GSMNP, Gregory Bald after Christmas backpacking - Sat, Dec 26 2020

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GSMNP, Gregory Bald after Christmas backpacking

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Gregory Bald (Campsite #13)   Backpacking: GSMNP, Gregory Bald after Christmas backpacking  National Weather Service Forecast
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
Distance:16 Miles
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Member Cost:$5.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
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.

Required Items to Bring:

* Meals needed

- 1 Lunch for Saturday
- 1 Dinner for Saturday night
- 1 Breakfast for Sunday morning
- (Optional) 1 Lunch for Sunday (we'll probably reach the trailhead around noon on Sunday and stop someplace to eat on the way home)
- Bring trail snacks

* Hiking Boots/Hiking Shoes
* Backpack for overnight trip
* Tent
* Sleeping Bag rated at 20F degrees or warmer
* Thermarest/Sleeping Pad
* Backpacking Stove
* Water, either in camel back or nalgene carriers

Please see the AOC Backpacking Checklist for other required and recommended items.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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* Water Filter
* Lighter or matches
* Bring layers, including a warm jacket - expect it to be windy on top of the Bald.
* Gaitors

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

TwentyMile Ranger Station NC

(35.4670218, -83.8779538)


Thanks to Bob Bunner for some of this write-up.

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Member Cost:$5.00/Person
Cost Includes:

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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