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GSMNP - Kephart Loop with Charlies Bunion

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cherokee,North Carolina
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Jul 6 2021  8:30 am >> Tue, Jul 6 2021 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jun 24 2021 7:15 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jul 4 2021 7:25 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:15 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
Leigh B
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (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.


Join us on a weekday adventure in the Smoky Mountains!

We will be hiking on the Cherokee side of the park and avoid Gatlinburg completely.

1. Bradley Fork and Chasteen Creek Loop

2. Kephart Loop with Charlies Bunion


This challenging hike offers an alternative route to Charlies Bunion to avoid the crowds of Newfound Gap. We will start on the Kephart Prong Trail that is adjacent to the Kephart Prong. The Prong will serenade us for the 2 mile jaunt to Kephart Shelter. At the shelter a right turn will take us to the Grassy Branch Trail for a second round of creek serenades. When we meet the Dry Sluice Gap Trail, a left turn will keep us headed up and in the right direction. Quickly we will meet up with the AT and the side trail to Charlies Bunion. After enjoying the views and our lunches we will continue on the AT until the intersection with the Sweat-Heifer Creek Trail... what a great name! this trail will take us back to our cars to complete our lollipop adventure.

This is a difficult D6 event, recent D5/D6 experience is required to join the fun.

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