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2018 Hiking Log

My 2018 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.

LeConte 2007 7

November 11, 2007

Mt. LeConte Via Alum Cave LeConte Trip with friends that had never been there! The weather was awesome. We hiked Alum Cave in and out. We also spent a lot of time with the Llamas. They are so soft but don’t care much for attention.  And … they bite!

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LeConte 2006 12

November 8, 2006

LeConte Via Rainbow Falls Trail Distance: 5.4 Miles One Way Elevation Gain: 1685 Feet Starting from Light 8 in Gatlinburg, turn onto Historic Nature Trail / Airport Road. After driving 0.7 miles veer right onto Cherokee Orchard Road, upon which you’ll enter into Great Smoky Mountain National Park. After driving another 2.2 miles you’ll enter the one-way Cherokee Orchard Loop …

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LeConte 2004 07

November 13, 2004

Mt. LeConte, Tennessee We hiked Alum Cave in and out.  My brother and his wife went with us and it was the first time we have ever taken a trip together. Phil had to sit on an inverted bucket the whole time, and he didn’t like that. I thought it was funny. Anyway.  It was totally awesome.

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Sam Knob Trail

Art Loeb – Flat Laurel Creek

Distance: 6.2 Miles RT Elevation Change: 1194 feet Difficulty: Moderate We park in the grass on the side of the parkway at the intersection of the Art Loeb Trail between the turn off to Black Balsam and the Devil’s Courthouse at approximately mile marker 421.3. Go north on the Art Loeb. The trail accents immediately from the parkway rising over 400′ …

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Tenant Mtn Phil

Art Loeb Trail – Black Balsam & Tenant Mtn

Distance: 5 miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Our usual plan of attack for this hike is to park in the Ivestor Gap Parking Lot and walk the old roadbed to Ivestor Gap. Next, we hike over the top of Tenant Mountain and then onto Black Balsam and back to the road. There is a 1/4 mile …

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Graveyard Ridge05

Art Loeb: Graveyard Ridge Loop

Distance: 5 miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet Difficulty: Easy to Moderate This section of the Art Loeb Trail begins on the right of F.R. 816 at the Black Balsam parking area 0.8 mile north of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For the first 10 yards, the Mountains to the Sea Trail shares the same trail before it descends to the right. …

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Indian Gap

AT: Newfound Gap to Indian Gap

Distance Hiked: 3.4 miles Round Trip Elevation Gain: 735 ft. The Appalachian Trail crosses the Smoky Mountain Parkway at Newfound Gap. Leaving the gap and hiking north on the AT takes you to the junction of the Boulevard Trail up Mt. LeConte to the lodge. Phil and I have taken this trail more times than I can count. This day, …

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Avery Creek Loop

Avery Creek Loop

Pressley Cove : 1.1 FR #5098: .2 Black Mountain: 5.1 Buckwheat Knob:  1.5 Bennett Gap: 2.9 Total Distance 10.8 miles (per map) Total Elevation Gain: 3162′ This is a very hard hike.  What makes it hard is the elevation gain … going down hill … and having to re-climb the same 500 feet … over and over. In my opinion, it …

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Bearwallow Mtn. Trail

Bearwallow Mtn.

Distance: 2.3 miles (road/trail loop) Elevation Gain: 594′ Difficulty: Moderate Location The trailhead is at Bearwallow Gap, located at the crest of Bearwallow Mountain Road where the road surface turns from gravel to pavement. Park on the graveled area on the shoulder of the road. Directions from Downtown Asheville Take I-240 to US-74 Alt East toward Bat Cave. Stay on …

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Black Mountain Trail

Black Mountain Trail

Distance: 7.8 miles one way Elevation Change: 2125 feet Difficulty: Strenuous! The trailhead is located at a small parking lot next to the Pisgah Forest Ranger Station on US 276, 1.4 miles north of the junction with Hwy 280. Begin walking on the gravel road beside the fence past the sign for the trailhead for 0.2 miles where Black Mountain …

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