DISTANCE
75.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
17490 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

This was the first big backpacking trip for my son and I, he was about 13 at the time. We did it but this is no easy walk. It was a great hike with memories we will treasure forever, perhaps the high point was all the other hikers we met (mostly thru hikers). Biggest drawback on this hike are the national park regs requiring section hikers to use specific shelters each night. This forced us to hike some short days and some days that were crazy long. Water sources were frequent enough but not big, some required forming a funnel with a large magnolia leaf to channel water into our filtered bottles. Be prepared for some serious ups and downs in the terrain. The shelters were often crowded but everyone had a great time. Not a hike to get away from people, at least no in May. But if you enjoy camaraderie it is a very fun hike. We stayed our last night at Standing Bear Hostel near Davenport Gap which was very entertaining too!