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"If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else." --- Yogi Berra

2015 GOAL:  450 Miles

2015 Miles Hiked
Total Miles: 395.5 Miles
2015 Elevation Gain Totals
Total Elevation Gain: 75,348′

2015 Hike Details

MTS – Wagon Rd Picnic Area to Green Knob

December 13, 2015

  • Elevation Gain 754′
  • Length: 2.1 miles

More about MTS, Green Knob →

Pressley Cove Trail

December 6, 2015

  • Elevation Gain 1003′
  • Length: 2.6 miles

More about Pressley Cove Trail →

Bennet Gap/Perry Cove Loop

November 27, 2015

  • Elevation Gain 1112′
  • Length: 4.1 miles

More about Bennet Gap Loop →

WolfPen Figure 8

November 21, 2015

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 133 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mt. Pisgah

November 19, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mt. Leconte Lodge to Newfound Gap via Boulevard Trail and AT

November 14, 2015

  • Distance: 8.1 miles One Way
  • Cumulative Elevation Gain: 1272′
  • Difficulty: mild to strenuous

More About this Trail →

Mt. Leconte Tennessee Day Hikes on Top of Mountain

November 13, 2015

  • Distance: 3.5 miles One Way
  • Cumulative Elevation Gain: 977′
  • Difficulty: mild to strenuous

More About Mt. LeConte →

Newfound Gap to Mt. Leconte Lodge via AT and Boulevard Trails

November 12, 2015

  • Distance: 8.1 miles One Way
  • Cumulative Elevation Gain: 2552′
  • Difficulty: mild to strenuous

More About this Trail →

COON TREE LOOP – Wednesday, November 11, 2015

  • Distance: 3.7 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1000 ft.

More About Coon Tree Loop →

Mt. Pisgah, Sunday, November 8, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

SHUT-IN TRAIL – PISGAH PARKING LOT TO ELK PASTURE GAP – Saturday, October 31, 2015

  • Distance: 4.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 1425 ft. (New GPS calculations)
  • Difficulty: Strenuous (very steep)

Shut-In Trail to Elk Pasture Gap →

Daniel Ridge Loop – Sunday, October 18, 2015

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

Daniel Ridge Loop →

MTS – Flat Laurel Creek, Monday, October 12, 2015

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

MTS – Flat Laurel Creek →

Mt. Pisgah, Monday, September 28, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mtn View Trail to Grassy Mtn, Thursday, September 24, 2015

  • Distance: 5.4 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1315′
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

North Forty Loop, Thursday, September 24, 2015

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

North Forty Loop, Wednesday, September 21, 2015

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

Sacajewea Peak, Bridgers Mtns, Tuesday, September, 22, 2015

  • Distance: 4.4 RT
  • Elevation Change: 1955 feet 
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous

North Forty Loop, Monday, September 21, 2015

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

North Forty Loop, September, 18, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Monday, September 14, 2015 (Labor Day)

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Rumbling Bald – Tuesday, September 8, 2015

  • Distance: 2 mile loop (hiked it twice – 4 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 325′ (twice 650′)
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Read more about Rumbling Bald →

CHIMNEY ROCK – Tuesday, September 8, 2015

  • Four Seasons Trail: 1.2 Miles Round Trip Woodland Trail from lower parking lot to main parking lot Starting Elevation at the Meadows: 1400′
  • Hickory Nut Falls Trail: 1.5 Miles Round Trip Branches off Four Seasons Trail to bottom of 400′ waterfall
  • The Outcroppings: .5 Mile Round Trip Made up of staircases from upper parking lot to Chimney Chimney Elevation: 2280′

Chimney Rock →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Monday, September 7, 2015 (Labor Day)

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

WOLFPEN WALKABOUT – Tuesday, September 1, 2015

  • Distance: 4.0 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: undetermined

CHIMNEY ROCK – Monday, August 31, 2015

  • Four Seasons Trail: 1.2 Miles Round Trip Woodland Trail from lower parking lot to main parking lot Starting Elevation at the Meadows: 1400′
  • Hickory Nut Falls Trail: 1.5 Miles Round Trip Branches off Four Seasons Trail to bottom of 400′ waterfall

Chimney Rock →

Alum Cave Trail – Saturday, August 29, 2015

  • Distance: 11 Miles RT
  • Elevation Change: 2763′
  • Difficulty:  Strenuous

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Saturday, August 22, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Sunday, August 16, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

CHIMNEY ROCK – Tuesday, August 4, 2015

  • Four Seasons Trail: 1.2 Miles Round Trip Woodland Trail from lower parking lot to main parking lot Starting Elevation at the Meadows: 1400′
  • Hickory Nut Falls Trail: 1.5 Miles Round Trip Branches off Four Seasons Trail to bottom of 400′ waterfall

Chimney Rock →

NEWFOUND GAP to THE JUMP OFF – Saturday, August 1, 2015

  • Trail Location: Newfound Gap
  • Distance: 6.5 Miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1275 Feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Jump Off Via AT and Boulevard Trails →

SHUT-IN TRAIL – PISGAH PARKING LOT TO ELK PASTURE GAP – Saturday, July 25, 2015

Tuesday, Mt. Pisgah Trail – July 21, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

SHUT-IN TRAIL – PISGAH PARKING LOT TO ELK PASTURE GAP – Monday, July 20, 2015

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

Shut-In Trail to Elk Pasture Gap →

Middle Prong Wilderness, Saturday, July 11, 2015

  • Distance: 9 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1380′
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Middle Prong Wilderness Loop →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Monday, July 6, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Saturday, July 4, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park , June 29, 2015

 

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

Chimney Rock State Park →

Coon Tree Loop – June 28, 2015

  • Distance: 3.7 mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 1000′
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Coon Tree Loop →

North 40 Trip – May 26 – June 17

  • Distance: 123.8 miles
  • Fitbit Steps:  283,407

Art Loeb – Ivestor Gap, Tenant Mtn. and Black Balsam, Saturday, May 16, 2015

  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 600 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Art Loeb – Ivestor Gap to Black Balsam →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Thursday, May 7, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park , Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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)

Chimney Rock Park Trail System Info →

Art Loeb-MTS-Flat Laurel Creek – Sunday, May 3, 2015

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

Trail Info →

Mt. Pisgah Trail – Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Chimney Rock State Park , Monday, April 20, 2015

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 →

Big Creek Trail – Little Pisgah Ridge – April 11, 2015

  • Distance 5 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1744′
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous

Big Creek Trail →

MP 420 Maintenance Trail – April 11, 2015

  • Distance 1.5 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 200′
  • Difficulty: Easy

MP 420 Maintenance Trail →

Elk Pasture Gap – April 5, 2015

  • Distance: 4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1300′
  • Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

MTS-Elk Pasture Gap →

Coon Tree Loop – April 4, 2015

  • Distance: 3.7 mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 1000′
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Coon Tree Loop →

Pressley Cove – March 28, 2015

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

March 23, 2015 – Mt. Pisgah

  • Distance Hiked: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 750 ft.

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

Cedar Rock Summit, Saturday March 21, 2015

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

Cedar Rock Summit →

March 15, 2015 – Mt. Pisgah

  • Distance Hiked: 3 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 750 ft.

Mt. Pisgah Trail →

March 8, 2015 – Mountains to the Sea Trail (Green Knob)

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

Green Knob Via Mountains to the Sea Trail →

March 7, 2015 – Parkway to Devil’s Courthouse and Stegosaurus Rock 

  • Distance: 3 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft.

February 26, 2015 – Mountain View Trail

  • Distance: 1.5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft.

February 25, 2015 – North 40

  • Distance: .5 miles round trip

February 22, 2015 – North 40

  • Distance: 2.5 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft.

February 14, 2015 – Pressley Cove Trail

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

Pressley Cove Trail →

February 8, 2015 – Table Rock Trail

Table Rock Trail to Ridge Trail to Mills Creek Trail to Carrick Creek Trail Loop

  • Distance Hiked: 6.7 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1800 ft.
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Table Rock State Park →

February 7, 2015 – Coon Tree Loop

  • Distance: 3.7 mile loop
  • Elevation Gain: 1000′
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Coon Tree Loop →

February 2, 2015 – Rumbling Bald

  • Distance: 2 mile loop (hiked it twice – 4 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 325′ (twice 650′)
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Read more about Rumbling Bald →

January, 31, 2015 – Porter’s Creek Trail to Campsite 31

  • Distance: 7.2 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1430′
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Read More About Porter’s Creek Trail →

January, 30, 2015 – Porter’s Creek Trail to the Porter’s Creek Crossing

  • Distance: 3 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 420′
  • Difficulty: Easy

Read More About Porter’s Creek Trail →

January, 24, 2015 – Chimney Rock Park

  • Visitor’s Parking Lot Elevation:  1958′
  • The Outcroppings: .5 Mile Round Trip Made up of staircases from upper parking lot to Chimney Chimney Elevation: 2280′
  • Skyline Trail: .7 Mile Round Trip Begins at Chimney to top of Exclamation Point Exclamation Point Elevation: 2480′

Phil and I just wanted to do the stairs for a quick workout. We did the Outcroppings and about half of the Skyline Trail. Exclamation Point was closed because of ice. So, I estimate about .8 miles of steps with around 400 feet of elevation gain.

January, 21, 2015 – Rumbling Bald

  • Distance: 2 mile loop (hiked it twice – 4 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 325′ (twice 650′)
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Read more about Rumbling Bald →

January 20, 2015 – CRSP

  • Four Seasons Trail: 1.2 Miles Round Trip Woodland Trail from lower parking lot to main parking lot Starting Elevation at the Meadows: 1400′
  • Visitor’s Parking Lot Elevation:  1958′
  • The Outcroppings: .5 Mile Round Trip Made up of staircases from upper parking lot to Chimney Chimney Elevation: 2280′

I hiked the Four Seasons Trail up to the Hickory Nut Falls Trail where I turned left to hike on up to the upper parking area and the Chimney.  I got as far as the Opera Box above the Chimney.

Read more about Chimney Rock State Park →

January 19, 2015 – Mountains to the Sea Trail (Green Knob)

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

Green Knob Via Mountains to the Sea Trail →

January, 17, 2015 – Buckhorn Gap Trail

  • Distance: 6 miles RT
  • Elevation Gain: 1100′
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

January, 11, 2015 – Rumbling Bald

  • Distance: 1 mile one way ( the loop will be about 2 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 325′
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Read more about Rumbling Bald →

January 10, 2015 – Trombatore Trail at Bearwallow Mountain

  • Distance: 5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1000′
  • Temperatures: upper 20’s to mid 30’s and sunny

Read more about Trombatore Trail →

January 6, 2015 – WolfPen Walkabout

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 120′

January 5, 2015 – WolfPen Walkabout

  • Distance: 2.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 120′

January 4, 2015 – WolfPen Walkabout

  • Distance: 2.0 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 120′

January 2, 2015 – WolfPen Walkabout

  • Distance: .8 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 120′

Another neighborhood walk was in the cards for the day.

January 1, 2015 – WolfPen Walkabout

  • Distance: 1.4 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 120′

Phil and I spent the day at home. A quick walk through the neighborhood got the blood flowing a bit.

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