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Hike - Charlie's Bunion - Wed., July 23, 2014

Depart at 7:30 a.m. from Chota Center (NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME & DESTINATION)
Distance:   Approx. 9.8 miles
Elevation Change:  gain of 1100 ft. in first 4 miles, then a loss of 3000 ft. to US 441                                     
Rating:  Moderate
Driving Time:  2 hrs.  plus car shuttle time
Leader:   John Winn   895-675-6272
This is a one way hike from Newfound Gap to Charlie’s Bunion, then down Dry Sluice Gap, Grassy Branch and Kephart Prong Trails to US 441.  Charlie’s Bunion is one of the most visited destinations in the Smokies for moderate to serious hikers.  On a clear day, the views are spectacular.  From Charlie’s Bunion, the remaining 6 miles are easy because the trail is all downhill.  We will hike on a very pretty but less used route that will take us from the alpine forests of the high peaks down into heavily forested slopes in North Carolina.  Near the end of the hike we will pass signs of an old CCC camp.  Because of the length of the drive to Newfound Gap and the car shuttle, we will leave earlier than usual at 7:30 a.m.

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.