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Hiking and Wilderness Advocacy Group

Here's a story about a hiking and wilderness advocacy group, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, that I've never heard of, but might be of interest to you.

Here's their website.

Lumber Ridge Trail 2009-06-19

We hiked Lumber Ridge Trail rather than Gregory Bald. Gregory Bald will wait till next year. There were thirteen hikers. It was hot. We all glowed with sweat.

Pictures courtesy Rose Remund:

Abrams Falls Trail Closed

On June 20 Knoxville Sentinel reported that Abrams Falls Trail has been closed due to bears getting too close to hikers.

Here's the link: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jun/20/sunbear-keeps-getting-too-close...

Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog reports this:

Abrams Falls Trail is closed again
The Knox News Sentinel is reporting that the Abrams Falls Trail in Cades Cove has closed for the second time this month due to aggressive bear activity.

Park rangers closed the Abrams Falls trail Thursday and don't plan to reopen it until the black bear prowling around it can be tracked or caught, spokeswoman Nancy Gray said.

Park rangers closed the popular Abrams Falls Trail earlier this month after a black bear became aggressive toward two groups of hikers. A member of the first group ran into Abrams Creek in order to escape the bear. In a second incident, a visitor climbed a tree after being bluff-charged by the bear.

Last Minute Change to Gregory Bald Hike

Fellow Hikers,

Due to the condition of the access road to the Gregory Bald trail head, Wes McNeal has decided to change the hike to Lumber Ridge.

This hike is 8.2 miles round trip (4.1 miles each way) with an elevation climb of 1,600 ft. It is rated as Moderate to Strenuous.

Chestnut Top Hike

Here's some pictures from the Chestnut Top Hike from June 3.
Courtesy of Gail Eades.

Mt LeConte 2009-05-19

12 intrepid hikers walked to Mt LeConte on a perfect spring day.

Pictures courtesy of Ron Bastien:

Porters Creek Trail 2009-05-13

Eight hikers walked Porters Creek Trail Wednesday May 13. Perfect weather. The forest was lush from the recent rains. Some spring flowers along the way and unusually large trees suggesting that this area was not heavily logged. 40 foot waterfall and turn of the century cemetery.

Here's some pictures:

    May 8 Hike Canceled. Rescheduled for May 13.

    Porters Creek Trail Hike scheduled for May 8 was canceled due to severe rain storms.

    Hike is now rescheduled for Wednesday, May 13.

    Bev Hawkins, hike leader, says this hike is well worth the drive. She says:

    "Hikers,
    Let's try once more for the Porters Creek Trail 7.4 miles out and back, next Wednesday 5/13, 8 a.m. at the visitor center to car pool. There is about 1500 feet elevation gain in 3 miles (quite strenuous) with many rocks and roots to maneuver. I suggest hiking boots and poles to help protect your balance and ankles. The trail follows the creek (very full and rushing with all the rain) and offers much beauty to see and hear. Even if we miss some of the spring wildflowers, the old home sights, Ownby Cemetery, and 40' Fern Branch Falls make this one worth another try."

    Frozen Head State Park 2009-04-20

    Looks like it was a great hike.

    Pictures courtesy Ron Bastien:















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    Bob Stratton Bald 2009-04-24

    Beautiful day and hike.

    Here's some pictures courtesy of Gail Eades: (Click on one of them)











































    HOA Ace Gap Hike

    Ace Gap TrailAce Gap TrailThursday April 23, 2009 - HOA hike to Ace Gap Trail in the Smokies.

    Nice, easy, spring flower hike. Led by Larry Peck

    Beautiful weather, 50s and 60s, sunny. Hike has gentle up hills and down hills. 28 in group. But the wild flowers were disappointing. There weren't many. Due to the cold winter, we believe the blooms have been delayed.













    Photos courtesy of Gail Eades. Click on a thumbnail for bigger image.