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    Greg Travassos reviewed Runyon Canyon Trail

    27 days ago

    This is a great trail, with hiking for all sorts of skills, but it is generally steep.  There is a fire road that is pretty well paved and wide.  There on the west side is an off road type hiking trail where some sort of boots are recommended.  The trails all intersect so I recommend taking a picture of the map when you start because you'll have no cell service and you don't want to be hiking in endless loops.  Plenty of people on the trail but parking is limited for sure and they do ticket

    Greg Travassos completed Runyon Canyon Trail

    27 days ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Ricardo Campground

    about 1 month ago

    Another short easy hike that can be combined into a longer hike if desired.  Fun little hike that has a little elevation gain so you can get a better view of the park and scenery.  Recommend this trail and about 45 minutes to complete or longer if you want to combine with another trail.

    Greg Travassos completed Ricardo Campground

    about 1 month ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Hagen Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is a short very easy loop hike.  Like some of the other trails here it shows it's just a short loop but some other trail intersects with it so make sure you look at the trail map before departing so you don't end up on a longer trail.  It was an okay trail, but nothing you couldn't see from the parking lot.

    Greg Travassos completed Hagen Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Red Cliffs Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is a unique place for photos which is off the "trail".  There is a trail to the right of the cliffs but it seemed like a long trail despite the literature saying it was only 1 mile roundtrip.  Since the birds of prey were breeding I was a little hesistant to walk too far since the trail also combines into Nightmare Gulch.

    Greg Travassos completed Red Cliffs Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

    about 1 month ago

    A great drive with scenic views.  If the mountains are a little too intense for you then this drive isn't as hard.  There are a few trails off this road, but mostly it's just for driving.  I would imagine in the Fall it is spectacular.  In early May when we went it was great too, bright almost lime green. There's even a waterfall that can be seen from the road.

    Greg Travassos reviewed Grotto Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This short trail off the Roaring Fork Driving Loop is a great chance to get out and stretch your legs.  A pretty easy, covered hike takes you to a small waterfall.  The best part is you can actually get behind the falls and walk back there for a nice picture.  Maybe about 1.5hrs to hike it.

    Greg Travassos completed Grotto Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Greg Travassos saved Grotto Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Alum Cave Trail to Mount LeConte

    about 1 month ago

    There is reason this is the top rated trail.  Up till you get to the stairs it's moderate difficulty.  After that point it's definitely difficult, but you have to make it.  There's a look out point just before the cave so when you get there know you're almost to there.  The cave is pretty unique and you can continue another 2 miles to the top of Mt. Leconte, but we stopped here.  Great trail overall. It is very heavily trafficed so parking may be a little ways away.  Do this trail!

    Greg Travassos reviewed Laurel Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Definitely recommend this fall if you are in the Sugarlands side of the park.  About 10 minutes from the visitor center is this very popular falls.  It is paved the whole way which is very nice.  It is steep but a really cool fall.  It's better than Abrams Falls as a comparison point.

    Greg Travassos completed Laurel Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Cades Cove Loop Road

    about 1 month ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!   This is probably my favorite part of the National Park.  Just a beautiful drive with plenty of stop offs.  Great valleys and mountain ranges in the background.  It does not open till 10am on Wednesdays and Saturdays so plan accordingly.  Also it is kind of way off in a separate area of the park so if you are thinking of stopping at the various historic buildings along the way and maybe adding in the hike to Abrams Falls plan this to be the only thing you do that day.  Plus the drive out there is just nice with some places to pull over and look at the view of the river.  Finally, we went in early May and there was a lot of traffic, as it gets closer to the summer expect significant traffic and delays.

    Greg Travassos saved Cades Cove Loop Road

    about 1 month ago

    Greg Travassos completed Cades Cove Loop Road

    about 1 month ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Abrams Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Went here on a day while exploring Cades Cove.  My biggest advice is: hike it in the morning because of shade.  Lots of the trail is uncovered, so in the late Spring it gets very hot.  It is a longish trail that is up and down both ways.  The waterfall was nice, but the payoff compared the cost of the long hike isn't there for me.  If you are already doing Cades Cove then yes go ahead and do it, but I wouldn't make a special trip to this hike.

    Greg Travassos completed Abrams Falls Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Upper Hawksbill Trail

    11 months ago

    Talk to a park ranger to see about the two locations for entering this trail.  The location a little further south (via the fireroad) is decent and a shorter trip to the summit.  It's a nice hike.

    Greg Travassos completed Upper Hawksbill Trail

    11 months ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Mary's Rock via the Appalachian Trail (Southern Approach)

    11 months ago

    This trail is moderate to strenous and straight up.  The trail itself is very nice and shaded.  There are some nice views along the way and the summit is cool look out. It is a rocky trail so your feet might hurt some.

    Greg Travassos reviewed Champney Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    When we went it was close to a drought so the falls were pretty much dried up.  The trail is alright, not to difficult, but it's hard to know when you've reached the end point, at least when it is dry.  Our 3 mile round trip did not deliver as expected but people say that it's nice when it's full.  It is a pretty secluded trail so just be aware of that too.

    Greg Travassos completed Champney Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Swift River Lower Falls

    almost 2 years ago

    Nothing spectacular about this place but it was just a fun stop along the way.  You can get out and go right to the water and walk around (and across) the falls.  I recommend going and bringing a towel in case you decide to take your shoes off and dip your feel in the water.  There is no trail here just a stop right out of the parking lot.  Don't pass by this one!

    Greg Travassos saved Swift River Lower Falls

    almost 2 years ago

    Greg Travassos completed Swift River Lower Falls

    almost 2 years ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Mount Pemigewasset Trail (Indian Head)

    almost 2 years ago

    This was a strenuous trail.  Essentially it was 1200 feet elevation increase in 1.5 miles which is steep incline.  It's lots of large stepping on rocks and tree roots.  A hiking stick is definitely recommended.  Overall it was nice though that it is pretty much straight up once you get to the real part of the trail.  I say that's nice because some trails have 200 feet elevation change in the end but it was accomplished through 700 feet of up and down throughout, at least here you know what you are getting into.  On a clear day the views are absolutely astounding.  It feels like a great accomplishment with a great payoff.  The trail is well marked the whole way through.  A tip for starting the trail is take exit 34A of the highway I-93 and park in the Flume Gorge parking lot but park near the bus parking (off to the north or left) since that is where the trail begins.   It took us like 3 hours to do the trip and coming back was much quicker than going up. 

    Greg Travassos reviewed Basin Cascade Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    This trail is very short (5-10 mins) to a nice little basin.  It's not spectacular but for such a short walk it's nice.  Maybe do it at the beginning of a day to give a little encouragement if you have a long hike ahead.

    Greg Travassos completed Basin Cascade Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Greg Travassos reviewed Moss Glen Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    I questioned this trail to start because the beginning of trail is very unkept.  But the waterfalls were spectacular, even in a dry season.  Overall it's a short 30 minute trail that is very easy, except for end which is a little steep.  It's rare to get such a payoff for so little work.  This is a great trail to do on cloudy or overcast day.

    Greg Travassos completed Moss Glen Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Greg Travassos saved Moss Glen Falls Trail

    almost 2 years ago