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captainbuudaSmokies Classic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2007

captainbuuda

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!

LonePeakFreak

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

tacoturner

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

Bam-Bam

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

KoonsyRoute: AT  Sucess!

Koonsy

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

gwave47

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

Rockman

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!

Alcas24

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

REDHEAD1Route Climbed: NEWFOUND ROAD Date Climbed: AUG-14-04  Sucess!
GREAT TRAIL WITH GREAT VIEW.
Posted Oct 9, 2004 1:10 pm

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

Tbacon251

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!

sshankle

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

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

big_g

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!

BobSmith

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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