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First hike in GSM

Post by kamil on Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:10 pm

Hello to everyone, I am planning my first visit in GSM in last week of april for 5-6 days and I have couple questions about hiking/backpacking:
1. What would You recommend to see?
2. I am trying do samething like this- Leave my car and hike for 2-3 nights then back and change place then again stay 2 nights in other place, so my question: I want hike about 6-8h a day- 10-14 miles, is that too much?? I have experience in hiking but I've never been there so i don't know what to expect exactly.
My plan is:
A. leave car at Clingmans Dome (is possible??) then take Noland Divide and Pole Road Cr Tr then Deep creek Trial and sleep at 53. Thats about 12 miles.
B. Take Fork Ridge Trial then Sugarland Mountain Trail to Rough Creek Tr then take a night at 24. Thats about 13 miles.
C. Goshen Prong Trail to Apallachian Trail then go back to car (that's about 11 miles)and move to Big Creek campground and take a night.
D. Big Creek Trail to Swallow Fork Trail then go towards campsite 38 and take a night (that's about 11 miles).
E. Take Baxter Creek Trail go back to car and move to Wet Bottom Tr and leave car somewhere there (possible??) and take Rabbit Creek Trail and sleep at 15 or 16 (all about 11 miles).
F. Last day take trail towards Abrams Falls and back to car. It's 7 miles

Please tell me it is too much or maybe is to hard. I am 25 and my wife is 22. We have proper equipment for hiking (not climb!!), Maybe somebody have some suggestion fo me or any advice?? Like I said, I want spend some night on backpacking and I want hike on greater elevation. Thanks very much for any respose:)

Kamil

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Re: First hike in GSM

Post by grey ghost on Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:18 pm

A couple of thoughts. Distances in the Smokies are deceptive. Check the elevation changes. 11 or 12 miles in the Smokies can be a LOT of up and down with rough trails, lots of roots and rocks. Look for a map or book that shows the entire trail elevation because it can happen that you start and end at the same elevation but five hundred feet up and down in between. The AT is generally a ridge trail and trails connected tend to loose elevation. Your first itinerary will be down to Deep Creek then back up. I have done similar hikes in the Smokies and it can be tough. I do not know about the Sugarland Mountain trial. You will be a little early in the season so I am not certain whether the AT through hikers will be abroad, but if you want some good higher country views look at going north from newfound gap/Clingmans dome area and visit Charlies Bunion, the Jump Off, LeConte. These trails may be a bit crowded if the AT through hikers have started. These areas have better vistas than most though it can be hard to make a loop. The eastern area will have fewer people, but I think you are in the low country a good bit. I would check a book to see if you get any vistas or not.

All of that said Deep Creek is one of my favorite trails, but there are numerous fords.

Also check traffic, Cades Cove road may be closed for construction as well as Clingman's Dome Road for construction and also seasonal. I am about to post to ask about Cades Cove. Also, the driving distances can be slow because they are narrow, two lane, country roads. Going from Big Creek to Cades Cove I would allow 2-3 hour drive. If you on that end of the park check out Albright Grove, nice easy walk.

Good trip.

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Post by grey ghost on Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:43 pm

A couple of thoughts. Distances in the Smokies are deceptive. Check the elevation changes. 11 or 12 miles in the Smokies can be a LOT of up and down with rough trails, lots of roots and rocks. Look for a map or book that shows the entire trail elevation because it can happen that you start and end at the same elevation but five hundred feet up and down in between. The AT is generally a ridge trail and trails connected tend to loose elevation. Your first itinerary will be down to Deep Creek then back up. I have done similar hikes in the Smokies and it can be tough. I do not know about the Sugarland Mountain trial. You will be a little early in the season so I am not certain whether the AT through hikers will be abroad, but if you want some good higher country views look at going north from newfound gap/Clingmans dome area and visit Charlies Bunion, the Jump Off, LeConte. These trails may be a bit crowded if the AT through hikers have started. These areas have better vistas than most though it can be hard to make a loop. The eastern area will have fewer people, but I think you are in the low country a good bit. I would check a book to see if you get any vistas or not.

All of that said Deep Creek is one of my favorite trails, but there are numerous fords.

Also check traffic, Cades Cove road may be closed for construction as well as Clingman's Dome Road for construction and also seasonal. I am about to post to ask about Cades Cove. Also, the driving distances can be slow because they are narrow, two lane, country roads. Going from Big Creek to Cades Cove I would allow 2-3 hour drive. If you on that end of the park check out Albright Grove, nice easy walk.

Good trip.

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