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)
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))
Day 3: Carter Gap Shelter to Standing Indian Mountain – No GPS log (AT Map 6.1 Miles)
Standing Indian Mountain to Muskrat Creek Shelter – GPS logged 7.5 miles (AT Map 6.4 miles).
Day 4: Muskrat Creek Shelter to Plumborchard Gap – GPS Logged 8.77 miles (AT Map 7.3 miles).
Plumborchard Gap to Dicks Creek Gap – GPS Logged 5.73 miles (AT Map 4.5 miles).
Total Hike Mileage:
40.2 AT Trail Map, 50.21 actual miles logged (includes side trips like Albert Mountain)
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