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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.

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April 11 2015

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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L BridgeCrossing

Luke’s Losers …

Regarding an opinion piece published in Yahoo Finance, “Why Elizabeth Warren Is A Threat to America’s Growth,” Luke had some interesting comments. Like Mark Sanford in South Carolina, she is generally despised here, but is somehow able to maintain a constituency.  I like to believe that politicians are making progress toward a common goal of good, but we constantly get …

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Porters Creek

Hiking in Greenbriar Cove

Phil and I use Gatlinburg as a jump off point for hiking in the Smoky Mountains. This year, we left the house early in order to get a hike in before check in time at Gatlinburg Inn. We turned off US Hwy 321 into Greenbriar Cove about 5 1/2 miles east of Gatlinburg. We tried to get to this trail in …

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Porters Creek

January 31, 2015

Porter’s Creek While this a great option for a hike at any time of the year, the Porters Creek Trail is also an excellent choice when snow makes foot travel difficult in the higher elevations, or when it forces the closure of roads throughout other parts of the park.

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Snowmageddon 2015

The Boston area is getting the brunt of storm Juno. The MTA isn’t running and Boston and Cambridge has totally  shut down. The snow will continue throughout the day. I will update this post with snow totals when the snow stops falling. Here are some pictures Luke took just outside his house near downtown Cambridge. You will notice that the only …

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Crsp Work 04

January 20, 2015

This winter, the park has a lot of work going on. New construction will bring the re-opening of two long closed trails. It is great to see money being spent at the park. I couldn’t get to Exclamation Point because there is still some serious ice up there. I made it as far as the Opera Box. Looking down from …

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Crsp Work 04

CRSP

This winter, the park has a lot of work going on. New construction will bring the re-opening of two long closed trails. It is great to see money being spent at the park. Here are a few pictures of some the working being done.

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Trombatore Trail

January 20, 2015

Distance: 5.4 Miles RT Elevation Gain: 1246′ Difficulty: Moderate Trombotore Trail Trailhead Parking: Take Hwy 64 east from 1-26 in Hendersonville, NC. About 2 1/2 miles past I-26, turn left on Fruitland Rd. Next, turn left on Old Clear Creek Rd go only a few hundred yards and turn right on Bearwallow Mountain Rd. Follow Bearwallow Mountain Road and after a …

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January 19, 2015

We spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day up on the parkway near Wagon Road Gap on the Green Knob section of the Mountains to the Sea Trail. It was a bluebird day and the temps warmed to the mid 50’s during our hike. The parkway was closed, so we parked at the parking lot at the Hwy 276 parkway entrance. …

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Buckhorngap 17

Trailblazing

New trails seem to be “trending” early in this new year. One trail we had not tried yet was in The Avery Creek area that is a great place to hike during the winter months when the parkway is closed. The Buckhorn Gap Trail is further down Avery Creek Road than we usually go. It is a heavily traveled 3 mile trail to …

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