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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 2006 01

Mt. LeConte Via Rainbow Falls

Distance: 5.4 Miles One Way Elevation Gain: 1685 Feet Difficulty:  Strenuous 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 Road. After driving …

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MP 420 Maintenance Trail

Distance: 1.5 miles RT Elevation Gain: 200′ Difficulty: Easy Near MP 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway across from the Black Balsam Road entrance, there is a short little maintenance trail that runs parallel to the road. The trail is easy and has a really nice spot 5 minutes from the car to sit on the rocks and have a …

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Mt. LeConte Lodge to Myrtle Point

Distance: 1.5 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 328 ‘ Difficulty: Easy Many LeConte visitors get up early and walk out to Myrtle Point to see the sunrise.  It really is spectacular and well worth seeing. Walk up the steps from the Lodge to the trail and turn left.  Follow the trail past the shelter.  Make sure you bear right at the …

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LeConte 2006 06

Mt. LeConte via The Boulevard

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Trail Facts The Boulevard Trail is longest route to the summit of Mount Le Conte (elev. 6,593 ft (2,010 m); 2,010 m) The path follows the Appalachian Trail for 2.7 miles (4.3 km), between Newfound Gap and Charlie’s Bunion Never during the hike does the trail dip below 5,000 feet (1,500 m) The trailhead is located at Newfound Gap, off U.S. Highway 441 …

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Mt. LeConte, TN

Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Trail

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Distance: 11 Miles RT Elevation Change: 2763′ Difficulty:  Strenuous The Alum Cave Trail (also referred to as Alum Cave Bluff Trail) is an American hiking trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in Sevier County, Tennessee. The trail ascends Mount Le Conte, the “tallest” (and sixth highest) mountain east of the Mississippi River and …

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Mt. Cammerer

  Highest spot: 5042′ Lowest spot: 2250′ 11.2 miles RT Difficulty:  Strenuous Mt. Cammerer is also known as Sharp Top or White Top. The Appalachian Trail traverses it’s south slope and is part of the Smoky Mountain National Park system. Elevation 4928′. Parking Lot Elevation: 2250′ Low Gap Trail: 2.9 miles One Way We began our trek up Mt. Cammerer at the Cosby, …

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Mt Hardy

Mt. Hardy

Distance: 4.4 miles out and back Elevation Gain: 1017 ft. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Park in the pull off on the west side of highway 215, 0.45 mile north of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is room here for a half dozen or more cars. A trail heads into the greenery right from this lot, but do not take this …

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Mt. Pisgah Trailhead

Mt. Pisgah

On the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park Distance: 3 Miles RT Elevation Change: 750 feet (per my gps calculations) Difficulty: Moderate Mt. Pisgah Trailhead is located near mile marker 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park). It is heavily traveled. Park in the second parking lot, the first is for Buck Spring’s Trail. This trail continues onto National Forest …

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North 40

The North 40 perimeter loop circles our house on Mountain View Trail. One time around the perimeter is 1.1 miles and climbs down and out of 2 deep draws. The mid point roadside elevation is approximately 6510′. North 40 Loop Distance: 1.3 Mile Loop Elevation Change: 230′ Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Mountainview Trail Upper Property Line to Junction Distance: 2.1 Elevation …

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Bennet Gap - Perry Cove Loop

Perry Cove – Bennett Gap Loop

Elevation Gain 1135′ Length: 4.1 miles Bennet Gap Trail is accessed off Avery Creek Road near Brevard. The trail ascends 1135 feet to the gap. We climbed clockwise to the gap to the junction of Perry Cove Trail. Perry Cove Trail descends rapidly back to the road. The first 1/2 mile or so ascends to the ridge top and the majority …

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