Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Route: Gabes Mountain Trail, Maddron Bald Trail, Snake Den Ridge Trail, Appalachian Trail, Lower Mount Cammerer Trail
Distance: 30.9 miles
Conditions: Sunny, with a few clouds
Impressions: This was a great hike...i got a late start and was only able to do about 4.5 miles the first day, though i did get some good photos of Hen Wallow Falls...i pitched my tent just short of campsite 34...the next morning i awoke very excited to see Mt. Cammerer's lookout tower, which provides my favorite views of the Smoky Mountains...the hike up the snake den ridge trail wasn't too bad and i was surprised how strong i felt after doing almost 10 miles...after a nice lunch break on the trail's junction with the AT, i moved on to Cammerer, about 6 miles down...Mt. Cammerer is a spectacular mountain to look at, but the views from the lookout tower are second to none...this enclosed structure provides 360 degree views of the surrounding mountain landscape and is the perfect place to eat lunch (#2)...from there, i planned on stopping at campsite 35, however, that area is closed to camping due to aggressive bear activity, so i was forced to continue on to Cosby Campground...after about 10 hours of hiking, i had done an astonishing 26+ miles that day and happily returned home...
Directions to Trailhead:
This hike started from Cosby Campground in Tennessee, which can be gotten to from exit 440 off of I-40 (which seems to be fully operable now 10/10)...i parked in the hiker parking lot which was directly across from the Gabes Mountain Trail sign (seen to the right)...