Breakfast in Dining Hall.
CHOOSE ONE HIKE MT. LECONTE strenuous, 13 miles: Mt. Le Conte, elevation 6593 feet, is the third highest peak in the park and is very strenuous for those unaccustomed to hiking. The hike starts on the Appalachian Trail at Newfound Gap before following Boulevard Trail. The final ascent is very steep. Alum Cave Trail is downhill but fairly strenuous. The A.T./Boulevard approach climbs a total of 2,400 feet over 6.5 miles, and includes descending a total of 800 feet over 1.3 miles. Total elevation loss on Alum Cave Trail: 2,800 feet over 5.5 miles. ROAD PRONG/CHIMNEY TOPS, moderate, 5.0–7.2 miles: This high country excursion begins at Newfound Gap where President Roosevelt dedicated the national park in 1941. After a moderate one-mile climb on the Appalachian Trail we arrive at Indian Gap, a strategic access point guarded by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. From there we’ll descend on Road Prong Trail into a rocky, wet, verdant forest. Be prepared, as the trail and creek in places become one and the same. This dramatic hike travels through a variety of forest types, a stand of old-growth forest, and passes several waterfalls. For those who wish, a side excursion may be made on a quite steep 1.1 stretch of trail to Chimney Tops. Total elevation gain: 500 feet over 1 mile. Total elevation loss: 1,700 feet over 4 miles. (Add 1,000 feet gain and loss for Chimney Tops.) ANDREWS BALD, easy-moderate, 3.6 miles: The beginning descent on this hike is easy but somewhat rocky, and slippery when it's raining. The first mile is downhill, then the way becomes level along a saddle with some uphill. The grassy bald (a treeless area below treeline) offers views of National Forests in surrounding states. Coming back is a steady climb. If time and interest allows, we will hike one additional mile to and from Clingmans Dome observation tower, highest point in the park. Total elevation loss: 1,000 feet over 1.8 miles. Total elevation gain: ditto.
Sack lunch on trail
Return by 4:30 p.m.
Dinner served in Dining Hall.
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