Total Miles Hiked: 4.2
6 Oct. 2019
Quick post for a short hike - I got to do a Leave No Trace trainer course in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park this weekend. It was a really fantastic course, and I'm really grateful to those organizations that supported the course: Friends of the Smokies and Great Smoky Mountains Association, and to the folks that ran the course.
There was a little time at the end of the course which was run in the Big Creek area, so I took advantage of the opportunity to do the Chestnut Branch trail. This is a short connector trail that runs from the Big Creek road near the Ranger Station up to the Appalachian Trail. It's 2.1 miles long and gains about 1200 feet in elevation.
|Chestnut Branch is a very picturesque little stream|
|You know it's either really cold, or really dry when the Rhododendron leaves curl up! Wow - we need some rain!|
|Steep section near the middle of the trail.|
|My new shoes - Altra Lone Peaks|
|The Appalachian Trail!|
Til next time, happy hiking.