Hemphill Bald - 9-10 miles. Moderate with some strenuous parts

  • 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. 




 

 

 

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  • Bryan S.

    Ditto on previous comments! Great hike and nice to meet some new folks. I had enjoyed it immensely. Thanks Tom.

    September 28, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Always a good hike. Great views and a bit of character. Good to meet some new faces.

    September 28, 2013

  • David W.

    Great hike, Tom. Thanks. Nice meeting new folks too....

    September 28, 2013

  • Sonia M.

    Awesome, hike. Thanks so much for organizing Tom.

    September 28, 2013

  • Anna M.

    Tom, great shot of the cabin through the trees....

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it anymore. Sorry for the short notice!

    September 28, 2013

  • Julie

    I will be looking for James at the Maggie valley inn at 9am. Look forward to seeing all of you on the hike.

    September 27, 2013

  • Tom S.

    RIght now it looks like 10 in the group two of which will meet at the trailhead. We can probably get by with two cars hopefully and ask that one or two of you consider driving in the morning. I'm have a possible issue with my brakes and not comfortable taking a group. Thanks.

    September 27, 2013

  • Banana P.

    Can't carry textbooks for 9 miles, so I have to bail. So sorry.

    September 27, 2013

    • Tom S.

      Flash cards. Call Carrie.

      September 27, 2013

  • John O.

    I live in NY, I'm taking a long weekend in Asheville, I'm not familiar with the trails around here and would also like to meet some new people.

    September 27, 2013

  • Julie

    Tom, I am coming from Sylva again... Can I meet you somewhere along the way? I do not know where the trailhead is, but that is an option... Or a ranger station... What part of the park are you entering from?

    September 26, 2013

  • Michelle B.

    Thank you for posting hike Tom. One of my bucket lists.

    September 26, 2013

    • Tom S.

      You're welcome. Should be a nice day for it.

      September 26, 2013

    • Michelle B.

      I've planned to ride Hemphill bald and it rained all day last Saturday.

      September 26, 2013

  • Bryan S.

    Gotta work. Enjoy the hike!

    September 26, 2013

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