Tuesday, October 11, 2016

AT - Clingmans Dome to NewFound Gap

Day One: 4.5                                                    Outcasts Total Miles: 1963.13
Trail to tower 0.5
AT 3.5
Sugarland Trail 0.5
Day Two: 4.7
Sugarland Trail 0.5
AT 4.2
Total Miles: 9.2 

We headed up to the Smoky's and left a car at Newfound Gap on our way to Clingman's Dome. The traffic was horrendous so it took us an hour to drive from Newfound Gap to Clingman's Dome parking area.

Once we got a parking spot, we headed the half mile paved trail up to the tower. Lot's of people everywhere. Finally, when we got on the AT, we were alone and didn't see anyone until we got to the Sugerland trail sign. When we got to the Mt. Collins shelter there were two couples in tents and four others in the shelter.

We had a night of visiting around a fire in the fireplace as they had removed the outside fire ring due to people cutting live trees.

The next day we got up and hiked out to Newfound Gap.