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2023-10-23 GSMNP-008 Mt LeConte from Newfound Gap
|Event Location:||Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Newfound Gap Parking Lot|
|Date(s) & Time:||Mon, Oct 23 2023 9:00 am >> Mon, Oct 23 2023 5:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 5:45 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Mar 1 2023 7:04 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sun, Oct 22 2023 12:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||Approx. 8 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D6: Advanced|
|Trip Leader(s):||Bill Wey|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||5|
|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|
<<< Mt LeConte from Newfound Gap >>>
We will meet and start from the Newfound Gap parking lot. This is an out and back round trip hiking.
This trail is well known to be one of the most popular hiking routes in GSMNP. It goes through various geological formations and landscapes offering excellent views along our way to the summit of Mt. LeConte standing at 6,593 feet of elevation.
We’ll take the Appalachian Trail (AT) north bound(NB) for 2.7 miles, then turn left to take the Boulevard Trail for about 5.5 miles to reach Mt. LeConte. We’ll also follow some spur trail to Cliff Tops to enjoy its wide open views. The total out and back mileages will be about 17 miles.
The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. Our duration time is an estimate, and we need to have some flexibility.
Please only register if you are comfortable hiking long distance in the remote mountains environment, and have solid D5 experience. A good reference is you can easily finish my Kennesaw 10 hike in 4 hours.
If your experience is not from the club, please include it in a note, or email TL; otherwise you’ll be moved to waiting list for the safety of everyone. We encourage our members to actively participate with joyful experience, and most importantly to stay healthy and safe at the end of our event.
|How to Get There:|
1) Take I-85 North about 18 miles to Exit #113, I-985 North. (The Indian Trail Park/Ride Lot at Exit #101).
NOTE: In lieu of using the above simplified directions from NE Atlanta you can enter "Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 1194 Newfound Gap Rd, Cherokee, NC 28719" as your destination and use Google.com/Maps for detailed directions from any point of origin.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||322Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||5:45 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
|Carpool Directions:||Log in for directions|
|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $128.80 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.|
1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.
2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.
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