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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Hiked up here in the snow with some good friends, one of whom suffered from hypothermia on the second day of the trip.
Crossed it while on the AT. I think my friend lost some custom photography equipment here ;)
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.
busy section of the AT here, but just as beautiful as any. nice, easy hike. ran most of the way.
clear day with great views and unseasonably warm weather.
Easy hike, to cloudy to see much, but still pretty cool.
It was a nice easy walk, beautiful views especially in the fall due to the leaves changing colors.
Crossed while on the AT.
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.
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.
I found this to be a great hike. Along the way there is a nice spring to refresh your water supply.
Great walk in the hills...
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...
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.