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Centennial Challenge Hikes

The Challenge: As part of the Centennial celebration, the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club is sponsoring ten Centennial Challenge Hikes, the mileage of which adds up to approximately 100 miles, for our 100 years! Any hiker (SMHC member or non-member) who hikes all of the specified hikes during 2024 is eligible to purchase a commemorative patch designed specifically for this Challenge. The hikes may be hiked in any order, and can be hiked with the Club, or on your own. Once all of the hikes are completed, the hiker may complete the form (located on the SMHC website) and submit it as instructed. The hiker is then eligible to purchase the specially designed Challenge Patch and their name will be listed on the SMHC website as completing the Challenge.

The required hikes are listed below and with their descriptions in the 2024 SMHC Handbook. Also note, that many or all of these hikes will be offered during the year as Wednesday hikes, which are also published in the monthly SMHC Newsletter. Registration for the hikes will be available online the month they are offered. Club led hikes, whether on a Saturday or a Wednesday, will be limited to 25 registrants, except as otherwise specified. Questions about the rules of the challenge? Contact Ed Fleming at

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  • Baskins Creek Trail - Grapeyard Ridge Trail, 10.3 miles (January 20, 2024)
  • Rich Mountain - Crooked Arm Loop, 8.6 miles (February 17, 2024)
  • Alum Cave Trail to Mt. LeConte and Clifftops, 11 miles (March 23, 2024)
  • Abrams Falls from Abrams Creek Ranger Station, 11 miles (April 7, 2024)
  • Gregory Bald via Gregory Ridge Trail, 11.3 miles (June 16, 2024)
  • Rainbow Falls Trail to Mt LeConte, 13.4 miles (August 17, 2024)
  • Porters Creek Trail to Campsite 31, 7.2 miles (September 28, 2024)
  • Lead Cove/Bote Mountain to Thunderhead, 13 miles (October 26, 2024)
  • Ramsey Cascades Trail, 8 miles (November 17, 2024)
  • Brushy Mountain Trail from Porters Creek, 11.8 miles (December 7, 2024)

Click the image to order your patch.

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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