• Turks Cap

    Turks Cap found on Old Butt Knob Trail NC in July, 2017.

2017 Hiking Log

My 2017 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.

Mt. LeConte 2016

Mt. LeConte, TN 2016

This year, it was just me and Phil. We left Thursday morning around 8:45 and drove through Maggie Valley, cut …

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2016 11 7 Crsp 3

Personal Best Week of Hiking

This past week, I hiked more miles than ever in a single week.  Of course, it was LeConte week, so …

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Chimney Rock

Fires in Western NC

Our area is experiencing a severe drought. Over the past 10 years, our hemlock trees have fallen to the hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges …

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View of Cold Mountain

Mt. Pisgah

Distance: 3 Miles RT Elevation Change: 750 feet Difficulty: Moderate I got to the trailhead early (before 9 am). It …

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Cedar Rock Summit

Cedar Rock Hike

CEDAR ROCK VIA CAT GAP LOOP Distance: 7.1 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1843′ Difficulty: Moderate Check out more about this …

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2016 04 30 Flat Laurel Creek 11

Flat Laurel Creek Loop Hike

Total Distance: 5.3 Miles RT Total Elevation Gain: 679 ft. Highest Point: 5935 ft. We parked at the Black Balsam …

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Sam Knob

Sam Knob

Total Distance: 2.6 Miles Out and Back (my gps measurement) Total Elevation Gain: 383′ (my gps measurement) *Note:  Several online …

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2016 03 26 Avery Creek Feature 1

Avery Creek Ridge Loop

Today Phil and I hiked the Avery Creek Loop … 10.8 miles, with 3162′ of elevation gain. It was our second time …

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