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    I could have my stories cross... but a frequent...

    I could have my stories cross... but a frequent hiking partner of mine told be some of the history of the closing of CS4. The hiking partner either spent an evening at a shelter with the mayor of...
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    Here's a screen shot from some of my Google Earth...

    Here's a screen shot from some of my Google Earth data showing CS7 and CS4 as X7 and X5
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    I think the main concern is that with a camp...

    I think the main concern is that with a camp fire, burning embers could float away and catch near-by vegetation on fire.
    So any stove that doesn't produce embers should be ok (twig stoves might be...
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    I can believe that... only because in the 25...

    I can believe that... only because in the 25 years I've been visiting the park, the only trails that have been added to the back country map are Lakeshore (the section that connects Eagle Creek to...
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    Makes me wonder if it isn't something...

    Makes me wonder if it isn't something political... local land owner?

    I heard that the reason CS4 closed was because someone like an ex-mayor of Alcoa that owns a nice house just outside the park...
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    If Pinnacle Creek was simply labeled...

    If Pinnacle Creek was simply labeled "maintained", what's the sign at Polls Gap?
    I though the sign I saw there was "Temporarily Closed"
    (and if so, that Temporary is now more than a decade).
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    Add parts of Cliff Tops to that list: From the...

    Add parts of Cliff Tops to that list: From the compendium

    I recall there used to be a sign at Cliff Top effectively telling people to stay on the trail and not wander into the adjoining vegetation.
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    Looks like NOAA says less than 2" of rain fell:...

    Looks like NOAA says less than 2" of rain fell:
    https://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&issuedby=MRX&product=RTP&format=CI&version=1&glossary=0
    You need enough rain to saturate the water...
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    How much rain has there been this week? I hiked...

    How much rain has there been this week?
    I hiked the AT between Eagle Creek and Fontana last weekend. The prior week there had been about 1or 2 inches of rain, and water was plentiful below the...
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    I thought the first time I hiked Eagle Creek that...

    I thought the first time I hiked Eagle Creek that there was a closed sign for Pinnacle creek. But I did not see a sign last weekend (at least nothing I could see from across the creek).
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    If a trailhead is marked with a "Closed" sign, I...

    If a trailhead is marked with a "Closed" sign, I would think it illegal to hike. As another example, last time I was at the trailhead for Polls Gap trail at Polls Gap, it was marked with a Closed...
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    I've been using the NeoAir xLite for about 5...

    I've been using the NeoAir xLite for about 5 years and loved it. When I originally purchased it, I was a stomach sleeper. But I've since become a side sleeper and it's still great for me. Compared...
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    I thought that trail was "closed" such that it...

    I thought that trail was "closed" such that it was illegal to hike (like Scott Mtn trail between Rich Mtn and Schoolhouse gap). But then again, I didn't see a closed sign last weekend when I passed...
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    The NOAA Weather site reports that it went below...

    The NOAA Weather site reports that it went below freezing at New Found Gap and LeConte (and presumably everywhere else above 5,000')....
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    Hiked the Lake Shore, Eagle Creek, AT loop this...

    Hiked the Lake Shore, Eagle Creek, AT loop this weekend.
    Some of the Eagle Creek crossings were a rock hop... depending upon your skill level. But me and my son just forded them all. The crossings...
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    I've climbed Eagle Creek twice, and when I get to...

    I've climbed Eagle Creek twice, and when I get to that really steep part, I always think the exact opposite... that I wouldn't want to be hiking down hill at this point for fear of slipping on such a...
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    The night you were at Spence, was that before or...

    The night you were at Spence, was that before or after the rains this weekend?
    I called the back county office today and was told the water source at Spence was running.

    I assume the spot you...
  18. I feel like I'm missing something here... because...

    I feel like I'm missing something here... because the bottom of page 7 is saying the same thing for the C&O Canal NHP as the NP order that started this... e-bikes are allowed where traditional bikes...
  19. When it comes to hard facts, such as the fixed...

    When it comes to hard facts, such as the fixed locations of water sources, Guthook is like a map.
    If you owned a map and another hiker asked you where the local water sources were, would you...
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    I'll consider myself lucky when I got stung my...

    I'll consider myself lucky when I got stung my three of them on my head and ear this summer (July 4 week).
    Hiking in GSMNP with my son... he was in the lead an apparently disturbed a nest....
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    Current extended weather forecast calls for 1/2"...

    Current extended weather forecast calls for 1/2" to 1" of rain this weekend in the valleys... perhaps the mountains will get more.
    Also looks like fall is going to arrive this weekend too. Average...
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    Yesterday, someone was putting a plea out on...

    Yesterday, someone was putting a plea out on Facebook to aid a group of SOBO hikers that had entered GSMNP and was having issues with water (they were looking for some volunteers to take water to New...
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    Agreed. The sighting in post #1 was simply a...

    Agreed.
    The sighting in post #1 was simply a poor visual siting (400lbs? :) ) with no supporting evidence.
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    Not much said over all... But their news about...

    Not much said over all...
    But their news about the kitties is 10 confirmed sightings across multiple counties.
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    TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) claims...

    TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency) claims Alligators and Cougars are making their way to TN;...
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