Backcountry Forum
Backpacking & Hiking Gear

Backcountry Forum
Our long-time Sponsor - the leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear
 
 
 
Backcountry Gear Clearance and Sale

Amazon.com
Backpacking Forums
BackcountryGear.com
backcountry gear

---- Our Gear Store ----
The Lightweight Gear Store
 
 ULTRA-LIGHT 

Ultralight Backpacks
Ultralight Bivy Sacks
Ultralight Shelters
Ultralight Tarps
Ultralight Tents
Ultralight Raingear
Ultralight Stoves & Cookware
Ultralight Down Sleeping Bags
Ultralight Synthetic Sleep Bags
Ultralight Apparel


the Titanium Page
WM Extremelite Sleeping Bags

 CAMPING & HIKING 

Backpacks
Tents
Sleeping Bags
Hydration
Kitchen
Accessories

 CLIMBING 

Ropes & Cordage
Protection & Hardware
Carabiners & Quickdraws
Climbing Packs & Bags
Big Wall
Rescue & Industrial

 MEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 WOMEN'S APPAREL 

Jackets
Shirts
Baselayer
Headwear
Gloves
Accessories

 FOOTWEAR 

Men's Footwear
Women's Footwear

 CLEARANCE 

Backpacks
Mens Apparel
Womens Apparel
Climbing
Footwear
Accessories

 BRANDS 

Black Diamond
Granite Gear
La Sportiva
Osprey
Smartwool

 WAYS TO SHOP 

Sale
Clearance
Top Brands
All Brands

 Backpacking Equipment 

Shelters
BackPacks
Sleeping Bags
Water Treatment
Kitchen
Hydration
Climbing


 Backcountry Gear Clearance


 WINTER CAMPING 

Shelters
Bivy Bags
Sleeping Bags
Sleeping Pads
Snow Sports
Winter Kitchen

 SNOWSPORTS 

Snowshoes
Avalanche Gear
Skins
Hats, Gloves, & Gaiters
Accessories

Stay Healthy--Eat Well

MARY JANES FARM ORGANIC MEALS

Mary Janes Farm Organic Backcountry Meals

NATURAL HIGH GOURMET MEALS

Natural High

 

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#188232 - 12/24/14 11:09 AM Smoky Mountains Day Hike 12/16/14
ETSU Pride Offline
member

Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 931
Loc: Knoxville, TN
These pictures below are from a day hike I did the other weekend in the Smokies. It was probably one the most underrated day hike I ever done in the Smokies. It one of those trails tourists don't venture out, and it was a sweet fun trail. The first mile had a barn that was built around 1870s by a homesteader that settled in the area. There was also cemetery on the trail with dates marked in late 1800s and early 1900s. I'm only going show my 4 favorites below, and I can post more if you wish. smile

I saw a set of bear paws, and it looks like a big one!



Maybe I overdid the edit, but this is a tunnel mountain laurels and other members of the heath family that will greet you on the final 1/3 of mile push to the summit. the mountain people called these thickets "hells".





I ran into one person the entire 12 mile round trip, and he was kind of enough take this photo for me.



And last but not least, one of my favorite picture I took:



This is the entire eastern flank of the Great Smoky Mountains. Mt. LeConte is the dominate peak in the foreground, while the rest is Charlie Bunions, Mt. Sequoyah, Mt. Guyot, and beyond. The entire AT runs over those mountains in this picture.

Thank you for viewing, and I do have a lot more pictures! I also have another day hike I need to post on here as well.


_________________________
It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.-- Horace Kephart

Top
#188235 - 12/24/14 12:30 PM Re: Smoky Mountains Day Hike 12/16/14 [Re: ETSU Pride]
bluefish Offline
member

Registered: 06/05/13
Posts: 677
Outstanding! I've fought through some of those thickets bluelining, they're aptly named.
_________________________
Charlie

Top
#188236 - 12/24/14 02:00 PM Re: Smoky Mountains Day Hike 12/16/14 [Re: bluefish]
OregonMouse Online   content
member

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 6372
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Looks like a great hike! I'd love to see more pics if you have time!
_________________________
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey

Top
#188240 - 12/24/14 05:54 PM Re: Smoky Mountains Day Hike 12/16/14 [Re: ETSU Pride]
4evrplan Offline
member

Registered: 01/16/13
Posts: 628
Loc: Nacogdoches, TX, USA
Your favorite of the bunch is my favorite too. Beautiful.

Top
#188243 - 12/24/14 06:48 PM Re: Smoky Mountains Day Hike 12/16/14 [Re: 4evrplan]
ETSU Pride Offline
member

Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 931
Loc: Knoxville, TN
A couple more:

This is a barn built by a homesteader that settled in the area. Built around 1875, and barn of this type were popular among those who settled in this area. You see few more of these in Cades Cove.



Here is the cemetery of the settlers that lived in the area before it became a national park.



The sun was bright on this day, and many of the plant life were still green at this mid-elevation, at the beginning of the hike it looks like winter has already arrived as all the trees were bare. Here, it was as if spring was coming. They stay green year around I believe:



I had to hop across this beautiful cascade that was a deep pool. It would been nice to soak in this pool on super hot day, but it was tad too cold this time smile



At one point the trail went from walking on leaves, to pine straws to this:



Hope you enjoyed the few extras!


Edited by ETSU Pride (12/24/14 06:50 PM)
_________________________
It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.-- Horace Kephart

Top
#188244 - 12/24/14 06:52 PM Re: Smoky Mountains Day Hike 12/16/14 [Re: ETSU Pride]
ETSU Pride Offline
member

Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 931
Loc: Knoxville, TN
Whoops, forgot this one:



This is same as my favorite above except it further to the left that wasn't included in the picture above.


Edited by ETSU Pride (12/24/14 06:52 PM)
_________________________
It is one of the blessings of wilderness life that it shows us how few things we need in order to be perfectly happy.-- Horace Kephart

Top

Shout Box

Highest Quality Lightweight Down Sleeping Bags
 
Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags
 
Lite Gear Talk - Featured Topics
Bivvy Sack combo Arrangement
by Jim M
10/18/17 01:58 AM
what is the lightest framed backpack around 40L
by toddfw2003
10/16/17 07:23 PM
a worthy challenger to the msr pocket rocket2
by the-gr8t-waldo
10/16/17 01:28 PM
Backcountry Discussion - Featured Topics
Napa Fires
by balzaccom
10/11/17 07:43 PM
Backpacking the Ouachita Trail thanksgiving
by toddfw2003
10/05/17 11:54 PM
Rockfalll on El Capitan in Yosemite
by balzaccom
09/28/17 09:47 AM
Make Your Own Gear - Featured Topics
alcohol stove comparisons
by Bike_packer
10/03/17 08:56 PM
Can footprint plasticizer harm tent ground-sheet?
by Weston1000
09/10/17 02:24 AM
Featured Photos
Breakneck Ridge, New York
May 2012 Eclipse, Lassen Park
New Years Eve 2011
Trip Report with Photos
Seven Devils, Idaho
Oat Hill Mine Trail 2012
Dark Canyon - Utah
Who's Online
1 registered (), 31 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Blackbuzzard, LivelyLiz, Weve, Tones21, Pasquale
12424 Registered Users
Forum Links
Disclaimer
Policies
Site Links
HOME
Backpacking.net
Family Hiking
Lightweight Gear Store
Backpacking Book Store
Lightweight Zone
Hiking Essentials

Outdoor Gear Daily Deals
Outlets, Sales, Bargains

Our long-time Sponsor, BackcountryGear.com - The leading source for ultralite/lightweight outdoor gear:

Backcountry Forum
 
 

Since 1996 - the Original Backcountry Forum
Copyright © The Lightweight Backpacker & BackcountryForum.com