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Little East Fork to Shining Rock - 12 miles

  • Dec 10, 2011 · 8:30 AM
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We'll take the Little East Fork Trail from Daniel Boone Scout Camp up to Shining Rock, have lunch at Shining Rock, and come back down the same way.

We'll keep a good pace with few breaks.

This is rough, unmarked trail, often muddy, with a few stream crossings. Steep uphill all the way up, downhill all the way down. Winter hiking presents additional challenges (snow, ice, wind, etc.). You must be an experienced winter hiker, and know what to wear/bring, in order to participate. You also must have recent experience hiking at this distance to participate.

Total distance: about 12 miles RT

Elevation gain: 2500 ft

Trail condition: rough, muddy, not blazed

Although this hike should be a challenge, the Little East Fork has become one of my new favorites. It heads up the ridge along a creekbed, with waterfalls and moss formations along the way. Shining Rock is a big chunk of glittery quartz, and a nice place to break before heading back down.

Please be aware that I may contact you to inquire about your experience if you're new to the group and/or if I haven't hiked with you before. If I don't hear back from you I may change your RSVP to 'no.' Particularly with the extra challenges of winter hiking, I need to feel confident that everyone is prepared for this hike.

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  • Steven

    Never mind -- I just checked Ken's Garmin link.

    December 12, 2011

  • Steven

    How much time on the trail, including breaks & lunch? I was on the waiting list. For future reference, I'd like to get an idea of your pace.

    December 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to Ken, Tom and Michael for the great photos!

    1 · December 12, 2011

  • Debra

    What a great day! Thank you Heather, and thank you Mike for leading some of us through the Narrows. It was wonderful and made my day.

    December 11, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    A cold, but beautiful day in the wilderness. Glad I could do my first winter hike this year with you guys.

    December 11, 2011

  • Tom S.

    Extraordinary. Lots of dittos..

    December 11, 2011

  • Glenn C

    Glorious day, especially Michael's reaching 6000 :)

    1 · December 11, 2011

  • Glenn C

    Marvelous (as usual) and great company (as usual) !! East Fork ascent along creek with moss and ferns spectacular. Next time will take the Narrows and Deep Gap as well. Love Shining Rock. Thanks, Heather!

    December 11, 2011

  • Forest D.

    Very nice hike with a good group of people. I'll try the Narrows the next time . Thanks to Heather for organizing.

    December 11, 2011

  • Michael S.

    I survived my first Heather Hike..and still got 96 photos without falling behind! Thanks also to Mike for taking us down through the Narrows for awesome views. Cold Mountain and Mt. Pisgah in the same photo! Also, thanks to Heather's group for waiting on us to take the scenic route.

    December 11, 2011

  • Ken L.

    Great ass kickin' hike Heather ! Thanks Mike for taking us down 'The Narrows' ! A little bit of snow, plenty of creek crossings, lots of icicles and great views...what's not to like ?

    December 10, 2011

  • Ken L.

    I got us down for approx. 12.77 miles, good job !
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/133798338

    December 10, 2011

  • Glenn C

    But Shining Rock is a wilderness, and therefore restricted to groups of 10.

    December 9, 2011

  • Glenn C

    Tamales, too? Fantastic :)

    December 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Glenn - oh yeah. And a tamale cart at the top. Yum!

    December 9, 2011

  • Glenn C

    Me 4. And there is a hot chocolate stand along the way, right?

    December 9, 2011

  • Ken L.

    Me 3

    December 9, 2011

  • Debra

    Me too.

    December 8, 2011

  • Tom S.

    Looking forward to it as well. Ready..

    December 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all - really looking forward to Saturday! Weather should be good but cold - esp up on the ridge - so be sure to bring lots of wicking layers.

    December 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @ Ken - if you're coming from Brevard it might be easier for you to meet us at the trailhead (@ Daniel Boone Scout Camp) - let's get in touch closer to the hike about this.

    November 28, 2011

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