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Love it. It's gonna hurt unless you're a fit master. But it hurts so good. Once you make it to the Appalachian Trail it's smooth sailing. You will eventually have to climb some rocks and wiggle through brush but the views are worth it.

I love it. I'm not in the best shape so I love the burn I feel in my legs and thighs from the climb at the beginning of the trail to the Appalachian Trail. From there it gets easier so it's a relief. Then the views. So nice.

Left from the "hiker parking" lot at cosby campground and used the Low Gap trailhead located right next to the parking lot (a little different from the route marked on the map). The Low Gap trail was tough!! The AT and spur trail were much easier with some nice views. Beautiful rhododendrons and amazing views near the top.

Steady incline the whole way but it's over before you know it. Cool trail in winter and summer, but only go when there's a clear sky or you will be very disappointed putting in the effort for a foggy views. Tower is creaky, but stable and the view is incredible! Campsite at the top, but you need a permit.

Beautiful hike! Saw deer and only few other people. Rained heavily the day prior but trails dry. Trail wide enough in most spots so I could walk beside husband which was nice :). Several stream crossings and diversity of landscape so it was always something new and beautiful around the corner! Definitely bring bug spray though!

It was a very difficult hike both ways. My knees were screaming on the way down. The views were more than worth it

Great loop for a long day hike. Took my wife and me about five and a half hours. We are in our fifties and in good shape. We started with Low Gap to the AT then back to Cosby on Snake Den Ridge. Great views along the ridges and water near the bottom on both trails. We were hiking on June 2 and the weather was pleasant.

This mileage is not true. We parked at the low gap trailhead and walked to the Appalachian trail like it tells you to. It's 5.5 miles to the AT. Once you get to the AT, the mile marker tell you that it's another 2.3 miles to Mount Cammemer. These last 2.3 mile are straight uphill dodging roots and boulders the entire way. One way is 7.8 miles. This is a long hike and it is not easy. Be prepared because this one is serious.

Challenging but once you reach the top....WOW

We started at the Low Gap trail head to the AT connection and descended the Snake Den Ridge. Seeing how slow and grueling the Snake Den is I would highly recommend you begin by ascending Low Gap. It is a very steep 2 mile climb, but worth it in my opinion for the shorter (albeit more intense) ascent. It was very foggy, so even though we didn't get any views, it lent the entire hikers enchanted forest effect. This was my first time in the Smoky Mountains, and I found the rainforest climate fascinating. It transplanted me to past trips to Central America. The hike was demanding but very satisfying. It's not for beginners, but I still highly recommend it!

An amazing hike with awesome 360 views. My wife and I will be back to hike it again in the Fall. Can not wait!!

I have only done this from top down. Both times I came up from the Low Gap trail to the AT, each side of Low Gap. Once in the snow and the other in the rain. The mileage is off due to it not including the out and back to the fire tower. The trail distance is to the fire tower trailhead, It is about 1 1/2 miles round trip. Definitely worth it.