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South Beyond 6000 peaks

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(I'll be posting links to Backpacker.com where you can download gps trip maps for all these when the trips are completed.)

Trip 1 - Plott Balsams - 4 Peaks total - Completed

Option 1 - 10 Miles - 4 peaks

Date: October 19, 2008 completed

Waterless 10 miles in and out

Waterrock Knob, Lyn Lowery, Plotts Balsams, Yellow Face

CMC Easiest route Description Hike topo

Area Topo

Description area topo trail topo

Link on Backpacker Magazine site with trail description write up (WIP)

 

Option 2 - 8 Miles - 3 peaks

Date: April 12, 2008 completed

Waterless 8 miles in and out

Waterrock Knob, Lyn Lowery and Plotts Balsams

Link on Backpacker Magazine site with trail description write up

 

Trip 2 Mt Kephart and Mt Leconte - 2 Peaks - Completed

13.1 miles

Date: April 26, 2008 completed - scattered showers

Via Appalachian Trail, Boulevard Trail, and Alum trail

Description area topo trail topo Kephart (topo)

Need trail description, write up for this route

Re track route ? April 1/2 ????

 

Trip 3 - Mt Collins and Clingman's Dome - 2 Peaks - Completed

9 miles

Date: April 27, 2008 completed - rainy day

Newfound Gap to Clingmans Dome parking lot via the Appalachian Trail and the Clingmans Dome Trail

Description area topo trail topo

Link on Backpacker Magazine site with trail description write up

 

Smokey Mountain National Park

Clingmans Dome and Mount Collins

Appalachian Trail, Clingmans Dome Trail

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A small sample of the fir forest and views. It's often cloudy at the top.

 

Trip ? - Roan Mountains area - 3 peaks

11.4 miles

Date: TBD

Carvers gap to Grassy Ridge Bald and back to Carvers Gap, Carvers Gap to Roan High Knob, to Roan High Bluff, retrace back to Carver's Gap. Total miles - 11.4 miles.

Description area topo trail topo

 

Trip ? - Black Mountains area - 7 peaks

14 miles

Date: TBD

Mt Mitchell Parking lot out to Celo Knob (7 miles) and back to Mt Mitchell parking lot. Visit Mt Craig, Balsam Cone, Potato Hill, Wintr Star Mountain, Gibbs Mountain and Celo Knob, and Mt Mitchell. Total of 14 miles.

Description area topo trail topo

 

Trip ? - Black Mountians area - 3 peaks

12 miles

Date: TBD

Option 1. Mt Mitchell Parking lot to Mt Hallback, Mt Gibbs, Blackstock Knob and retrace route to Mt MItchell Parking lot. Guestimate - 12 miles and 3 peaks.

Description area topo trail topo

Option 2. Black Mountains Circuit

Description area topo trail topo

Note: covers area but not exactly correct

 

Trip ? - Craggy Dome area - 1 Peak

9 miles

Date: TBD

Option 1. Craggy Dome from Balsam Gap; Balsam Gap is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile 359.8. From Balsam Gap follow the Mountains-to-Sea Trail nearly 4 miles to the Greybeard Overlook.  From there climb Craggy Dome and return.  About 9 miles in and out.

Description area topo trail topo (partial)

Option 2. hike to Blackstock Knob and back to Balsam Gap. Aditional 3 miles to Blackstock and Back - adds 3 miles to total 15.

22 down 18 to go

 

Trip ? - Tri corner/AT/Balsam ridge peaks - 9 Peaks

 

Date: TBD Possible April trip with CMC

3-4 day backpacking trip?

Alternate route via Balsam Mtn Trail to Tricorner and three out and backs to catch other peaks near Tricorner

Newfound Gap via AT to

 

Continue on AT to

Tri corners topo

Mt Sequoyah, Chapman, Tri Corner, Yonaguska, Mark's Knob, Luftee Knob, Big Cataloochee,

Back to Tri Corner,

north on AT to

Mt Guyot, Old Black

Return via AT to Newfound gap.

Description area topo trail topo

 

Trip ? - Great Balsam Mountains - 10 Peaks

 

Black Balsam, Tennent, Grassy Cove, Shinning Rock - Completed

Date: October 19, 2008

Area topo

Description area topo trail topo

4 peaks topo description

(Black Balsam, Tennent, Grassy Cove Top, Shining Rock. Out on Art Loeb and Return via Ivestor Trail, climb Sam Knob.)

Link on Backpacker Magazine site with trail description write up (WIP)

 

Date: TBD

Area topo

Needs multiple routes to accomplish

Description area topo trail topo

 

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