Saturday, September 17, 2011

Top 10 Fall Hikes In The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Pt.1

Fall's here, and for many of us, that means that it's the best hiking season of all.
The temperatures are cooler and more comfortable for hiking. The bugs are all but gone. And could there be anything more beautiful than a forest shimmering orange,reds and gold?

1. Charlies Bunion 
Trail Features:Panoramic Views
  Trail Location:Newfound Gap
  Roundtrip Length:8.1 miles
  Total Elevation Gain:1640 feet
  Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 405 feet
  Highest Elevation:6122 feet
  Trail Difficulty Rating:11.38 (strenuous)
  Parking Lot Latitude:35.61084
  Parking Lot Longitude:- 83.42509                                               

2. Rocky Top / Thunderhead
Trail Features:Panoramic Views, Mountain Laurel
  Trail Location:Cades Cove Picnic Area
  Roundtrip Length:13.9 miles
  Total Elevation Gain:3665 feet
  Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 527 feet
  Highest Elevation:5527 feet
  Trail Difficulty Rating:21.23 (strenuous)
  Parking Lot Latitude:35.60493
  Parking Lot Longitude:- 83.77008           

3. Mt. Cammerer
Trail Features:Panoramic Views, History
  Trail Location:Cosby
  Roundtrip Length:12.0 miles
  Total Elevation Gain:2470 feet
  Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 412 feet
  Highest Elevation:4928 feet
  Trail Difficulty Rating:16.94 (strenuous)
  Parking Lot Latitude:35.75195
  Parking Lot Longitude:- 83.20590

4. Mt. LeConte (via Rainbow Falls Trail )
Trail Features:Panoramic Views, Waterfalls
  Trail Location:Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
  Roundtrip Length:13.8 miles
  Total Elevation Gain:3993 feet
  Avg. Elev Gain / Mile: 579 feet
  Highest Elevation:6593 feet
  Trail Difficulty Rating:21.79 (strenuous)
  Parking Lot Latitude:35.67582
  Parking Lot Longitude:- 83.48527

5. Shuckstack Fire Tower
|Trail Features:                    Views / Wildflowers
|Trail Location:                   Fontana Village
|Roundtrip Miles:                  7.0 miles    
|Total Elevation Gain:             2120 feet
|Avg. Elev Gain / Mile:            606 feet
|Highest Elevation:                4020 feet
|Trail Difficulty Rating:          11.24 (strenuous)

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