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Great Smoky Mountains – Andrew’s Bald/Ramsey Cascades

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Our latest adventure led us to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park a couple of weekends ago.  Darrin, Tommy and I hiked Andrew’s bald on Friday following up with Ramsey Cascades Saturday morning.

Andrew’s Bald trailhead is located next to the Clingman’s Dome parking lot.  The trail is about 3.5 miles round trip in length and it’s rated as moderate.

The trail has had some work done and is in good shape.  It descends for the most part all the way out to Andrew’s Bald leaving you with a few views of the mountains on your right as you hike along the way.  There are minor water run offs along the trail and in a pinch you could probably filter water from these areas if need be, but considering the distance of the trail, that shouldn’t be necessary.

Here are some pic’s along the way.

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After an easy descent, we arrived at our destination!  We lucked up and had a fantastic 180 degree view of the surrounding mountains with the clouds lying around like an open sea below us.

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After exploring around the area and taking pics it was time to relax and have some snacks.

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The area wasn’t too busy with us passing by or meeting only around 20 people during the trip (a lot less people than the Clingman’s Dome area for sure), that makes this a good get away if you happen to be up in the area.

After lunch, it was time for us to head back out.  The trail is super easy coming down but clearly gets its moderate difficulty rating from the climb back out.

Here’s the Runkeeper information of the hike.

Ramsey Cascades

We woke up early saturday morning, checked out of our cabin grabbed a quick breakfast and headed to Gatlinburg to the Ramsey Cascades trailhead.

The trail head is located six miles east of Gatlinburg on Hwy 321.  Tommy and Darrin have been on the trail before, but this was my first time.  The trail gains 2375 feet over its 4 mile course and the 8 mile round trip is considered strenuous in difficulty.

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The Crew sets out!

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Foot bridge along the way.

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The last couple of miles you’ll enter a section of the woods with some old trees.  These are some of the oldest trees in the park.

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Finally arrived!  Ramsey Cascades is the tallest waterfall in the park at 100 feet.

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Ramsey’s was a great trip and definitely a good payoff.  Be sure to bring your jacket with you because it gets cold around the waterfall this time of year.  Runkeeper of the trip.

-David

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GSMNP Hike(s)!

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GSMNP

Some friends and I are heading off next weekend to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This park is practically in our back yard being only 1 ½ hours away, so we like to take advantage of that as often as possible.

Tommy and I are planning on going up on Friday and hiking Andrew’s Bald and then hiking Ramsey Cascades Saturday morning with Darrin and Mike and possibly Jason if he can get free to go.  I plan on having a trip report ASAP after the trip!

-David

Abrams Falls 2/23/13

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This is a trail that is in the Great Smoky Mountains in the Cades Cove area that is a very nice hike with plenty to see as you make your way to the falls. This was a trip that we were suppose to do earlier in the year but things come up and didn’t get to go. It was suppose to be Jason, Darrin, Kelvin, and myself but it turns out on this trip it was just me and Darrin. We did get to drive through Cades Cove and see all the beauty of the surrounding mountains and the wildlife.

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So once we get around halfway in it is time for us to turn on our road that leads us to the trail head.

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This trail went up and down quite a bit and I think it took us about a hour to get back to the falls.

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The falls itself wasn’t very tall but there was a massive amount of water that was flowing from it.

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Here is a picture of the elevation of the trail.
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It was a great day we got here early and had the falls all to ourselves for about a hour, but on the way out I bet we passed close to 75 people going down to the falls. Now I will show you a video of the falls…..

All in all it was another great day for hiking and can’t wait to get back to the Great Smoky Mountains to do some more trails. So until next time see ya on the trail…..Tommy

Why do I hike?

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Why do I hike? I recently read an article along the same lines as this so I said to myself, why do I hike? It is rather simple really. I love getting out and seeing all the great natural beauties that are out there in this area. From the great mountains that I have seen along the way to the beautiful waterfalls cascading down. Now at some point I am wanting to try and do more than just a overnight backpacking trip, but haven’t made it to that point yet due to just being so busy with my everyday life. So I really don’t know how I would hold up on a multi-day backpacking trip, but I so want to find out. Enough about that for now but one of the reasons that I have found to be true about hiking is that there is such an solitude and calmness while on these adventures that words are just hard to describe the feeling as you are out there in the woods resting along side a mountain stream just listening to the water just passing by, it is so calming and makes you relax. From the camaraderie with my friends and just not having a worry or care in the world for that moment in time. As you are away from all the modern technology that the world has to offer these days, which are many, it is like you are threw back in time by having to depend on what the land gives to you in one sort of way. You also are putting your body through a vigorous torment to get to that place to get your pay off, which is the pin ultimate when you get to the end and get to admire such beauty. There are many days right after the hikes that I can hardly walk but looking back I would not change a thing about it. So this is just a few of my thoughts on why I hike and there is probably some more I could think of but I think that is all for now. So why do you hike? Let us know some of your thoughts and comments on the subject. I will leave you with a few of my pics and videos of hikes that I have been on and let us know what you think. So until then hope to see you on the trail…..
Tommy

Big South Fork Honey Creek Overlook Winter Overnighter
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Me at the Cliff Tops at Mount LeConte Great Smoky Mountains
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View on way to Mount LeConte
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Laurel Falls Dayton,Tn Over Nighter
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Me on top of Laurel Falls Dayton,Tn
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Top of Laurel Falls Dayton,Tn
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Tents at Laurel Falls Dayton,Tn
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Laurel Falls Area
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Myrtle Point Mount LeConte

Cliff Tops Mount LeConte

So yeah this is why I hike! How about you? Have a great day and we will see you on the trail…..
Tommy

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Here we go again

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Well, it is that time again to try and let everyone in on our little hiking/backpacking trips that we enjoy so much. I am really wanting it to cool down so we can get back on the trail. When I first started hiking I was very unsure if I would even like it, but once I have started I now can say that I definitely have it in my blood and really can’t get enough. I remember my first hiking trip that we went on. It was in the Big South Fork, O&W Bridge Trail and it was pretty cool to do this with some of my co-workers. I was really hooked once we started going more and more and we started hiking in and camping. One of our favorite places around is in Dayton,Tn and it is called Laurel Falls. Here is a picture of it.
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A lot of my favorite hikes are, however, in the Great Smoky Mountains! I will share some of my pictures from our past hikes that will include Mt. LeConte, Ramsay’s Cascades, and Charlie’s Bunion. I hope you enjoy the pictures and we will try and keep this updated as we are able to get out on the trail. So until then we will see you on the trail…..
Tommy
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Ramsey Cascades GSMNP

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We decided to venture into the Great Smoky Mountains for the weekend. Darrin, Tommy, and I were looking through the Little Brown Book of GSMNP and discussed which area to go in to. We thought we would give Ramsey Cascades a try and I have to say, it was a very impressive hike. The waterfalls were great and I actually really enjoyed the VERY large trees along the way. I think they were tulip poplars and the biggest I had seen in this area of any kind. I am attaching a YouTube clip taken with Darrin’s GoPro camera. The video is long at over 50 minutes, but it takes you from beginning to end of our trek.

Jason

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