Training Hike (Jenkins and Eagle Creek loop, GSMNP)

8:20 p.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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Well, last weekend I hit a two night trip with a "heavy on purpose" backpack and a reasonably tough 36 mile loop:

Night 1: Anthony Creek to Bote, Jenkins Ridge stopped at Gunna Creek (about 7 miles with 3000 feet of gain)

Day 2: finish Jenkins, Hazel Creek to Lakeshore, to Eagle, camp at Big Walnut (20 miles)

Day 3: finish Eagle, AT, Bote, Anthony Creek back to car (about 9 miles)






Had to zoom on the wasp nest, very active.






Too hazy for views at 5K






Camp at Gunna, tried to make it to Hazel Creek but too wiped out and late to finish, had to stop here, sorry






artifact or just a neat rock?






same thought






next morning ready to get soaked in the wet foliage






should leave these for the animals but they were hanging in the trail, ate four handfuls






whew, 16 miles down 4 more to go, hot and tired






Eagle Creek....had to cross this 18 times in four miles: first several were deepest, most swift crossings I've ever done, stripped to underwear and Chacos, no more creek pictures (not a pretty site with me in photo)






artifact at Big Walnut, spent an hour soaking in creek before dinner






Next morning several more deep crossings






Eagle Creek is beautiful






big ole water shed starts from piped spring below Spence Field, 9 miles and 4500 feet above my first crossing

No time to post, Happy trails!

Leaving for California in the morning! Wooo-Hooo, Sierra here I come!

10:53 p.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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Doesn't that loop go near the old Kephart homestead?

So how heavy was your pack?  And you won't have to worry about wading through wet underbrush out here, it's a very dry year.

11:05 p.m. on July 25, 2013 (EDT)
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It is in the vicinity sure enough! I loaded up with about 50 lbs using water made a difference.

See you tomorrow!

10:10 a.m. on July 26, 2013 (EDT)
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sweet report man. I've always wanted to do Eagle Creek because of the river crossings. It seems like a fun trip in deep summer like this.


1:54 p.m. on July 26, 2013 (EDT)
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Nice report..Iam sure that soak was worth it..

9:20 p.m. on July 26, 2013 (EDT)
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I would say a warm up (that's some hike). How were the eagle creek crossings?

8:35 a.m. on July 31, 2013 (EDT)
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Wishing you a successful and joyful experience in CA!  Enjoy the Sierras!

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