As always, "No" RSVP's are NOT necessary - Thanks.
Let's welcome in Spring with a mountain trip that should see flowers and warmth down in the valley, and cold and wintry at the top. You should be a confident, experienced backpacker to attempt this trip.
Carpool from the Nashville area after work on Friday, we'll drive the 3.5 hours to the Trailhead. We will saddle up and hike a couple of miles and establish a camp and get a nice rest.
Saturday we will wake up early and get a start on the 13 mile Slickrock Creek Trail. This trail -also known as the "Ballbuster" is billed as the hardest hike in the Southern Applachians. It ascends a rugged 4,200ft to Stratton Bald, crossing Slickrock Creek 8 times. (Note the water in the creek will be cold and normally 2ft deep - if it is too high we will alter the trip.)
We will camp at the top. Sunday we'll follow Hangover Lead trail back down to the car(s).
Total distance should be about 22mi.
Expect cold conditions, we will evaluate conditions when it gets close. The deciding factor will be the stream depths on Slickrock Creek.
Contact me with questions!