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Friday-Saturday November 10-11, 2017 Smokies Goshen Prong Location: Clingman’s Dome/Elkmont Driving time: 3 hours one way Distance: 13.5 miles Elevation: long descent Rating: Strenuous Pace: Standard Putting together a trip November 10 (sleep in Gatlinburg) and hike November 11. Return to Chattanooga November 11. The road to Clingman's will close December 1, so trying to get this in before then. Will leave afternoon of the 10th as soon as all can be there. Have chosen Friday - Saturday to make it easier for those who work on Friday. I have reserved Econo Lodge Gatlinburg, 865-436-7991, 5 rooms - rate for suite with 2 kings and a sofa 171.37 after tax and with discount and 5 can sleep, and 5 standard rooms with 2 queens in each 139.23 after tax and with discount. Breakfast included. Free cancellation 48 hours ahead. Please respond as soon as possible about this trip. The proposed trail will be Clingman's Dome Bypass to AT, to Goshon Prong, to Little River Road trail and out at Elkmont 13.5 miles. There is the option of hiking to NF Gap road via Huskey Gap trail if any of you need that trail - 15.2 miles. We will have to drive back to Clingman's Dome to retrieve cars, but the drive is not as long as the drive we have made several times from Road to Nowhere. Meanwhile, if anyone can find a better rate anywhere else please let me know. We do not have to pay until check-in (no charges will be placed on my card until then). No reason for you to call Econo Lodge but I MUST know how many rooms we actually need by Nov 7 in case of cancellations. Also tell me if you will accept a roommate - or want a room by yourself. This may be hard to accommodate as so few rooms available - will depend on how many can go. If you want to plan more hiking around this one, surely can do so. Just need to make your arrangements to camp or inquire if Econo Lodge has rooms for extra days. When you decide about going, please tell me what time you can leave on Friday and who might be willing to drive. Che Carico, 718-9271, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday November 18, 2017 Flats Mountain Location: Citico Wilderness, Tellico Plains, TN Driving time: 1 hour one way Distance: 6 miles Rating: Moderate Pace: Standard I'm leading a Flats Mountain trail hike in Citico Creek Wilderness near Tellico Plains; the hiking club is very welcome to go. The purpose of the hike is to promote the Cherokee Wilderness bill stalled in Congress. There will be spectacular views of entire Citico Creek Wilderness, along with outstanding views of Indian Boundary recreation area. Will Skelton, author of Cherokee National Forest Hiking Guide is going. Hike leader is John Doyal. 423-315-0965.