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Wednesday Hike: AT, Dry Sluice, Grassy Branch, Sweat Heifer Loop

  • 04/19/2023
  • 8:45 AM
  • Newfound Gap parking area, GSMNP
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  • For member hike registrations
  • For non-member hike registrations

We’ll start this challenging loop hike from Newfound Gap, heading out the A.T. to first make our way to Charlies Bunion. Then we will continue the loop, turning south onto Dry Sluice Gap and on to Grassy Branch. Then get ready for the demanding (for even the best of hikers) climb up Sweat Heifer Creek (2,300 ft. over 3.7 miles). After reaching the A.T., we’ll return back to Newfound Gap. The hike is 13.7 miles rated Difficult/Strenuous due to mileage and the steep climb out. Total elevation gain 3,740 ft. To carpool, meet at the old Alcoa Food City, 121 N Hall Rd., Alcoa ready to leave at 7:30am {Drive: 100 miles RT @10¢/mile=$10.00} or at Newfound Gap at 8:45am. Note that the hike leader will meet you at the trailhead, not the carpool site.

Leader: Pat Watts

Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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