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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 8, 2021
CampingGreat!

Did this loop (with Kinsey creek trail) in three days, camping two nights at Mooney gap and beech gap. We also did a spur to Pickens nose from Mooney gap. Fun! It was raining though and the Kinsey creek trail was full of water and hard to navigate (but beautiful!!)

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 5, 2021
BackpackingGreat!

Spent the night at Standing Indian Campground on Thursday 4/1. Left the campground on 4/2 and got onto the Longbranch Trail around 9am and made it to the New Carter Shelter around 2ish. This was a clockwise loop. Woke up on 4/3 and hiked the remainder of the loop over Standing Indian Mountain and back to the campground. I clocked in at 23ish miles and 5000' elevation gain with my Garmin. The LongBranch Trail is easy to find and was a decent footpath to follow. TONS of water available along the whole thing. The AT section from Glassmine Gap all the way to the Lower Ridge trail turn off at the top of Standing Indian Mountain is very well marked obviously and very busy. I met probably 45 thru hikers the entire weekend. We partied at the shelter and was fun to hear everyone's stories! The downhill at the end of the loop was refreshing but rough on knees. Temps dropped into the 20s and it was the coldest I've ever slept outdoors. Overall this is an awesome hike. The Nantahala NF is beautiful!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 14, 2021

It was a beautiful loop that gives you all the essential elements of an AT hike. My friend and I traveled clockwise. We started at 8:00am on Friday and got to Coopers Gap by 2pm. Albert Mountain was the only significant climb on day one. The view was to die for. Day 2 began at 8:20. Coopers Gap to Beech Gap is flat abs mellow. But then the climb up to Standing Indian mountain is steady and long. The length was challenging, not the the grade. We got off the AT a few miles after the Standing Indian Shelter on the Kimsey Creek Trail. The trailhead on the right of a big opening where the AT hits a logging road. You can’t miss it. The trail was beautiful. Once the trail passes the gate to the Standing Indian Campground, STAY STRAIGHT INTO THE CAMPGROUND. The trail to the right that follows the blue blazes ends and doesn’t go anywhere. Go all the way through the camp ground toward the exit and follow the sign for the backcountry info sign. Recommend it to anyone. You can make this thing an intense day hike. A tough 2 day, or a reasonable 3 day

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 14, 2021
BackpackingGreat!

Trail conditions are great right now! Went clockwise and took 13 hours of hiking over two days. Lots of through hikers headed northbound. Tons of h2O everywhere and great views. The climb to standing Indian is LONG.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 9, 2021
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 26, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

DO NOT go counterclockwise. Clockwise tho..... great views and incredible hike! we backpacked it in November and there were tons of little streams to fill up water with, didn't need as much as we brought. Clocked it at 21.5 miles, including the small climb up to standing indian. lower ridge trail, back to the parking lot isn't marked as well as the AT but just stick to the blue blazes follow the signs to the backcountry information and you'll make it

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 24, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

Great hike, just about 25 miles all in. Started at the campground, night 1 beach gap, night 2 Betty Creek. Weather was perfect, Standing Indian lookout gorgeous. Oh, and the Carter’s Gap privy apparently not as well received as reported earlier below.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 21, 2020
Hiking

Was a great hike. Plenty of water along the way.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 9, 2020
CampingGreat!

Great backpacking trail, especially for beginners. It was a little cold at night (early November), but perfect during the day. There are plenty of campsites to choose from and places to fill up on water. The views were stunning, and I highly recommend spending a night on the summit of Standing Indian.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 1, 2020

Winderful trail. Glad we hiked it clockwise to minimize the uphill.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 26, 2020

Great time on the trail. Hiked clockwise and distance was more like 22 miles. Also, the Big Spring shelter (waypoints around 18) has been removed, as have blazes to the spring so don’t count on getting last water before ascent on Albert.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 23, 2020
Hiking

Good trail. Not as difficult as the other AT hikes I have done.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 3, 2020
Hiking

loved it!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 25, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 15, 2020
HikingFloodedGreat!

Went out yesterday. Fantastic loop. Got rained on pretty hard, but I had the place to myself. Saw 4 people all day. Like others have reported, it is NOT 20 mi. I did not clock, but based on my time even with the rain, I must've done 24-26. Ended up in the dark and almost missed long branch (blue blaze) and kept going on the AT (wouldn't be the worst thing...(: I parked at Backcountry info center and took the Standing Indian route. Getting up the first climb is pretty tough, but after that, It's really smooth with creeks and lovely scenery changes throughout. (I'm really glad I hustled and did not have to climb Albert in the dark).

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
Backpacking

Did a one night backpacking trip counterclockwise (north on the AT). Definitely more uphill than the clockwise route. Overall a really great well-trafficked loop and the views were amazing! However it is probably closer to 23 miles.

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Cstillinger Cstillinger Chris reviewed Standing Indian, Mount Albert, Nantahala Basin Loop
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RunningGreat!

Awesome! I ran this one in about 6 hours. The loop is beautiful, the initial up is a bit gnar, and then the last down hill can be a knee killer, but that's mostly just due to my bad form. I got just a little over 22 miles, but that it in part because of a few wrong turns that added a little extra distance. And those missed turns were only because I didn't have any forethought, and I just tried to decipher my watches map on the spot. overall, very good, trafficked trail. I only ran into 2 other groups on the whole loop (apart from the campground). Oh, and water was not an issue either. With all of the afternoon thunderstorms, water was pretty much everywhere.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 4, 2020
Backpacking

Long day! Started at sunrise at the top of Albert Mountain, stopped for lunch at a shelter 5 min before a giant rainstorm, and hiked til an hour before sunset with broken boots fixed with bungee straps. Slept in a flower field and woke up damp!

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BlowdownBugsGreat!MuddyOver grown

I agree with everyone else on here. our Talley was a tick over 26 miles. we did it in one over night. really liked this trail. camped overnight at Betty creek gap. nice water sources until u get to standing indian moutain. we descended down lower ridge trail and wanted to camp on it and re water. but there was only 1 decent camping spot (not shown on this map). and the 1 shown doesn't exist. there was no water to be found on lower ridge trail until we got all the way back down to standing indian campground. so we were back at the car. if u are doing this loop, make sure u have water before descending lower ridge trail. wished we had camped on standing indian moutain, watered up, and came back on Kinsley creek trail. maybe next time. great trail though. betty gap camps pots were great choice!

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