
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Wednesday, September 3, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, August 11, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Shut-In Trail – Pisgah Parking Lot to Elk Pasture Gap – Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Monday, August 4, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail Saturday, August 2, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Shut-In Trail – Pisgah Parking Lot to Elk Pasture Gap – Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Art Loeb-Graveyard Ridge – MTS , Saturday, July 26, 2014

  • Distance: 6.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: ?
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Chimney Rock State Park , Friday, July 25, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hiked from Upper Parking Lot to Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 1.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 522 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, July 21, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Shut-In Trail – Elk Pasture Gap to Pisgah Parking Lot – Thursday, July 17, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Flat Laurel Creek Loop Via Parkway, Saturday July 12, 2014

  • Distance: 5.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 900 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, July 7, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Cammerer, Great Smoky Mountains,  July 4, 2014

  • Distance: 11.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 2792 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Mt. Pisgah Trail Monday, June 30, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park, Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Four Seasons and Hickory Nut Falls Trails to Upper Parking Lot at 1958′

  • Distance: 2.7 mi RT
  • Elevation Gain: 558′
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park, Monday, June 23, 2014

Hiked Hickory Nut Falls trail and steps to top of Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 2.7 mi RT
  • Elevation Gain: 350′
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Coon Tree Loop Monday, June 16, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail Sunday, June 15, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Cedar Rock Summit, Saturday June 14, 2014

  • Distance: 6.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1700 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Pressley Cove Trail, Sunday June 1, 2014

  • Distance: 2.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1003 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Mt. Pisgah Trail Saturday, May 31, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Grassy Mountain Property Line, Sunday, May 25, 2014

  • Distance: 1.1 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 300 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Tuesday May 20, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip and Hiked to Chimney and Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1080 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Pressley Cove Trail, Saturday May 17, 2014

  • Distance: 2.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1003 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

MTS Stony Bald to Elk Pasture Gap Saturday May 10, 2014

  • Distance: 6 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 700 ft.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Hiked section of the MTS Trail that we had not previously done. Nice soft trail running the ridge.

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday May 5, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip and Hiked to Chimney and Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1080 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Flat Laurel Creek Loop Via Parkway, Sunday May 4, 2014

  • Distance: 5.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 900 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, April 28, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Middle Prong Wilderness Loop – BRP, Sunday April 27, 2014

  • Distance: 9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1380 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Chimney Rock State Park , Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip and Hiked to Chimney and Exclamation Point

  • Distance: 3.9 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1080 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Mt. Pisgah Trail, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Chimney Rock State Park , Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail Monday, April 21, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mountains to the Sea Trail – Sam Knob Loop, Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Distance: 6.5 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

Chimney Rock State Park , April 18, 2014

Hiked Four Seasons Trail and Hickory Nut Falls Trail Round Trip

  • Distance: 2.7 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Mt. Pisgah Trail Monday, April 14, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Frying Pan Mtn Tower Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Distance: 1.5 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 400 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Big Creek Trail at Little Pisgah Ridge Tunnel Friday, April 11, 2014

  • Distance: 2.5 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Mt. Pisgah Trail Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Distance: 3 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 750 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Art Lobe to Black Balsam & Tenant Mtn. Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Distance: 4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 344 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Cedar Rock Sunday, April 6, 2014

  • Distance: 6.2 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1700 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Chimney Rock Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Distance: 2.4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 800 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous Staircases

Coon Tree Loop Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Shut-In Trail – Elk Pasture Gap to Pisgah Parking Lot Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1300 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

John Rock Loop Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Distance: 5.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 ft.
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Pressley Cove to Pressley Gap Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • Distance: 2.6 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1003 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Chimney Rock Outcroppings and Skyline Trail Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Distance: 2.4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 800 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous Staircases

Coon Tree Loop Sunday, March 3, 2014

  • Distance: 3.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 1000 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Had a bad cold all week after going skiing at Snowshoe. Took Saturday off from exercise and took a short, quick and easy hike to see if I had my hiking legs back yet.  It was a nice walk in the woods.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Wagon Rd Gap to Forest Rd. 450 Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Distance: 5 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 500 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy Road Walking in the Snow

Pressley Cove Trail to Black Mountain Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • Distance: 5.6 miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 2125 feet
  • Difficulty: Strenuous!

Jakes Creek / Cucumber Gap / Little River Trail Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 5.5 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 725 ft.

AT: Newfound Gap to Indian Gap Friday, January 31, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 3.4 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 735 ft.

Mountains to the Sea Trail (Green Knob) Monday, January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King Day

  • Distance Hiked: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 816 ft.
  • FitBit Steps Count: 9906 Steps

Table Rock Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 6.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1790 ft.
  • FitBit Steps Count: 19,685 steps

Chimney Rock Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 2.4 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft.

I hiked from the upper parking lot to Exclamation Point up all of the stairs … ah, nature’s stair master.

Bennet Gap Loop Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 4.1 RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1200 ft.

We parked on the Avery Creek Forestry road near Brevard and began our hike clockwise up Bennet Gap Trail. It was a bluebird day with temperatures in the upper 40’s. The beginning of the trail down along the creek was icy, but that soon gave way as we climbed higher. We intersected the Coon Tree Loop Trail after climbing about 500 feet and continued on hiking the ridgetop to Perry Cove Trail. We love running ridges in the winter. The views are longer and you can see the lay of the land with all of the bumps and hollows. Perry Cove Trail is really steep going down. It was a really great day in the neighborhood.

Daniel Ridge Loop Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Distance Hiked: 4 RT
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft.

Phil and I finally got a weather window allowing us to get out in the woods. We hiked the Daniel Ridge Loop counterclockwise. It was a nice brisk walk and it felt really good to get outside. The temperature was in the mid 40’s with sunshine, the perfect hiking weather.