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Hike- Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald via A.T. - Fri., Aug.8, 2014 (canceled because of forecasted rain)

Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center
Distance:   10.2 miles
Elevation Gain:  1200 feet
Rating:   Difficult
Driving Time:  2.25 hours
Leader:   John Winn   895-675-6272
We will hike the Appalachian Trail from Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald, returning along the same route.  The trail follows the main spine of the Smokies and offers great views of both the Tennessee Valley and of Fontana Lake and the ridges in North Carolina.  The lowest point on the hike is at an altitude of 5400 ft., making for a cool summer hike.  Pack a light jacket as the temperature will be at least 20 degrees cooler than in the Village.  The climb back to Clingmans Dome at the end of the hike is quite steep and rocky, so the hike is rated as difficult.  At the end of the hike, we will climb the observation tower at Clingmans Dome and take a well deserved rest as we survey the 360 degree view from the highest point in Tennessee.

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.