Backpack the Great Smoky Mountains (not for beginners!!)

Backpacking the Smokies Labor Day weekend:We will be backpacking the Gregory bald mountain loop... This supposed to be an amazing trail with stunning views... We are hiking short distances most days but the elevation change makes up for it... Because of the difficulty of the trail, I am not recommending this for beginners (we are climbing a mountain after all). Our campsite (#13) on Saturday night is supposed to be amazing! I was also told, we would get to hear and see some wildlife :-) Reservations have been made... We can take up to 8 per site... We will be hiking down Sunday and coming back Monday... Right now we have 4 going... We will be carpooling in 1 or 2 vehicles and can meet wherever as needed... Call or text me if you have any questions[masked]

So here is a good map, our trail is a little different.... We are starting at the twenty mile trail and taking it to Long Hungry ridge to camp at 92 on Friday night... Saturday is probably going to be our hardest day because we are going from 92 to 13 and the elevation change is dramatic (about 2400 feet)... We will camp at 13 Saturday night and backpack the 7 miles out and down the mountain on Sunday... I did reserve 95 also in case we needed it for Sunday, but I'm guessing we won't :-) but ya never know...

I reserved campsites including Cade's cove Thursday night and Sunday night... The cost for all sites came to 120... So if we get 8 people it's only 15 per person :-)

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  • Jim G.

    Had a great time, with some awesome people.

    September 3, 2013

  • Dylan C.

    Wow, I've never seen so many different mushrooms!

    I uploaded some photos, but not seeing them here yet... Try this link, and click through a pic twice to see full resolution: http://www.meetup.com/a2adventurers/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=17085102

    September 2, 2013

  • lisa m.

    Does anyone know what the projected nighttime low is at the higher elevations. I'm getting conflicting info with my searches. Thx.

    August 28, 2013

    • Caryn ;.

      Our highest elevation is only around 5000 feet... Not enough to make it that much colder...

      August 28, 2013

    • lisa m.

      Thx guys

      August 29, 2013

  • Ken K.

    Damn. I thought my note went through. I have a family gathering this weekend that has come up and need to withdraw. Kind of a bummer as I like the area you will be visiting.

    August 28, 2013

    • Dylan C.

      Ken, sorry you can't make it. Who is the Canadian guy who wanted to come?

      August 28, 2013

    • Caryn ;.

      Robb...

      August 28, 2013

  • Caryn ;.

    So here's the car pool plan: Christopher, Jim, Ken, and Tim will leave in early afternoon... Myself, Lisa, Dylan, and Jamie will leave from my house after 6...

    August 26, 2013

    • Jim G.

      Hey Tim, what time can you leave at. Chris and I are off, don't know about Ken.

      August 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am indeed off :)

      August 28, 2013

  • Dylan C.

    Will Link's rule be in effect for this trip?

    August 28, 2013

    • Caryn ;.

      What's Link's rule?

      August 28, 2013

    • Dylan C.

      'Everything always works out'. I’ve never had any problems when using this rule.

      1 · August 28, 2013

  • Caryn ;.

    So premeeting next week... Does Monday work for people? Let's say 6 or 7... It looks like Christopher and Jamie live in the Ann Arbor area... So how about my old favorite Aubree's in Ypsilanti...

    August 20, 2013

    • Caryn ;.

      Sorry as far as I know.. Call me if you are there[masked]

      August 26, 2013

    • Jamie Robert W.

      I will be. I was confused

      August 26, 2013

  • Caryn ;.

    Most of us have already met and backpacked together... Do we still need to do a pre-meeting? Also, we all usually cook for ourselves....

    August 19, 2013

    • Caryn ;.

      I have a pump filter... Lisa has a steripen and Jim has a gravity filter... I think we're covered ;-)

      August 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yay! I'm totally willing to carry filters / purifiers for folks if needed.

      August 20, 2013

  • Alexis K

    Never backpacked in the legit mountains before- sounds like an awesome trip.

    1 · August 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Meh, who needs mountains ranges when you have metro Detroit strip malls to hike?!

      August 16, 2013

    • Caryn ;.

      Lol

      August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can go and will drive. Super excited!

    August 14, 2013

    • Caryn ;.

      Yay, glad to have you joining us :-)

      August 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me too! I've been itching for a trip to the Smokies for a while now - yay!!

      1 · August 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    August 13, 2013

    • Caryn ;.

      And our loop is around 16 miles...

      August 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perfect. This is a classic loop and I'd love to go - I'm going to try and see if I can get someone to take care of the pooch for the weekend, should know within the next day or so. Thanks, Caryn!

      1 · August 14, 2013

  • Jamie Robert W.

    I am an experienced backpacker and would like to go...but I have to request the time off tomorrow before I can commit.

    August 11, 2013

    • Caryn ;.

      Yay! Here's hoping you can join us!

      August 11, 2013

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