Hiking the Rich Mountain Loop – In Snow!

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Last month, Kara & Remington joined us for a wintry hike on the Rich Mountain Loop Trail.  We first hiked this route last summer, and we were interested to see the differences that the colder months would bring. Uggggly pre-dawn photo of our egg sammich.  I had to post it, otherwise you guys would have… read more »

Hike to Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower

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The Trail: Mt. Cammerer Fire Tower Duration: 12 miles roundtrip Elevation gain: 2,470 feet Directions to Trail: At the junction of 441 and 321 in Gatlinburg (Light 3), turn to travel eastbound on 321/73 and drive 18.2 miles until the road dead-ends into Hwy 32. Turn right here towards Cosby, and drive 1.2 miles to… read more »

Hike to Mt. LeConte!

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The Trail: Mt. LeConte via Alum Cave Bluffs The Distance: 10 miles roundtrip The Climb: 2,763 feet A few weeks ago we tackled the big boy and clomped our way to Mt. LeConte!  There are several ways to get up there, but we chose the Alum Cave Bluff trail – the shortest, and steepest route.… read more »

Hiking Little Bottoms Trail – Crazy Tornado Damage!

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The Trail: Abrams Falls via Little Bottoms The Distance: 10+ miles roundtrip, ~1,500ft elevation gain. How to get there: (from: http://www.cadescove.net ) Take US 321 from Maryville until you come to Foothill Parkway. Turn right and go to U.S. 129 and turn left. Drive a hundred yards or so and turn left on Happy Valley… read more »

Hike to Gregory Bald (and other stupid things people do to see a flower)

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The Trail: Gregory Bald (via Parsons Branch). The Distance: ~9 miles roundtrip.  Elevation gain of 2,300ft. The Crew: Yours Truly, Mr. Yours Truly, and our buds (who are in way better shape than us) Kara & Remington. The Mission:  View some purty wild azaleas, and not die in the process. A “bald” is a treeless… read more »

Hike to Charlie’s Bunion

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We take for granted that we have the Smoky Mountains practically in our backyard, so yesterday we decided to remedy that and take a day hike to Charlie’s Bunion (kooky name, right?)  My favorite quote of the day came from Matt, who said, “Hey, at least it’s not Charlie’s Corn!” We wanted to beat any… read more »