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    • 05/29/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Noland Divide trailhead, Clingmans Dome Road, GSMNP
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    We will have more than 14 hours of daylight to complete this challenging but diverse hike of 15.7 miles with 3400 feet ascent with the CMC. After leaving cars at the Noland Divide trailhead on Clingmans Dome Rd. (on the left, 5.5 miles up Clingmans Dome Rd.), we will shuttle some cars back just 2 miles, to the Fork Ridge trailhead. We will begin in this unique spruce-fir forest, passing though stands of unlogged red spruce, dense rhododendron and laurel cover and into the lush streams of Deep Creek. After descending to and crossing Deep Creek (be prepared for a wet crossing), we will pick up Deep Creek trail for another 3.6 miles to Pole Road Creek trail. After 3.3 miles on the latter, we will take Noland Divide back up to Clingmans Dome Road. Although the circuit descends and then climbs nearly 3500 feet, we will be distracted and delighted by the variety of blooms at the different elevations, birdsong and tree canopy. Rated Difficult. Meet at the Noland Divide trailhead at 9AM, or at Sugarlands Visitor Center 8:15AM to carpool. $2.00 carpool fee from Sugarlands.

    Leaders: Diane Petrilla and Cindy McJunkin

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 06/08/2022
    • 8:40 AM
    • Tremont Institute, Townsend, TN
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    This out-and-back hike will start on the Lumber Ridge trail, making the climb to the ridge before leveling off to reach Buckhorn Gap at 4.1 miles 2,100 ft. elevation gain. We'll continue on the Meigs Mountain trail for another 1.5 miles to Campsite 19 for lunch then return on the same trails for 11.2 miles. For a shorter hike turn, around at Buckhorn Gap for 8.2 miles 1,686 ft. elevation gain. For a longer hike go on to Curry Mountain trail then return to the graveyard or campsite for lunch before returning to the cars for 12.2 miles, 2,258 ft. elevation gain. Rated moderate to moderately difficult depending on the length chosen. Meet at Alcoa Food City at 8:00am or the parking area at the Tremont Institute at 8:40am. Drive 46 miles (@0.10/mile = $4.60).

    Please note the first version of the newsletter listed the meeting time as 9:40am at Tremont. This was incorrect and should have stated 8:40am.

    Pre-register with Ron Brandenburg.

    Leader: Thomas J. Welch

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 06/11/2022

    This excursion will take us deep into the Smoky Mountain wilderness to explore one of the most remote creeks in the park. We'll warm up with a quick stroll from Smokemont up Bradley Fork Trail to Campsite 49, where our real adventure will begin. We'll take to the creek and rock-hop or wade about two and a half miles up the unusually flat and serene Bradley Fork to its confluence with Frowning Rock Prong. Here, we'll begin an intimate relationship with one of the most enchanting streams to be found in the Smokies. For nearly a mile and a half, we'll slither our way past beautiful tumbling cascades and deep cold pools. Beyond this wonderland, we'll come to the legendary Frowning Rock Scar, where our adventure will conclude with a thrilling rock scramble up to the AT. We'll take the trail, probably wearing headlamps, out to awaiting vehicles at Newfound Gap. This is a massive day hike, involving all the obstacles the Smokies throw at hikers who abandon the trails.

    Leader: David Sands

    To register, contact David Sands directly via email. You can find his contact information in the June 2022 newsletter writeup for this hike.

    • 06/11/2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • Books-A-Million, 310 S Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge, TN
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    Frozen Head SP is a treasure in our own "backyard," and it's always nice to be hiking on the mountains of the Cumberland Plateau as the weather gets warmer. For this hike, we'll start at the main trailhead area past the Visitor Center, hiking to Spicewood Branch and then up, to connect with Chimney Top Trail. Turning south, we'll pass Mart Fields campsite, then ascend to the marvelous rock formations known as the Chimneys. Then we'll descend on Chimney Top trail to the Visitor Center and have a short walk on the road back to our cars. About 9 miles, rated moderate, with some big climbs. Meet at Books-A-Million in Oak Ridge, 310 S Illinois Ave. at 8am. Drive RT 50 miles @ $.10/ mile = $5.00.

    Leader: Diane Petrilla

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 06/12/2022
    • 9:30 AM
    • Cosby Campground Hiker Parking, GSMNP
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    We will begin this hike at the hiker parking area at Cosby Campground at 9:30 am. We will hike the Lower Mt. Cammerer trail to Sutton Ridge overlook then return to the beginning possibly stopping by the Dorsey Cemetery and a couple of other interesting sites. Hike around 4 miles.

    Leader: Ed Fleming

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 06/18/2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • Gregory Ridge Trailhead, Cades Cove, GSMNP
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    On this classic early summer hike, we will visit Gregory Bald in hopes of experiencing the flame azaleas in bloom. We will use the Gregory Ridge Trail and climb steadily to its intersection with the Gregory Bald Trail. From there it’s a short climb to the summit of Gregory Bald. If we experience a clear day, a view of Cades Cove and Fontana Lake will also be provided. The total distance of the hike is roughly 11.3 miles with 3,000 feet elevation gain. The hike is rated moderately difficult. Meet at Alcoa Food City at 7:30 a.m. (drive is 80 miles RT @ 10 cents/mile = $8.00) or at the Gregory Ridge Trailhead at 8:30 a.m.

    Leader: Mark Shipley

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 06/22/2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, GSMNP
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    We will visit the Little Greenbrier School and the Walker Sisters cabin on the way to the Laurel Falls trail. 9.1 miles. 2,064 ft. elevation gain. Those who want to can add 1 mile each way and 441 ft. elevation gain to go on up to the Cove Mountain fire tower. Rated moderate. Meet at Food City in Alcoa at 8:00 or Metcalf Bottoms at 9:00. Drive distance 54 miles (@0.10/mile = $5.40).

    Pre-register with Ron Brandenburg.

    Leader: Thomas J. Welch

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 06/25/2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • Newfound Gap, US 441, GSMNP
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    This high elevation hike should provide a respite from valley heat. After arranging a shuttle at Newfound Gap, we will start our hike at the highest point in the Smokies — Clingmans Dome at 6443'. We will hike North through AT sections that our club maintains and through a beautiful conifer forest accented by moss covered logs and ferns. Meet at Newfound Gap at 8:30 AM at the NC/TN State Line sign (allow a few extra minutes for summer traffic). Total hike mileage: 8.4 miles, rated moderate. Drive distance 16 miles @ 0.10/mile = $1.60.

    Leader: Cindy Spangler

    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 07/09/2022
    • TBD - See the July Newsletter for details
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    The plan for the day will be one of three possible options: (1) Working in the Nantahala National Forest on vegetation trimming; (2) Participating with the ATC-sponsored invasive event at Fontana Dam; (3) Assisting Konnorock — the ATC's flagship trail crew. More information will be included in the July newsletter.

    Pre-registration is required. Masks are now required for all those participating in carpools, shuttles or key swaps, regardless of vaccination status. You may also choose to drive your own vehicle to the trailhead.

    Leader: Franklin LaFond
    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 08/06/2022
    • TBD - See the August Newsletter for details
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    The location for this work trip will be determined based on conditions reported in June and July. Details will be in the August newsletter.

    Pre-registration is required. Masks are now required for all those participating in carpools, shuttles or key swaps, regardless of vaccination status. You may also choose to drive your own vehicle to the trailhead.

    Leader: Mark Shipley
    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 09/10/2022
    • GSMNP
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    This work-trip will focus on packing mulch and trimming vegetation. The shelter privy we carry mulch to will be determined by the greatest need by this time of the year. Different sizes of mulch bags will be available, as well as additional large backpacks, so many folks can help! And vegetation is always robust on the AT in August, so we will carry light trimming equipment to address the growth on our return trip.

    Pre-registration is required. Masks are now required for all those participating in carpools, shuttles or key swaps, regardless of vaccination status. You may also choose to drive your own vehicle to the trailhead.

    Leader: Diane Petrilla
    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

    • 10/01/2022
    • GSMNP - Newfound Gap
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    The October work trip will take place about 1.2 miles northeast of Newfound Gap. We will work to return the trail tread to its proper location and improve water drainage in the area. The work will require moving rocks and possibly adding steps. Participants will need to dress for the weather and bring work gloves, lunch, and water.

    Pre-registration is required. Masks are now required for all those participating in carpools, shuttles or key swaps, regardless of vaccination status. You may also choose to drive your own vehicle to the trailhead.

    Leader: Mark and Janet Snyder
    Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

Past events

05/25/2022 Wednesday Hike: Canal and Baker Hollow, East Lakeshore Trail
05/21/2022 Beech Gap to Bob’s Bald
05/14/2022 Ace Gap Trail
05/14/2022 Map Marker: Deep Creek
05/14/2022 Off Trail Hike: Kuwahi Scar and Rattler Branch
05/11/2022 Wednesday Hike: Sinking Creek, East Lakeshore Trail
05/07/2022 AT Work Trip
04/23/2022 Cosby and Big Creek Backpack
04/23/2022 Black Mountain to Ozone Falls
04/23/2022 Off Trail Hike: Bent Arm Manway
04/20/2022 Wednesday Hike: Shuckstack Mountain
04/16/2022 Panther Branch and Old North Mac Flower Hike
04/13/2022 Wednesday Hike: Ace Gap Trail to Beard Cane Trail to CS3
04/10/2022 Porters Creek
04/09/2022 Off Trail Hike: Courthouse Rock and Quilliam Cave
04/02/2022 AT Work Trip
03/30/2022 Wednesday Hike: Cumberland Trail - Hwy 68 to Black Mountain
03/26/2022 Easy Hike: UT Arboretum
03/26/2022 Rich Mountain Loop
03/26/2022 Off Trail Hike: Blindside Ridge
03/19/2022 Bradley Fork to Cabin Flats
03/16/2022 Wednesday Hike: Laurel Snow State Natural Area—Laurel Falls and Buzzard Point Overlook
03/12/2022 Chestnut Top
03/05/2022 AT Work Trip
03/05/2022 Off Trail Hike: Little Cataloochee
02/27/2022 Easy Hike: Gallaher Bend Greenway
02/26/2022 Abrams Falls from Abrams Creek Ranger Station
02/26/2022 Off Trail Hike: Old Settlers Trail via Big Copeland Creek
02/19/2022 New Member Hike: Rainbow Falls
02/12/2022 Mill Creek and Loyston Point at Norris Lake
02/12/2022 Off Trail Hike: Heintooga Bike & Hike
02/09/2022 Wednesday Hike: Lead Cove/Bote Mountain/Thunderhead
02/05/2022 Old Sugarlands/Twin Creeks/Gatlinburg Trails
02/02/2022 Wednesday Hike: Stinging Fork Falls Section of Cumberland Trail
01/29/2022 Tellico Lakeshore Trail
01/26/2022 Wednesday Hike: West Prong / Bote Mountain / Finley Cane / Lead Cove
01/22/2022 North Boundary Greenway
01/16/2022 Ijams Nature Center
01/15/2022 Little River – Cucumber Loop
01/12/2022 Wednesday Hike: Bird Mountain / Lookout Tower / South Old Mac Loop at Frozen Head State Park
01/08/2022 Alcoa Greenway
01/01/2022 Seven Islands State Birding Park
12/12/2021 House Mountain
12/11/2021 Easy Hike: Wheat Community and Black Burial Grounds
12/08/2021 Wednesday Hike: Frozen Head State Park: Spicewood Trail to Mart Field or Chimney Top
12/04/2021 Spence Field and Russell Field Loop
12/01/2021 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mountain Loop
11/27/2021 Norris Watershed and State Park
11/20/2021 Smokies History Hike
11/13/2021 Easy Hike: Lily Bluff Overlook of the Obed River and Boulder Field Trail
11/13/2021 Off Trail Hike: Panther Stairs
11/10/2021 Wednesday Hike: Lakeshore Trail to CS90
11/07/2021 AT Work Trip
11/03/2021 Wednesday Hike: Brushy Mountain
10/30/2021 Mount Cammerer
10/24/2021 Easy Hike: New Trails at Sharps Ridge Veterans Memorial Park
10/24/2021 Brushy Mountain
10/20/2021 Wednesday Hike: Lost Creek State Natural Area to Virgin Falls
10/16/2021 Shuckstack Fire Tower
10/16/2021 Off-Trail Hike: The Spire
10/09/2021 Fiery Gizzard Trail, South Cumberland State Park
10/06/2021 Wednesday Hike: Ramsey Cascades Out and Back
10/02/2021 AT Work Trip
09/25/2021 AT Family Hike: Davenport Gap and Shelter
09/25/2021 Mount LeConte
09/22/2021 Wednesday Hike: Elkmont Loop to CS23
09/18/2021 Off-Trail Hike: Wilson Falls
09/15/2021 Wednesday Hike: Mount LeConte
09/11/2021 AT Work Trip
09/05/2021 Easy Hike: Urban Wilderness Gateway and Baker Creek
09/04/2021 History Walk: Manhattan Project
08/28/2021 Clingmans Dome to Newfound Gap
08/21/2021 Easy Hike: Tennessee Arboretum
08/21/2021 Hemphill Bald
08/14/2021 SMHC Annual Election Picnic
08/11/2021 Wednesday Hike: Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls
08/08/2021 A.T. Vista Hike
08/07/2021 AT Work Trip
08/07/2021 Off-Trail Hike: The Gorges
08/04/2021 Wednesday Hike: Gabes Mountain Trail to Campsite 34
07/31/2021 Easy Hike: Little River Trail and Elkmont
07/31/2021 Charlies Bunion
07/28/2021 Wednesday Hike: Little River, Huskey Gap and Sugarland Mtn Trails
07/24/2021 Cumberland Trail to New River & Lick Creek Peak
07/24/2021 Off-Trail Hike: Steeltrap Falls
07/21/2021 Wednesday Hike: Rich Mtn, Indian Grave Gap, and Scott Mtn
07/17/2021 Knoxville Botanical Garden
07/10/2021 AT Work Trip
06/26/2021 Cataloochee Divide
06/19/2021 Gregory Bald via Long Hungry Ridge
06/12/2021 The Rocky Crag, Off-Trail Hike
06/12/2021 Roan Mountain Backpack
06/05/2021 National Trails Day Event
05/31/2021 Memorial Day joint SMHC/CMC hike: Kephart Prong to A.T. by two routes!
05/29/2021 Ramsey Cascade Hike
05/08/2021 Hike - Ace Gap
05/01/2021 AT Work Trip
04/24/2021 Hike - Black Mountain / Cumberland Trail
04/18/2021 Hike - White Oak Sink
04/17/2021 Hike - Frozen Head Wildflower Hike
For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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