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I’ve hiked this section quite a few times and it never gets old. One of the most beautiful hikes in Eastern US in my opinion. Be prepared for any kind of weather.

Second time doing this hike, always a good one to stretch the legs. Nice time chatting with the thru-hikers this time of year and spreading a little trail magic!

Great hike. Stopped at Jump Off as well. Beautiful views!

Love it. Perfect time is now!

Great hike, 360 views for most of the trail. A must hit for SB6k.

great hike with amazing views. did it for sunset and was not disappointed. it was a little chilly (around 26 degrees) and very windy but if you're prepared it shouldn't bother you. lots of camp sites along the trail, hoping to do it again as an overnight

Great day hike, but you really should consider adding the Jump Off at the end.
Very nice views along the route. As many have noted, the Bunion is crowded with day hikers and thru hikers. There's room to at the viewpoint depending on your confidence and adventure level.

I would recommend combining this with the Jump Off trail -- this is an unofficial trail about 2.7 miles in from the Newfound Gap parking lot on the AT which is marked at the junction that says to Mt Leconte and Jump Off. About .10 miles down the trail there will be another sign for Jump Off. The payoff is a gorgeous panoramic with very little people there.
I did the Jump Off on the way back.
In all, makes for a nice 10 miler and not a bad way to spend the day on the mountain.

Fair, moderate hike. The views at the end are nice if you can get to the highest viewpoint, but unfortunately there's only room for about 2 people. Trail is mostly shaded and wet in several spots. The parking lot was full, but only a few folks ventured onto the trail. There is a restroom at the trailhead.

Did this hike with my mom. Wasn’t too hard I think it’s just a little lengthy. But the view was beautiful. Only complaint is that there is one bug that you kind of have to fight for in order to get a good panoramic view. Otherwise really gorgeous.

Breathtaking views when you reach Charlie's Bunion! It was a bit chilly on some parts of the hike, and very wet throughout, so bring layers and wool socks. Also, stop by the Icewater Spring Shelter on the way and get inspire by thru-hikers.

Spent the night at the shelter and had some challenging weather on our hike out to 19. Harbor hostel folks took great care of us with a fairly priced shuttle back to carvers. Should have at least a couple overnighters in before attempting this one IMO.

The car may of hike more than I did that day. Short hike from the parking lot to the tower. I am excited to go back and hike down to the spring this time.

Beautiful views , diversified terrain with some pretty strenuous climbs .... 50 mile an hour winds on one of the peaks .... significant downhill section near end ... if you are looking for a hostel / bar / food at the end of this section try The Station at 19E , they really take care of hikers .

Hiked it on Thurs., March 15. The parking lot was packed but the trail wasn’t too crowded. Most people were there for photos from the parking lot overlook. My GF and I are mid 40s and in decent shape. It took us 6 hours round trip including a number of breaks to take photos. Encountered everything from dry ground to mud, snow and ice along the way up. Lots of wind. Strenuous hike but well worth it. Spikes and poles would have made it a lot more manageable. It was a sunny day with very few clouds and the view was spectacular! This trail was the highlight of our trip to the Smoky Mountains.

Awesome trail! Just covered in ice in many places. On our way back it was melting, so more slushy and easier to maneuver. Great hike!

Great hike but strenuous. We had lots of snow and ice. Many spots for beautiful vistas. I’d like this hike because it combines hiking in the forest, with hiking in the mountains with gorgeous views of the great Smoky Mountains.Although the views are stunning, it’s the same view you get from Newfoundland gap parking lot. So, go hiking because it is a wonderful hike. Don’t go because you expect to see some views you can’t see elsewhere.

Great scenery, great hiking, beautiful weather. The reason not 5 Stars was because of the snow covering the trail and in some places it was solid ice. Recommend some spikes or chains for your feet. Other than that is was a great day

Was a awesome hike! My favorite so far and just did Mnt Leconte.
Views from Bunion are so amazing!
Also had ice so glad we had micro spikes, makes it a lot easier, faster and safer. Kinda tough hike but to us was well worth it, rocky so wear good boots for sure. Steep inclines so not for beginners and was crowed with tourists, most who did not make it to Bunion

Beautiful views, difficult but fun hike, lots of ice! The trailhead is to the left of the overlook at the Newfound Gap parking lot. Very windy and cold up there so layer up! Also significant ice in some spots so be aware of that but don’t let it hold you back from these gorgeous views. It’s an 8 mile round trip hike and it took us roughly two hours up and another two down with several short breaks. There’s an AT shelter about 3 miles up if you’d like to make it an overnight trip.

Tough trail but worth the effort. Awesome view. Don’t be afraid to take some of the side trails.. for example The Jump off trail is one that is worth the effort also.
Lot of ice in the trail today...

This was by far one of the hardest hikes we’ve done!! Beautiful views the trail is not marked at the trail head it starts at the Newfound Gap parking area to the left of the restrooms!

These are some of the best views on the East Coast!! One of the best trails ever. Great spot for Astrophotography and camping.

This trail was great! Small little views along the way. Very rocky, muddy, and wet. Shelter along the trail is nice with a source of water. Bit of ice in one spot. Charlies Bunion is beautiful with plenty of rocks to climb on. Solid hike!

Loved this hike! Dense forest, lots of shade, challenging with great views once you're at the top. Bring plenty of water and sandwich and snacks, wear sunscreen. Carry bear spray. Challenging and beautiful hike.

VERY cold day to be up there today! It was about 6 degrees with 40mph gusts at the top of Grassy Ridge. We started off in Carver's Gap when it was still snowing, but it cleared by the time we got to the top. The 2-3 foot drifts made it a slog, but we had the right gear to stay warm. It's hard to rate the difficulty of the hike due to the weather and trail conditions today, but I look forward to an overnight camping trip up there in nicer weather. One minor complaints is that the trail gets a bit narrow as it passes through the thick brush, and I hope it gets trimmed back before the busy seasons starts. It wasn't a big deal today, but people would get pretty scratched-up walking through there with exposed skin. All in all, a great hike!

i would definitely go again! beautiful

This is a great trail - defined not 10 year old friendly. Beautiful views with lots of snow.

Fairly moderate hike but it’s absolutely spectacular. We started about an hour and a half before sunrise and got to the top to see one of the best views I’ve ever seen in my life. It was January when we went so it was brutally cold. And we were lucky to go on a less than normal windy day but you can tell this area gets blasted with wind. A ton of ice on the trails which wasn’t terrible to tackle but just slowed things down. If your looking for a western NC hike, this is it. Just dress appropriately. Enjoy!

Wow! crazy how weather changes so fast..
60° and sunny down below.. foggy, misty and cold up high (duh)

glad I brought spikes.. alot of this trail was pure ice and I did take a 6 foot spill which I thought was the end of me haha.. This trail was hard with the ice for sure... and the bunion was socked by fog.. Still great hike

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