Appalachian Trail Hike 4/28 – 5/1/11

This was a nice hike from Winding Stairs Parking lot West of Franklin, NC to Dicks Creek Gap on Hwy 76 West of Clayton, Ga. The highlights of the hike were at Albert Mountain and Standing Indian Mountain, which provided beautiful Vistas. The trail map mileage was 40 miles, but we actually logged about 50 miles with side trips, etc. I preferred the North Carolina trail segments, which had smoother gradients with many switchbacks even though at a higher altitude than the Georgia trails. Portions of the Georgia hike were straight uphill and straight downhill.

Day 1: Winding Stairs Parking lot on Highway 64 to Big Spring Gap Shelter – GPS logged 12.45 miles (AT map 9.1 miles)

Winding Stairs Parking to Big Spring Gap Shelter - 12.45 mi logged

Day 2: Big Spring Gap Shelter to Albert Mountain, then back to Carter Gap Shelter – GPS logged 9.66 miles (AT map 6.8 miles (excludes side to Albert Mountain))

Big Spring Gap to Carter Gap w/ side to Albert Mountain 9.66 mi logged

Day 3: Carter Gap Shelter to Standing Indian Mountain – No GPS log (AT Map 6.1 Miles)

Carter Gap to Standing Indian Mountain Google Earth (no GPS log) 6.1 miles

Standing Indian Mountain to Muskrat Creek Shelter – GPS logged 7.5 miles (AT Map 6.4 miles).

Standing Indian Mountain to Muskrat Creek Shelter 7.50 miles logged

Day 4: Muskrat Creek Shelter to Plumborchard Gap – GPS Logged 8.77 miles (AT Map 7.3 miles).

Muskrat Creek Shelter to Plumborchard Creek 8.77 miles logged

Plumborchard Gap to Dicks Creek Gap – GPS Logged 5.73 miles (AT Map 4.5 miles).

Plumborchard Gap to Dicks Creek Gap 5.73 miles logged

 

Total Hike Mileage:

40.2 AT Trail Map, 50.21 actual miles logged (includes side trips like Albert Mountain)

Pictorial:

Outlook on the Way to Standing Springs Gap on Day 1

Standing Springs Gap Shelter

Nice Little Spring Near Albert Mountain

Day 2 - View from Atop Albert Mountain

Albert Mountain View

Albert Mountain View

Albert Mountain View

Day 3 - Standing Indian Mountain, elev. 5380

Standing Indian Mountain View

Standing Indian Mountain View

Standing Indian Mountain View

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2 Responses to Appalachian Trail Hike 4/28 – 5/1/11

  1. Michel van Musschenbroek says:

    Hi Mike
    Just wanted to say the photos are great! There is some beautiful country to behold.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Michel

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