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Hike - Spence Field - Wed., June 26, 2013

Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota (Cooper) Center
Distance:   10.5 miles round trip
Rating:    Strenuous
Driving time:  1.25 hours
Leader:  Hamish deWilde  860-716-4016
This trail begins at the circular parking area of the picnic area at Cades Cove.  I have been up to Spence Field three times this year and it is quite a challenge.  The trail is very rocky and steep but the rewarding view at Spence Field is well worth the effort.  Most of the guide books describe the trail as one of the most rewarding in the park.  A good supply of water and high energy food is needed especially if the weather is hot.  We should arrive at Spence Field in time for lunch.  At the shelter near Spence Field there is a spring, but the water needs to be treated.  Hiking pole(s) are very helpful on this hike.

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.