May 25, 2013 · 7:00 AM
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Lets do an easy three day hike up to Gregory Bald in the Smokies over Memorial Day weekend. For those who have never been, the Bald offers wide open views of most of the Western section of the park including Cades Cove. The wild azaleas usually bloom late spring to early summer so with any luck we might just hit it at the right time. We'll start at the Twentymile Ranger Station and hike 4.1 miles to the Upper Flats Campsite (92). From there we'll climb 2400 feet (4.6 miles) to the Bald and our second campsite at Sheep Pen Gap (13). The next day is 7 miles downhill back to the Ranger Station. Reservations are required for the Smokies now so I have reserved 8 spots the cost of which can be divided among those attending.