Smokey Mountain AT traverse, US 441 to Davenport Gap

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Backpacking From Newfound Gap Parking area (US 441) on the Appalachain Trail (Northbound) to Davenport Gap( TN 32/NC 284) 32.9 miles

OVERVIEW:
We will Meet at 8:00 AM on June 24th at Newfound gap (US 441) to arrange for setting up a second car to be parked at Davenport Gap. This is a spectacular section of the Appalachian trail. Its high elevation tread gives way to many beautiful vistas. A walk through the red spruce and fir forest each day will give a sense of backpacking in New England. Most afternoons give out to afternoon storms that create this verdant lush environment. We will hike from shelter to shelter from June 24th through 28th. We will finish up on the afternoon of June 28th no later than 5:00 PM. Permits are needed for this trip. We will close sign up for this trip on MAY 20th. The cost of each permit is $4.00 per night ($16.00 total for 4 nights). I will handle making the group permit. Each attendee will pay me the $16.00 fee upon arrival at the parking area at US 441. If you decide to cancel last minute I would appreciate being paid back for forfeiture via paypal.

DATES & TRAIL PLAN:

Mon. 6/24: Meet at Newfound Gap parking lot (US 441) at 8:00 AM. We will arrange for one of the other attendees to help out with a shuttle car for this traverse (everyone is expected to pitch in some cash for gas money on the shuttle end, please have at least $10 cash with you) After the cars are moved and parked we will hike northbound on the Appalachian trail climbing 989 feet in elevation from Newfound gap to the Ice water Springs Shelter Where we will camp for the night. Total miles: 3.0

Tues. 6/25: We will break camp and be hiking by 9:00 AM. We will continue down the Appalachian trail heading north. Today we will see such pretty views from Charlies Bunion and the saw teeth. We will arrive mid-afternoon and camp at the Pecks Corner Shelter
Total miles: 7.4

Wed. 6/26: We will break camp and be hiking by 9:00 AM. We will continue down the Appalachian trail heading north. Today we will see the view from Eagle rocks. Skirt the edge of the famed Mount Sequoyah at 5941'. Afterwards we walk closer towards the high point for the day at 6249' on the east ridge of Mount Chapman. We will arrive mid-afternoon and camp at the Tri-Corner Knob Shelter.
Total miles: 5.2

Thurs. 6/27: We will break camp and be hiking by 9:00 AM. We will continue down the Appalachian trail heading north. Today we will begin a slow descent from the high country. We will see some great views at Deer Creek Gap. We will arrive mid-afternoon and camp at the Cosby Knob Shelter.
Total miles: 7.7

Fri. 6/28: We will break camp and be hiking by 9:00 AM. We will continue down the Appalachian trail heading north. Today we will visit the famed Mount Cammerer Lookout tower. We will continue are final day of descent to Davenport Gap to our parked cars.
Total miles: 9.2

PACE: 1.25 - 1.5 mph

PREREQUISITE: Moderate backpacking experience.

Leave No Trace (LNT) ethics will be followed on this trip. If you sign up, you pledge to pre-read and adhere to LNT principles. https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

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