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Saturday April 1, 2017 Smokies, Clingman’s Dome down to Bryson City Location: Great Smoky Mtns National Park Distance: 12.5 miles Elevation Loss: 4,000 ft Rating: Strenuous Pace: Standard Driving time: 3 hrs This will be a shuttle hike. We’ll drive to Clingmans Dome to start the descent on Forney Ridge Trail. At 1.75 miles we’ll pass by Andrews Bald, a popular spot when the flame azaleas are in bloom. At 5.6 miles, we’ll connect with the Springhouse Branch Trail for 2.8 miles and descend to the Noland Creek Trail for the final 4.1 miles. There are two minor elevation bumps on Forney Ridge and Springhouse Branch, but the majority of the hike will be a gradual descent. No stream crossings. Tom Long plans to hike in from Noland Creek and meet the drivers to drive them to their cars at Clingmans Dome. This will be a long day because of the shuttle at the end of the hike, so please plan accordingly. With the longer daylight hours, we should be fine, but there will be fewer breaks given that we are descending most of the hike. Contact hike leader Barbara McCollum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.289.7143 to register.
Saturday April 8, 2017 Lula Lake work day This is one of Lula Lake’s regularly scheduled work days. It’s a wonderful spot that we use fairly often, so investing a little “sweat equity” seems quite appropriate. John Rowland will be organizing, email@example.com
Thursday-Friday April 20-21, 2017 Smokies, Cataloochee area, NC Location: Great Smoky Mtns National Park Rating: Strenuous Distance: options of 11 or 13.3 miles Pace: Standard This will be a combination of the Mt Sterling, Long Bunk, and Little Cataloochee trails. A shuttle will be required, so who may be willing to drive is important. The plan is to go up Thursday afternoon and stay the night in Newport, TN, then return Friday evening after the hike. Check with organizers Barbara McCollum, firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.289.7143, and Wayne Chambers for travel and lodging details.
Saturday April 22, 2017 Shakerag Hollow Wildflower Hike Location: Sewanee Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: minimal Rating: Easy to Moderate Pace: Standard Driving time: 1 hr one way We’ll start at the University Gates at the entrance to the University of the South Domain. Almost immediately we will gently descend below the bluffs, and hopefully began to find a smorgasbord of wildflowers. The turnaround point is reached by a very short but steep climb back up to the top of the bluffs. From there we will continue on top until we return to our cars. This has been a great wildflower hike in past years, featuring Yellow Poppy, Larkspur, Purple Phacelia, and too many others to mention. Leader is John Rowland, email@example.com
Saturday April 29, 2017 Collins Gulf Wildflower Hike Location: South Cumberland State Rec Area Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 400 ft Rating: Moderately Strenuous Pace: Standard Driving time: 1 1/4 hrs one way Beginning at the Collins West Access parking lot in Gruetli-Laager, primarily hiking on the pretty Collins Gulf Trail, we will descend into Collins Gulf (crossing in front of Suter Falls), traverse the rocky hillside, and continue to Horsepound Falls (our lunch destination). There should be an abundance of wildflowers (2 dozen+?). Rated Moderately Strenuous due to the elevation change (400’ down, and then back up), and the rocky areas. Leader is Donald Box - Donaldbox@epbfi.com