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    The AT in the park (and south to Nantahala) is...

    The AT in the park (and south to Nantahala) is maintained by volunteers from the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club.

    Some trails in the park are maintained by adopt-a-trail volunteers. The Sweat Crews and...
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    I hiked Spruce Mountain Trail on Saturday. It...

    I hiked Spruce Mountain Trail on Saturday. It dead ends near campsite 42.

    The sign for Polls Gap says "Polls Gap Trail is unsafe and temporarily closed".

    It is very weathered.
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    Yes, I called the backcountry office when I got a...

    Yes, I called the backcountry office when I got a text about the ban.

    Although GSMNP website specified canister stoves, the gentleman I talked with said alcohol stoves were o.k., "just be careful".
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    Like HooKoo said, not enough rain yet to soak in...

    Like HooKoo said, not enough rain yet to soak in and make a difference.

    For the past four or five seasons I've helped maintain an AT section in the park and asked to be copied in on ridge runner...
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    I think there was a sign on the Eagle Creek side...

    I think there was a sign on the Eagle Creek side but don't remember exactly what it said. Wish I had taken a picture.

    On the Jenkins Ridge side I'm pretty sure it said "un maintained trail".
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    I recall seeing a piling, like a old bridge...

    I recall seeing a piling, like a old bridge support across stream at one point. Is that the crossing?

    If one wanted to bail due to high water that really wouldn't be an option.

    If traveling...
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    I've been happy with a set of Komperdell...

    I've been happy with a set of Komperdell Ridgehiker poles that I ordered from Sierra Trading Post for $79.99. Lever locking adjustments with cork handles.
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    Be alert for yellow jackets. My friend got...

    Be alert for yellow jackets.

    My friend got stung last week by a random yellow jacket as we were breaking camp at Bone Valley in GSMNP. We had been there the previous evening and overnight and...
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    The other thing about going downhill on Eagle...

    The other thing about going downhill on Eagle Creek is that the crossings get progressively deeper as you work downstream. Not a problem now with low water conditions but when the rains start it...
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    Did not see a bear. Lot of fresh scat and hog...

    Did not see a bear.

    Lot of fresh scat and hog rooting .

    We were reading the Proctor information sign at the bridge and looked up to see an osprey flying downstream carrying a large trout.
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    I'm sorry to hear about your dad. Hospice was a...

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad. Hospice was a great help with my wife .

    I need to get an updated trail guide and topo maps.

    The white house with green trim is the Calhoun house. Looks good...
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    I was at Spence Field on Sunday, October 6. The...

    I was at Spence Field on Sunday, October 6. The pipe would drip one drop about every 30 seconds.

    It rained some during the night, but not much. Hardly enough to settle the dust. There was a...
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    Eagle Creek/Jenkins Ridge Loop

    With the dry conditions it seemed like a good time to hike Eagle Creek and color in that trail on my map of the Smokies. My hiking partner had some time off work and wanted to do a 5 day trip. I did...
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    Yeah, in wilderness areas I leave them alone. ...

    Yeah, in wilderness areas I leave them alone.


    But, if they build on my property they are fair game.
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    Wasps protecting a nest seem to be much more...

    Wasps protecting a nest seem to be much more aggressive than foraging insects. And as others have noted they seem to even more aggressive at this time of the year. It does pay to be alert for bees...
  16. If you plan to change your itinerary, it might be...

    If you plan to change your itinerary, it might be best to do it as soon as possible. You are talking about a fall weekend in Smokies.

    Either loop is good, but my preference would be the Cosby/...
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    I did call. The gentleman that I talked to said...

    I did call. The gentleman that I talked to said my alcohol stove would be o.k., "just be careful ".
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    I'll do that. My plans are to do just as you say...

    I'll do that. My plans are to do just as you say and wear an old pair of shoes and as you said not change until further upstream.
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    When are you doing Eagle Creek?

    When are you doing Eagle Creek?
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    I received the text today also. My trip starts...

    I received the text today also. My trip starts next Saturday. The plan is for a multi day loop beginning at Fontana Dam. It seems like a good time to mark Eagle Creek off my map.

    Looks like I'll...
  21. There is being to be a little color in the...

    There is being to be a little color in the highest elevations. Forecasters are predicting that peak color will be later this year due to heat. This weekend temperatures are supposed to be near record...
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    I've thought about doing this, but couldn't it...

    I've thought about doing this, but couldn't it contaminate the syringe?
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    Since 2007 I've been on six trail crews, Sweat...

    Since 2007 I've been on six trail crews, Sweat Crew 4 times and Rocky Top 2 times. I guess that I'm hooked.

    This year was session 2 of Rocky Top. I met and worked with an interesting and diverse...
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    Last week I got back from a session with the...

    Last week I got back from a session with the Rocky Top crew. We spent 7 days at Tri Corner. One of the crew said it was the hardest thing he had ever done but he thoroughly enjoyed it.

    The link on...
  25. I have done exactly the loop that HooKoo wrote...

    I have done exactly the loop that HooKoo wrote about in post # and really enjoyed it. However one fly in the ointment is that Cosby Knob, CS 37 and Laurel Gap Shelters are closed due to "aggressive...
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