Backpacking on AT from Carver's Gap to US 19E (Roan Mountain)

  • June 14, 2013 · 9:00 PM

When: 6/15 – 6/16

Where to meet: Mountain Harbour Inn, 9151 Highway 19E, Roan Mountain, Tennessee 37687 on Friday night 6/14.  We will tent camp in a field at this B&B and leave our cars here for the weekend.  The B&B will provide a shuttle to our starting point at Carver’s Gap and we’ll hike back to our cars.  There is some cost associated with this, but it gives us a safe place to leave our cars and enables a one-way hike.  You’ll have the option of either arriving at the B&B whenever you want Friday night or arranging to carpool with others from Raleigh.  This should allow people that can’t get out of work early on Friday to leave late in the day.

Costs: Assuming two people/tent, the Mountain Harbour will charge $6/person for camping on Friday night.  They charge $2/day to park a car and the shuttle is $35/truck.  The plan will be to limit this trip to roughly 8-10 people and squeeze into one truck.  Some will have to ride outside in the bed.  It’s a 35 minute shuttle.  All totaled, it should cost roughly $15/person.

Things Each Hiker Must Have:

Backpack

Sleeping bag

Sleeping mat or hammock (if you use a hammock, beware it could get chilly so have an undermat)

Flashlight or headlamp (preferably both)

All the food you’ll need on Saturday and Sunday

At least two liter bottles of water (we’ll have a filter to refill on the trail)

Rain gear (the weather here is predictably unpredicatable)

One set of warm clothes (don’t be fooled just because it’s June…the balds here have a reputation for being windy and getting chilly at night…you’ll also need it if you ride in the bed of the truck)

Knife, utensils, gear for eating

Things We’ll likely Share to Reduce Weight:

Tents (you’ll need to work this out among yourselves)

Stoves (one for four people is probably enough)

Water filter

The Hike:

We will arrange to have the shuttle leave the B&B at 8:30 AM Saturday morning, so everyone will need to have their gear packed and breakfast eaten by then and be ready to go.  This should enable us to start hiking at 9:30 AM considering the shuttle time and other inevitable delays getting ready.  When we arrive at Carver’s Gap, we’ll take a short excursion (1.5 miles) to Roan High Knob where the Rhododendron Gardens are located to take in the view.  We might get the shuttle to drop us off there instead of Carver’s Gap so we’ll only have the 1.5 mile walk back to Carver’s Gap.  From there, we’ll get onto the AT and be on it almost all the way back to the B&B.  We will be hiking over several balds on this trip that offer outstanding, panoramic views. After leaving Carver's Gap, we will hike over Round Bald (5826') then over Jane Bald (5807'). After Jane Bald we will be taking a side trail (.7miles) to the summit of Grassy Ridge Bald (6189'). This is the only location on the entire AT that has a completely unobstructed, 360 degree view above 6000'. We will then hike down into Yellow Mountain Gap (4682') and possibly camp Saturday night at the Overmountain Shelter, which is a large, red converted barn once used as a backdrop for the movie "Winter People."  This is a two story shelter that sleeps 20 so I doubt it will be full but if it is there are plenty of spaces to tent and hammock camp around the shelter.  Depending on how things go Saturday, we might try to push on another mile past this shelter since Sunday has more climb than Saturday and it may be better to get some of it out of the way on Saturday.  I’m still working that out.

Sunday morning (or Saturday afternoon) we will make the climb up Big Yellow Mountain (5460') then over Little Hump Mountain (5460') and Hump Mountain (5587') before dropping down into Doll Flats and onto 19E. From there we will walk 3/10's of mile down to the hostel.

The total distance from Carver's Gap to 19E is 15.2 miles. It is 1.5 miles up to Roan High Knob and with the back track adds 3 miles. The side trail to Grassy Ridge Bald is .7 miles making 1.4 total. Not sure of the trail to the shelter but it's .3 miles to the hostel from the intersection of 19E. Therefore, if you do the entire hike it will be a total distance of 19.9 miles (18.4 if the shuttle drops us at Roan High Knob).

It is 5 miles from Carver's Gap to the Overmountain Shelter, so with the 3 mile addition (Roan High Knob and back) and the 1.4 mile side trip to Grassy Ridge, we’ll do 9.4 miles on Saturday.  We will be hiking 8.7 miles, the last half being all down hill, plus .3 to the hostel for a total of 9 miles on Sunday.


 

 

 

 

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  • Rebekah

    Well organized and a great bunch of folks to spend the weekend with!

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What started out as heading to "a place I've never been" with "people I've never met" turned into a fabulous adventure. My 8 co-adventurers were great; supportive and fun. The surrounding beauty was unmatched. And the workout was a good one - with a perfect pace. Thanks everyone, and Ken for outstanding organization! And who'da thought--I walked out with 2 (count 'em!) spatulas! :)

    5 · June 17, 2013

  • Janette

    One of my favorite backpacking trips! Great people, stories, views and you couldn't ask for better weather. Thanks to everyone for making this an amazing experience!

    June 17, 2013

  • Ken

    My thanks to all that did the trek from Roan Mountain back to 19E this weekend. It was a great trip and everyone did their part to make it that way. Special points to Chih-Wei for whipping out the chocolate cake for everyone when we got back!

    June 17, 2013

  • Chih-Wei C.

    Couldn't be better hiking weather and the views were gorgeous. Entertaining camp fire stories and wonderful company. Thank you for organizing Ken.

    June 17, 2013

  • Mark V

    Perfect weather, perfect trip! Thanks Ken!

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Grace

      Thanks for the memories and the pictures!

      June 17, 2013

  • Jonathan

    This was a phenomenal trip with the greatest people and spectacular views! Couldn't have asked for a better group/weather/locale.

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Grace

      Welcome to the group - It was very nice meeting you and sharing all your stories about your thru hike on the AT last year. Thank you once again for driving. I hope to see you soon on future hikes.

      June 17, 2013

  • Grace

    Hi All,
    I am also looking to carpool. I have the whole day off so I can leave at any time. I really don't want to travel latter in the evening if I don't have to. But I will do what the group as a whole decides.

    June 10, 2013

    • Jonathan

      4pm at your house Diana sounds good. I'm happy to drive, but I don't have a GPS, or a CD player. I hope the radio is ok with both of you. Ken has your cell phone #s, correct?

      June 13, 2013

    • Jonathan

      Oh, and my name is Jonathan.

      June 13, 2013

  • Mark V

    By the way, I am bringing a gravity water filter that I can share.

    June 13, 2013

  • Mark V

    We might not leave town till 6:30 so 10:30/11arrival at is possible. Will see about getting off work a little early but not counting on it.

    June 13, 2013

  • Ken

    Hi All,

    We're getting close to hike time. I have one rider in my car that won't be able to leave to roughly 5:00 on Friday so won't be arriving at the Mountain Harbour until about 9:00. We have reservations for the shuttle on Saturday, but they don't do reservations for the field we'll set up tents in so just pick a spot and talk to someone at the Inn. It would be great if we're all in the same area so if you get there first, look for others and let them know you're with THOG.

    Tomorrow, I'd like to get a feel of who's driving and when you plan to leave.

    WEATHER: In a word, perfect. Still, don't forget to bring something warm. It can get surprisingly cold at 6000' at night. And even if they say the chance of rain is 0%, be prepared anyway.

    1 · June 11, 2013

    • Chih-Wei C.

      pretty sure I'll be driving and plan to leave around 9PM Friday night.

      June 11, 2013

  • Ken

    Hi All,

    Minor update on the plan. The Mountain Harbour doesn't start running the shuttle until 9:00 AM, so we will leave then and they will drop us at the Rhododendron Gardens. The shuttle will cost $4.00/person for 9 people unless they have an odd hiker or two they will squeeze in with us. Everyone will need to pay for Friday night tent camping and the shuttle on Saturday morning, so please be ready at 8:45 AM so we can take care of that.

    Ken

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Kari

    How I wish I could come! Have a GREAT time :o)

    June 6, 2013

  • Larredo

    Ken, wish I could join! Sounds like a sweet trip!!!

    June 3, 2013

  • meagan

    sounds like a great hike! wish i could join, but i have to work :(

    June 3, 2013

  • Chih-Wei C.

    I can't leave the Raleigh area until probably 9PM due to another event and I'll prob just sleep in the car Fri night. Have a 2 person tent and more importantly, ear plugs. If that schedule works for you for car pool or looking to split weight, PM me.

    June 3, 2013

  • Meghan H

    My friend is visiting from CT that weekend for a bachelorette party!

    June 3, 2013

  • Paula

    I just did this same hike on Memorial Day weekend. It was beautiful!!!! However, keep in mind that Overmountain Shelter can get busy. When we were there (on a holiday weekend) we counted 39 tents outside of the barn! Everyone was respectful and quiet, but we definitely weren't alone. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.. and hopefully the rhododendrons will be blooming. I'll look for picture when you return! :)

    June 3, 2013

  • Meghan H

    Every cool meetup I want to attend is horrible timing for me!!! Wish I could join you!!!! Hopefully sometime this summer!!

    June 3, 2013

    • Ken

      Meghan....it's been too long since we've seen you...is this just a bad weekend for you?

      June 3, 2013

  • Jonathan

    I only have a single-man tent. Does anyone have a spot in their 2-man to share?

    June 3, 2013

  • Jonathan

    I'm in Durham, exit 278 on I-40. I'd love to carpool.

    June 3, 2013

  • Henry H.

    This is a great backpack with really good views from the AT-the best stretch of the AT for views in the NC-Tenn. section of the AT.

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey there - I'd be leaving after work from Raleigh - any chance of a carpool? Thanks so much!

    June 3, 2013

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