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LilBirdWhoa that's a long way down...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 27, 2007


The title gives my impression of where my hubby scrambled to. I wouldn't get on the main rock because of a dizzy spell. Gotta remember to NOT look down.
Posted May 10, 2008 9:53 pm

peakrat76AT from Newfound Gap  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2008


A nice, wet, hike in the woods. First "climbing" trip east of the Mississippi. Six inches of wet, heavy snow fell the night before we climbed via the A.T. Headed north and ambled over the summit of Mt. Ambler, passed nearby Kephart, and over "Masa Knob" just before arriving at the Bunion. A fun day. Met several "Through Hikers" which was great.
Posted Apr 21, 2008 6:39 pm

YEMAT  Sucess!


It was great to hike this with my dad and it was much better than I expected. A great view and very little effort. Do I have to go back to Gatlinburg now?
Posted Jan 14, 2008 2:15 am

johnmnicholsGreat hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2005


This is a great dayhike along the AT from Newfound Gap. Also serves as a good trail run along this stretch of AT since there are no major sustained climbs or descents -- very runnable.
Posted Dec 27, 2007 9:37 am

shanahan96snowy AT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2007


surprised with the snowy/icy AT around 6000 feet. it was beautiful with the weird, snow covered branches on only one side.

gorgeous day in the smokies.

Posted Dec 23, 2007 1:49 pm

captainbuudaSmokies Classic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2007


This was a really great hike since it was my first real winter hike with snow and ice (growing up in FL gave me a fascination with snow and mountains). There were many portions of the trail that were like an ice luge. We had brought yacktrax, and even though they weren't as secure on the ice as the instep crampons we saw another hiker wearing, they got the job done-- nervously. The view was breathtaking as well.
Posted Nov 14, 2007 4:51 am

buzzdainerAppalachian Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 1997


Hiked up here in the snow with some good friends, one of whom suffered from hypothermia on the second day of the trip.
Posted Oct 23, 2007 12:59 am

LonePeakFreakFrom Newfound Gap  Sucess!


Crossed it while on the AT. I think my friend lost some custom photography equipment here ;)
Posted May 19, 2007 5:46 pm

Sarah SimonViews galore  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 1997

Sarah Simon

Besides almost breaking my neck on the downslope trail from Ice Water Springs (ICE is the keyword), the slip 'n slide walking was worth the fantastic views from the Bunion.
Posted Apr 20, 2007 2:03 pm

tacoturnerRoute Climbed: AT from Newfound Gap Date Climbed: November 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 11, 2006


busy section of the AT here, but just as beautiful as any. nice, easy hike. ran most of the way.
Posted Feb 20, 2007 5:05 pm

Bam-BamMulti day hike in smokies  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 20, 2006


clear day with great views and unseasonably warm weather.
Posted Jan 7, 2007 6:18 pm

KoonsyRoute: AT  Sucess!


Easy hike, to cloudy to see much, but still pretty cool.
Posted Dec 22, 2006 6:11 pm

gwave47Route: AT Trail from Newfound Gap  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2006


It was a nice easy walk, beautiful views especially in the fall due to the leaves changing colors.
Posted Oct 15, 2006 1:00 pm

RockmanAT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 3, 1998


Crossed while on the AT.
Posted Aug 30, 2006 4:08 am

Dottie Little TentAT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2003

Dottie Little Tent

Nice views. IF you come in the winter it will not be what many people would expect in the south. Watch the trail and rocks if iced over it can be dicy. I went cross country in the area near Kephart prong and saw fresh bear tracks in December. Neat place.
Posted Aug 24, 2006 8:07 pm

Alcas24Route Climbed: A.T. Date Climbed: Feb 7, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed solo on my birthday in conjunction with Kephart and LeConte. Started at Newfound Gap and used Boulevard and AT. Quite a bit of snow on the trail and did not see a soul the entire day, extremely rare for the Smokies. As a bonus, saw 3 elk while driving out of the park towards Cherokee. A most excellent birthday.
Posted Nov 3, 2005 1:57 am

Tbacon251Route Climbed: From Newfound Gap Date Climbed: May 1996  Sucess!


I found this to be a great hike. Along the way there is a nice spring to refresh your water supply.
Posted Jul 26, 2004 1:51 am

sshankleRoute Climbed: AT from Newfound Gap Date Climbed: Winter 2002/3  Sucess!


Great walk in the hills...
Posted Jul 13, 2004 1:35 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: AT northbound  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 8, 2000


Wow the Bunion has it's own page. I agree with the author, it is one of the most memorable spots in SMNP. I'll have to dig out some pics...
Posted Apr 25, 2004 12:55 pm

BobSmithRoute Climbed: AT Date Climbed: 1973, 1985, 1992, 2000  Sucess!


I've hiked up to Charlies Bunion from several routes, all eventually via the Appalachian Trail, along which the Bunion stands. It's one of the most impressive sights along the entire length of the Southern Appalachians, in my opinion. Everyone who enjoys hiking should see Charlies Bunion when they visit the Great Smokies. Well worth the trip.

Lots of bears in this section of the park, in my experience. I almost always encounter bears on this section of the AT.

Posted Apr 25, 2004 12:17 am

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