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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.

Midprongwilderness Creekside

May 4, 2014

Middle Prong Wilderness 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.

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I Am Sulfur

I just took one of those online surveys. This survey was “What periodical element are you?” My results (below) are spot on.

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Mt Pisgah

April 22, 2014

A foggy, but quick hike up Mt. Pisgah. 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 land to climb to the summit of one of the area’s most well-known …

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Spring Comes to Chimney Rock

After driving home from Greensboro yesterday, I decided to take a short walk through the woods on the Four Seasons Trail to Hickory Nut Falls in Chimney Rock State Park. As it was Good Friday, the park was crowded. Families were out in droves in the park and at the shops in downtown Chimney Rock. I parked at Grady’s Discovery …

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Springtime is glorious at the park.  It seems the Little Sweet Betsy trillium comes out earlier there than anywhere else in the surrounding area.  The Four Seasons trailhead is carpeted in periwinkle.  It’s just beautiful.

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Pisgah Trailhead

April 14, 2014

A foggy, but quick hike up Mt. Pisgah. 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 land to climb to the summit of one of the area’s most well-known …

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Fryingpan Mtn Weathertower

April 12, 2014

This is just a little walk up a wide trail / road to the tower from the Blueridge Parkway.  It’s good for little kids or adults that aren’t used to hiking.

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Little Pisgah Tunnel Trail

April 11 2014

Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway by the Little Pisgah Ridge Tunnel to access Big Creek Trail, beginning elevation 4720′. The trail descends 2 1/2 miles down to Big Creek, elevation 2976′. The trail is wooded drops down the spine of the ridge with a lot of mountain laurel at the top and hardwoods at the bottom. Wildflowers grow all along …

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Tenant Mtn Phil

April 10, 2014

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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Pisgah Inn View

April 10, 2014

Another quick hike up Mt. Pisgah. 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 land to climb to the summit of one of the area’s most well-known peaks. Easily …

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Black Mtn. USGS Marker

Pressley Cove to Black Mtn. Trail

Total Distance: 5.2 miles round trip Total Elevation Gain: 1809 ft. Difficulty: Strenuous! Sunday, January 9, 2014 It was a bluebird day as the temperature climbed from the low 30’s to the mid 50’s — a great day to be outside in the woods. We accessed Pressley Cove Trailhead on Avery Creek Road (Forest Service Road #422). This little trail is …

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Black Mountain Trail

February 9, 2014

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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February 9, 2014

Pressley Cove Trail is accessed from Avery Creek Road (Forest Service Road #477). Beginning at 2325 ft. of elevation, the trail climbs steeply for 1.1 miles ( 968 ft. elevation gain) to Forest Service Rd #5022. Turn right onto the road and walk for .2 miles to Pressley Gap, elevation 3328 ft.

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February 3, 2014

In the winter, the park service doesn’t spend the money to plow the snow and melt ice on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They close the gates to all automobile traffic. We access the parkway off Highway 276 15 miles north of Brevard at Wagon Road Gap and park at the parking lot at the top of the entrance ramp. The …

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Icy Waterfall

Gatlinburg 2014

Every year, Phil and I celebrate our anniversary in Gatlinburg, TN. We aren’t really big fans of the tacky little shops, but we do enjoy being close to great hiking trails and good food. Since we had gone there on our honeymoon years earlier, we like the nostalgia of going every year. We got to Gatlinburg early enough on Friday …

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Indianggap History

Newfound Gap to Indian Gap

The 1.7 miles stretch of trail between Newfound Gap and Indian Gap is a gentle walk along the ridge top with views off both sides. The elevation gain isn’t strenuous. I would say that this short trail section would be a beginner’s trail.  

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Flame

June 20, 2014

Distance: 3 miles Elevation Gain: 816 feet Easy Hiking The Mountains to the Sea Trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway several times. One of those spots is just south of Wagon Road Gap. We hike this little trail when we want something quick and easy to get to. It is accessible when the parkway is closed. The trail is less …

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Icicle

June 20, 2014

The Mountains to the Sea Trail crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway several times. One of those spots is just south of Wagon Road Gap. We hike this little trail when we want something quick and easy to get to. It is accessible when the parkway is closed. The trail is less than 1/2 mile from the gate at Wagon Road …

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Table Rock State Park

January 18, 2014

Table Rock Bluebird Day! Temperature in the upper 30’s and crisp.  

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Bennet Gap - Perry Cove Loop

January 12, 2014

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 …

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Hiking 2014

Hiking Log 2014 Business and holidays have kept my blog posts from happening. This year, the only resolution that I want to make is to keep up the blog with pictures of the grands and posts about each hike. I will be adding a few posts with pictures from the holidays to catch up but right now, I want to …

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Portrait Icefall

February 1, 2014

We pieced together a loop that began on Jake’s Creek Trail intersecting Cucumber Gap Trail after only .7 mile. Turn left at the junction. This section of the trail is 2.4 mile with a steady increase in elevation and is moderately strenuous. Cucumber Gap trail dead ends into the Little River Trail that runs 2.4 miles back to the parking …

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Mt. LeConte, TN

Smokies Open for Visitors

My ankle has improved so much, that we decided to put it to the test by day hiking Alum Cave Trail all the way to LeConte Lodge and back. The total distance hiked was 11 miles. Total elevation gain is approximately 2560′. It gets a little steep in places. I would rate this trail moderate to strenuous. We thoroughly enjoyed …

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October 13, 2013

DAYHIKE: Alum Cave We day hiked Alum Cave Trail just a few days after the government shutdown had ended. It was great to see so many people on the trail.

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Sandy on the Trail

Hiking in October

October hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains is one of my favorite things to do. Phil has taken this week off and we have decided to spend it at home resting and doing mini-adventures close to home. On Sunday, we drove down to Table Rock State Park and hiked up to Pinnacle Mountain. The Table Rock Trail  begins at the main …

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