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Hiking Club

Off Trail Hike: Blindside Ridge

  • 03/26/2022
  • 11


  • For member hike registrations
  • For non-member hike registrations

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Deep in the Smokies wilderness, about as far from any road as it's possible to be, there exists a fascinating and barely-explored landscape composed of knife edge ridges, towering cliffs, rocky scars, and open meadows of sand myrtle affording glorious views of an unbroken sea of mountains stretching to the distant horizon. You won't see Blindside Ridge labelled on any official map. That is merely the name that former SMHC member Jenney Bennett bestowed upon a ridge that she saw only from a distance and never got to visit in person. We'll take the AT out to near Laurel Top, descend the narrow crest of Blindside Ridge, drop off the side into a dark ravine with a small creek, and then ascend the thrilling Laurel Top Scar. This is a big hike that will likely extend to long after sunset. Rated difficult. Previous off-trail experience encouraged. Please contact trip leader to get details, including meeting time and place.

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.

Leaders: David Sands

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

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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