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    I'm looking for a hike in mid September this year of about 30 - 40 miles in the Roan Highlands. I would like to hike 4 days, with very low mileage first day (4 miles or so) due to travel. Was thinking of doing Iron Mountain Gap to 19E. Any suggestions or recommendations or changes to this plan? Would like to have nice views and I think this fits the bill. Is there a shuttle service available to pick us up on 19E and take us back to Iron Mountain gap?

    Thanks so much!

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    This is an excellent hike with beautiful views. Mountain Harbour B&B, www.mountainharbour.net/hikers/hostel at 19E can shuttle you to Iron Mountain Gap.
    You can also leave your car there in their secure lot .

    Happy hiking !
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnybgood View Post
    This is an excellent hike with beautiful views. Mountain Harbour B&B, www.mountainharbour.net/hikers/hostel at 19E can shuttle you to Iron Mountain Gap.
    You can also leave your car there in their secure lot .

    Happy hiking !
    That is great news. Do you know the total mileage? Any recommendations on how many miles to do each day and which shelters and camp sites to stop at for the night?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnikirk View Post
    That is great news. Do you know the total mileage? Any recommendations on how many miles to do each day and which shelters and camp sites to stop at for the night?
    If my memory is correct, thats about 30 miles. Give or take a few.
    What to do is all up to you. Its your hike.
    Some like Roan High Knob, its the highest shelter on trail. Others like to tent on a bald, many like Overmountain shelter, a huge old tobacco barn overlooking a valley.

    Dont miss breakfast at Mountain Harbour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MuddyWaters View Post
    If my memory is correct, thats about 30 miles. Give or take a few.
    What to do is all up to you. Its your hike.
    Some like Roan High Knob, its the highest shelter on trail. Others like to tent on a bald, many like Overmountain shelter, a huge old tobacco barn overlooking a valley.

    Dont miss breakfast at Mountain Harbour.

    Cool thanks!

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    I did this exact trip a few winters ago. Used mountain Harbour as shuttle. Started first day late evening do stopped at Clyde smith shelter then day two I tented near overniuntain shelter. Last day done by lunch at mhh. Great trip except the solid ice up and down roan.



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    Great section, I also like the Elk River section just north of 19E
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    Also check with Erwin Shuttles.

    From IMG, there is an apple orchard about a mile north with a source. After that, the trail turns hill side for a bit then converts to ridge top to Greasy Creek Gap with a source (and the hostel is just off the trail on the NC side)
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    Beware of that Greasy Creek Access Trail, it is not marked and lots of intersecting paths, I believe they all more or less come out same place.
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    http://www.atdist.com/atdist?k1=DD&k...d8ff&year=2015Roan High Knob (cloudland Site), to Dennis Cove-Great little 40 miles
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    Great, thanks for all the tips, and cool pics! I can't wait.

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    I did IMG to 19E last year, and part of the same section this year. Park at Mountain Harbour and use their shuttle to IMG. Most listed water sources were flowing well, except Ash Gap. The climb up to Roan wasn't bad, and once you come down to Carver's Gap, the trail turns awesome. Be aware that you'll be on mostly exposed terrain between CG and Hump Mountain. Great water sources at Roan High Knob shelter, about 1/2 mile past Grassy Ridge Bald, Overmountain Shelter (must stay here and take the side trip), and at the base of Little Hump. I also suggest you take the side trail to Grassy Ridge Bald- I didn't last year but did last month and it was amazing.

    Plan your trip so you can take part in the breakfast at Mountain Harbour. It is WELL worth the $12. The hostel there is in a converted barn and completely comfortable.
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    I, too heartily recommend Mountain Harbour having stayed there on two different occasions. If they are shuttling you to start your trip, you might get a later start than you would if already on the trail somewhere, so plan your first days mileage accordingly. Have a great trip, it is a very beautiful trek!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cnikirk View Post
    Great, thanks for all the tips, and cool pics! I can't wait.
    I did this hike with 3 of my brothers last May and have a short trip report with pics and info on water/our itinerary. Send me a PM with email if you would like to see it (Disclaimer: I am not a professional writer)

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    Looks like winter or fall is the time to go. It was like hiking in Vietnam last week...rain and humidity galore.

    Another plug for Mountain Harbor. Great breakfast and nice people running it!

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    Mountain Harbor is the best in the area, clean reasonable and always on time with the best breakfast in southern AT if not whole trail
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    OK. I'm a believer. Making plans to visit this section of the trail the next time we are in the neighborhood.
    Or Grayson Highlands.
    A toss up on great sections of the AT for sure.
    Thanks everyone.

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