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Friday October 13, 2017 Smokies Location: Bryson City/Clingman’s Dome Driving time: 2 ½ hours one way Distance: 17.2 miles Elevation: 4,500 descent Rating: Strenuous Pace: Standard We’ll plan to stay overnight in Bryson City on Thursday, October 12th and place cars at Tunnel to Nowhere to make Friday morning more efficient. There is also the possibility of a key swap or hiring a shuttle which would cost approximately $15/hiker. The hike will start on Friday morning at Clingman’s Dome on the Appalachian Trail. We’ll hike southbound on the AT to Welch Ridge trail, where we’ll start descending to Jonas Creek, and then on to Forney Creek at Campsite 70, Whiteoak Branch and out the Lakeshore Trail. There will be some ascent on Whiteoak Branch and the Lakeshore Trail. Stream crossings on Jonas Creek may necessitate water shoes. If we handle our own shuttle, we’ll need to retrieve cars at Clingman’s Dome which means a late return. Contact hike leader Barbara McCollum at email@example.com or 770.289.7143 to register.