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Smoky Mountains Mt. Cammerer Hike
|Event Location:||Cosby Campground|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, May 23 2020 9:00 am >> Sat, May 23 2020 4:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Jan 16 2020 7:30 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, May 22 2020 7:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||7 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult (Exploratory)|
|Trip Leader(s):||Ann Howard|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||12|
|Minimum Group Size:||3|
|Number Registered So Far:||12 / 12 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.
You are welcome to combine all or some of the hikes held by Trish and Jeff with these - for a full week of hiking. This is not a paid event. All costs: housing, food, transportation are paid by the members themselves. Consider housing in the Gatlinburg, TN area - please make reservations early and look for a good cancellation policy in the event of bad weather.
Backpacker Magazine named the Smokies hike to Mt. Cammerer as the National Parks' "Best Wildflower Hike" in its November 2009 issue. The challenging 16-mile Mt. Cammerer loop begins at the Cosby Campground trailhead (.25 miles) and then follows the Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail where trilliums not seen elsewhere in the park blossom and dwarf-crested iris paint the ground purple. After 7.4 miles, the trail intersects with the Appalachian Trail, and we will follow the AT for 2.3 miles until we reach the Mt. Cammerer Trail, which we will hike up .6 miles to have lunch at the fire tower. After lunch, we will hike back down the Mt. Cammerer Trail (.6 miles) and continue down the AT for 2.1 miles until we reach the junction with the Lower Gap Trail. The 2.5 mile trail will take us past orchid-like spring beauties that cover the forest floor like snow and pockets of yellow trout lilies until we return to the Cosby Campground (.25 miles).
|How to Get There:|
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Cosby, TN, proceed south on TN 32 about 1.5 miles south of the junction with US 321. Turn right at Cosby sign. Campground is another 2 miles.
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