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Hike - Charlie's Bunion - Fri., June 29, 2012

 
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
 
CHARLIE’S BUNION
Distance:   8.1 miles
Elevation Gain:   1640 feet
Rating:    Difficult, especially in hot weather
Driving time:  Approx. 2 hours 
Leader:    Hamish deWild     (860-716-4016)    signal530@gmail.com

This challenging trail begins at Newfound Gap in Smoky Mountain National Park.  The trail traverses some of the most spectacular views in the Smokies.  The steady climb over the course of the first two miles will lead to distant observation of the North Carolina Smokies.  At the 2.7 mile point, you will pass Icewater Spring Shelter.  The water is cold, but should not be drunk without treatment.  Many hikers rate the next two miles as some of the most spectacular in the Smokies.  The view from the Bunion makes all the effort worthwhile.
 
Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended. Driving directions will be provided the morning of the hike.
Bring water and a trail lunch. Carpooling is recommended, passengers are asked to contribute $6 to the driver to help cover gas, etc.