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    Brad Young saved Willow Lake Trail

    8 days ago

    Brad Young added Crestone, CO Trip

    8 days ago

    Brad Young saved Mount Falcon Castle Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Brad Young saved Timber Lake Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Brad Young saved Little Yellowstone

    about 1 month ago

    Brad Young saved Hanging Lake Trail

    3 months ago

    Brad Young saved Raccoon Trail

    3 months ago

    Brad Young saved Graveyard Fields Trail

    12 months ago

    Brad Young saved Beaver Trail

    12 months ago

    Brad Young saved Green Knob Trail from MST

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Stone Mountain Loop Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Looking Glass Rock Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Green Knob Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young added Asheville Bro Trip

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young added Track - Aug 05, 05:13 PM

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young added Track - Aug 05, 12:55 PM

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young completed Gray's Arch Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Indian Staircase Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Courthouse Rock Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Centerpoint to Goat Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Imagination Glenn

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Maryland Heights Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Green River Bluffs Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Brad Young saved Red Cedar Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Brad Young reviewed Chimney Tops Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    I'm a midwesterner with little experience in hiking trails with any moderate elevation gain. This was easily the most grueling hike I've done in the past year. Honestly, if you don't take the risk and climb to the tip top of Chimney Tops all your hard work will be all for nothing. My buddy and I did this hike on our first day in town and it kicked our butts. He's in great shape and even he thought about calling it quits near the end. Steep steps, straight uphill climbs and what seems like a never ending ascent will make you rethink your decision of heading to the top. The beginning portion of the hike isn't bad as you cross a stream/creek but once you are past that and start the true ascent, it gets challenging. I made it to the base of the Chimney and started to climb them but there was just too much traffic for my liking. A lot of people already balancing themselves at the top plus others on their way up and I decided to just catch my breath, hydrate, stretch and prepare for the descent.

    In short, it's a nice grueling hike but only pays off if you take the risk and climb the Chimney Tops. If you don't, I'd search for something else that will have a better pay off for probably the same amount of work or maybe even less.

    Brad Young completed Chimney Tops Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Brad Young reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte

    almost 2 years ago

    Great trail with a little bit of everything. You'll start out by following the river/stream all the way to Alum Cave. When you get to Alum Cave continue on up to the Alum Bluffs and this is where you will need to
    decide to make the 2.7 mile climb to the top of Mount Le Conte or turn around and head for the car. If you are going to make the climb, it will be well worth it. Bring plenty of water, snacks, hiking poles and good sturdy shoes. This is a strenuous climb but the views make it all worth it. In my opinion, the views on the way up are better than the peak itself. You'll know you are nearly at the top by seeing a sign for the lodge and the peak. It flattens out after you see the sign pointing to the lodge. Coming down the mountain is not easy either. Your legs are going to get a full workout during this hike. Take as many breaks as you need to stop and stretch, hydrate and snack. I went with a small group of people, two of which who were in much better shape than than I and they made it to the top in 2hrs and 10mins while I struggled to get up there in just under 4 hours. I stopped many times to take in the views, readjust gear and catch my breath from the climb. I probably could've pushed a little harder to make it up there quicker but we didn't have any plans so I was in no rush.

    Brad Young completed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte

    almost 2 years ago

    Brad Young saved Andrews Bald Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Brad Young saved Chimney Tops Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Brad Young saved Low Gap Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Brad Young saved Three Lakes Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Brad Young saved Grotto Falls Trail

    about 2 years ago