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Backpack the Thunderhead Loop

We have the shelter  so it is a go, you must pay your monies asap and that will guaranteed you slot.


We will completing this backwards due to the reservation available. Three day 27 mile loop in the Smokey Mountains. Begin at the SM Tremont Institute. Proceed on West Prong trail and continue on Bote mountain trail climbing 3000ft in 9 miles. Spend the night at Spence Shelter. Follow the AT turn left at Derrick Knob shelter and descend Greenbrier Ridge turn right on Lynn camp prong trail and camp at campsite 28. Head back to middle prong trail and proceed to Lynn Camp Falls and the road.

We will leave a car for a shuttle for the last 3 miles if possible or just walk it out.


PLEASE BE AWARE: The Smokeys are going to be charging $4. per person beginning in 2013 for all backcountry camping.

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  • Teresa

    EPIC! A fabulous weekend on the trail. The bear sighting was cool but unnerving at the Spence Field Shelter. Hiking the trail in reverse was a blessing. The views and sunshine upon Rocky Top was so worth it! Enjoyed the company, Thanks Rick for driving.

    May 27, 2013

  • Richard A.

    EPIC!!! Near perfect weather all three days. Woke Sunday morning to a shower that lasted an hour before we broke camp. Otherwise, dry, sunny with temperatures in the 60's and low 70's. 27 miles from noon Saturday until noon Monday. strenuous and brutally strenuous in parts; beautiful, clear views from top of ROCKY TOP! Yes the one from Tennessee song fame. Thanks Teresa for organizing this one. And to Trevor for your gift of gum. ;D

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have spider or fire ant bites all over and itching:( Sorry to cancel this, have fun you all.

    May 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have yellow blister look a like everywhere, please let me know if anyone knows about home treatment. I have some charcoal powder to try. I heard that charcoal will help get the poison out.

      May 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wonder some kind of allergic reaction.

      May 26, 2013

  • Teresa

    Richard running behind 10-15 minutes.. one word. Trevor!

    May 25, 2013

  • Richard A.

    I will be in TR before 8 am .. looks like great weather Sat and Sun.

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I got spider bite and hope to get better until Fri.

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will pay you cash Teresa, Thanks.

    May 17, 2013

  • Richard A.

    sent you email re payment
    I have eagle pass for national parks if you can use it to get us in -
    4 free people or 1 car where it is accepted.

    May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a Chev Trailblazer that we can use.

    January 2, 2013

  • Hank H.

    Sorry I will miss it

    September 10, 2012

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  • Teresa +2
    Rainey, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Richard A.
    Assistant Organizer

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