GSMNP, Gregory Bald after Christmas backpacking
|Event Location:||Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Gregory Bald (Campsite #13)|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Dec 26 2020 10:30 am >> Sun, Dec 27 2020 2:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Mon, Dec 21 2020 8:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Thu, Dec 24 2020 8:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||1 Days 3 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
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|Member Cost:||$5.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||6|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Come join me for a challenging backpack trip to the summit of Gregory Bald.
This is a loop hike that begins at Twenty Mile Ranger Station and covers a total distance of approximately 15.6 miles. We'll begin by hiking counterclockwise the Twenty Mile and Long Hungry Ridge Trails to Gregory Bald. We will cover about 8.2 miles on our first day and we will ascend 3300 feet to the Bald. We will camp at campsite #13, which is a little less than half a mile below the Bald. The descent on Sunday is about 7 miles on the Wolf Ridge trail.
I have a reservation for 6 people at campsite #13. The cost of the reservation permit is $24.
Because of the elevation that we will be camping at, about 5,000 feet, it may be much colder than you're used to. For now weather forecast is low 14F so make sure you bring a sleeping bag that is warm enough for the conditions. I will provide more information about the weather a few days before the hike takes place.
recommend that you bring layers of clothes, warm jackets, etc. to keep yourself warm at night. We can build a fire (weather permitting) at the campsite. However, we'll probably take a nighttime stroll up to the Bald where it tends to be windy and there are no fires allowed on top to keep you warm.
|How to Get There:|
TwentyMile Ranger Station NC
Thanks to Bob Bunner for some of this write-up.
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The reservation permit cost $24. I will prorate the cost of the permit among the people who attend the event, but no one will be responsible for more than $5.
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