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Hiking Log

My yearly 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.

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Middle Prong Wilderness Loop

Distance: 9 miles RT Elevation Gain: 1380′ Difficulty: Strenuous We park at the Rough Butt Bald parking lot on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Howard Gap. On the north side of the parkway, travel east on the Mountains to the Sea Trail to the intersection of Buckeye Gap Trail. Turn left onto Buckeye Gap Trail. The Buckeye Gap Trail has …

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Mountains to the Sea

Interactive Map of Mountains to the Sea Trail Although the trail is still incomplete, the Mountains to the Sea Trail is North Carolina’s longest trail. When completed, it will be over 900 miles long. Starting at Clingman’s Dome (the highest point in Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park). It travels over Mount Mitchell (the highest mountain in the entire …

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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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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 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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