2011 Hiking Round-Up


Matt and I found a new love for hiking in 2011, and we’ve had a blast sharing our photos on the blog.  In case you missed some of our adventures, here’s a collection of all of our hikes from last year!

Hike to Brushy Mountain


Trail: Brushy Mountain via Trillium Gap Distance: 6.8 miles round trip Total Elevation Gain: 1,745 feet Directions: At light #8 in Gatlinburg, turn onto Airport Road.  After 0.7 miles, stay to the right onto Cherokee Orchard Road.  Travel another 2.2 miles into the one-way Cherokee Orchard Loop.   Stay 0.9 miles on the loop and turn… read more »

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


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 »

Hiking the Rich Mountain Loop Trail


A few weeks ago, we headed back to the Smokies and tackled another hiking trail.  This time, the Rich Mountain Loop was the one on our radar.  The trail is 8.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,736 feet.  Since it makes one big loop, there’s no backtracking and you get new scenery for most… read more »