September 28, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Let's take in some great views in the Smokies on Hemphill Bald. This is a moderate hike but has a couple strenuous parts getting up to the bald. It is an out and back hike (there are not a lot of loop trails of this length in the Smokies)
We will meet at Earthfare at Westgate Plaza at 8:30 AM, arrange carpooling and depart for the trail by 8:45. It is approximately a 45 minute drive to the trailhead. I anticipate arriving at the trailhead around 9:30.
I don't plan on going at a race pace and plan to take enough time to soak it all in. For the dog lovers, I'm afraid dogs are not allowed in the Smokies.
We should be back to the trailhead between 2:30 - 3:00 and return to Earthfare around 4:00. These are not definite times but just estimates so plan accordingly so we don't need to rush back for any appointments or other engagements.