Saturday, March 24, 2012

Quick summary of a short hike

Hiked thirteen miles from Stecoah Gap, skirting the shores of an ocean of morning fog, to Sassafras Gap Shelter and back today (Friday March 16th). I started early, hoping to finish before the weather turned stormy, but still got hit by a shower - not too long, not too much.

The one outstanding feature of this 6.5 miles of trail is Cheoah Bald. It's a little thing. Don't blink as you reach the summit, because the next step is back down and back into the woods. Most of the open area is on the south facing slope and off the trail a bit. But there are outstanding views east and south from the summit. And There's one rock outcrop in the woods that provides an excellent view west toward Fontana Lake and the Smokies.

If every 6.5 miles of trail had a highlight like this I'd be a happy non-camper ;-)


Here's a map of today's walk, with link to more photos:

AT Day 70 - Cheoah Bald at EveryTrail
EveryTrail - Find the best Hiking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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