Backpacking the NC/TN AT: Hot Springs to Sams Gap (45 miles)

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This will be an early spring, two night backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. Weather this time of year could bring warm sunny days or brutal ice storms. Come prepared for either one and anything in between.

I’m going down part way the day before and camping in Virginia. I’ll be heading out I-70, through Harpers Ferry and down to Jennings Creek to do a six mile section on the AT. I will camp there and continue to the meeting point the next day. Anyone wishing to carpool with me would need to meet me along that path as I will not be going anywhere near DC or I-66 this time.

We will meet at the parking area at Sams Gap, leave vehicles and shuttle down to Hot Springs, NC. We will hike northbound on the AT.

Meeting Location:
AT Sams Gap
Pisgah National Forest, 4460 Flag Pond Rd, Mars Hill, TN[masked]

Saturday (11 Miles): Hike from Hot Springs to the Spring Mountain Shelter. We’ll have a couple of big climbs and several smaller ones. Very few flat areas.

Sunday (16 Miles): Spring Mountain to Jerry Cabin Shelter. This day will include a 2500’ climb up after a 1300’ descent, and will include some rocky and strenuous sections. If we still have it in us we could extend this day another seven miles to the Flint Mountain Shelter. If drivers decide to do that, and passengers opt not to, they will need to end their hike the next day at Devil Fork Gap/NC 212 (9 Miles).

Monday (18 Miles): Jerry Cabin Shelter to Sams Gap. There will be a 1500’ climb this day, regardless of the previous night’s campsite and more ups and downs to the end.

Water looks to be plentiful every day and there aren’t any campsites listed in the guide in between shelters. This will be a strenuous trip, possibly made more so by weather.

Participants should come with all necessary gear, clothing, and food for three days. Be sure you have your own water filter/purification equipment and know that filters can freeze in cold temperatures. Microspikes may also be needed.

Everyone hikes at their own pace. Participants should have their own map and be comfortable hiking alone, in the dark, or both.

Carpooling fees: Please secure your ride by posting your comments and coordinate among yourselves. Making friends & sharing cost. * If you can offer a ride: From where and how many you can take. *If you need a ride: From where or carpool location.
* Carpool ride is NOT a free ride: The round trip from Centerville is about 800 miles. Please pay your driver(s) a minimum of 10 cents per mile.

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