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    Default GSMNP - Can anybody comment on these trails

    I'm thinking about doing a hike from Newfound Gap and staying the first night at Kephart shelter via the AT and Sweat Heifer Creek trails. The next day taking Grassy branch, sluice gap, and Hughes ridge trails to Pecks Corner. Then the last day back to my car on the AT.

    I know the AT is awesome through the part, but what about these other trails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mts4602 View Post
    I'm thinking about doing a hike from Newfound Gap and staying the first night at Kephart shelter via the AT and Sweat Heifer Creek trails. The next day taking Grassy branch, sluice gap, and Hughes ridge trails to Pecks Corner. Then the last day back to my car on the AT.

    I know the AT is awesome through the part, but what about these other trails?

    MTS

    they are awesome as well. ive done this exact same loop
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    Great Loop.

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    The Sweat Heifer Trail is a fun trail... At 3.7 miles, with 2,300' of elevation change, it is classified as a strenous trail. Of course, you'll be going downhill, so that's good in a way.

    There are 2 waterfalls on the trail, so be on the lookout for ice.

    Haven't done the other trails.....

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks a lot. Sounds good to me.

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    Watch out for the hogs on Hughes Ridge Trail
    The trail was here before we arrived, and it will still be here when we are gone...enjoy it now, and preserve it for others that come after us

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    Quote Originally Posted by mts4602 View Post
    The next day taking Grassy branch, sluice gap, and Hughes ridge trails to Pecks Corner.
    You're missing a link. The Dry Sluice Gap Trail doesn't connect with the Hughs Ridge Trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sliderule View Post
    You're missing a link. The Dry Sluice Gap Trail doesn't connect with the Hughs Ridge Trail.
    True... It looks like you need to get on Bradley Fork Trail for a bit.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mts4602 View Post
    I'm thinking about doing a hike from Newfound Gap and staying the first night at Kephart shelter via the AT and Sweat Heifer Creek trails. The next day taking Grassy branch, sluice gap, and Hughes ridge trails to Pecks Corner. Then the last day back to my car on the AT.

    I know the AT is awesome through the part, but what about these other trails?

    MTS
    When you thinking of doing this hike? I've been looking for a good excuse to get out and cold weather hike for a while?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Egads View Post
    Watch out for the hogs on Hughes Ridge Trail

    i saw a black bear on grassy branch in july
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    Quote Originally Posted by SurferNerd View Post
    When you thinking of doing this hike? I've been looking for a good excuse to get out and cold weather hike for a while?
    Thanksgiving weekend. Fri-sun. We really want to do newfound gap to davenport gap. But Icewater is already filled up and we have a 5 hr drive to get to GSMNP so we can't hike far the 1st day. I was thinking of going to kephart shelter 1st then tricorner, then out...but that's 2 16 mile days

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    Quote Originally Posted by mts4602 View Post
    I was thinking of going to kephart shelter 1st then tricorner...
    Don't even think about it. Especially with only 10 hours of daylight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sliderule View Post
    Don't even think about it. Especially with only 10 hours of daylight.
    Yeah we're not.

    We decided we're doing Big Creek to #37. Then to Tricorner. Then out.

    Although it's 16 miles from tricorner to big creek ranger station, I'm not really concerned. It's mostly down hill. We've done 12 miles before in the smokies and that was leaving around noon. Leaving at sunrise shouldn't be a problem.

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