Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A Hike on the AT
We are starting right at Clingman's Dome which is one of the highest mountains in the east.
We aren't really climbing it because the trail parallels the road and it didn't sound too pretty.
Instead we are parking there and hiking about 6 miles down the AT and turning around and returning to Clingman's Dome.
The trail is very up and down following the ridge of the mountains which is also the border between NC and TN.
We get to see their trail log notes to each other at one of the shelters along the trail. This is how they communicate which each other as over 3000 hikers are attempting the feat this year.
This shelter was pretty nice.
For a 12 mile hike we feel pretty good at the end. We climb the observation town and get a good look around.
Many thru hikers take a day off the trail here to head to Gallingburg for a resupply and shower before continuing.
Later as I write this I know why as Gattlingburg is about the most abnoxious tourist town I have ever seen. And after 2 or 3 weeks in the woods (or even anyplace else) it must seem horrible.