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)

 

 

 

 

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Had to zoom on the wasp nest, very active.

 

 

 

 

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Too hazy for views at 5K

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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artifact or just a neat rock?

 

 

 

 

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same thought

 

 

 

 

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next morning ready to get soaked in the wet foliage

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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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)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Next morning several more deep crossings

 

 

 

 

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Eagle Creek is beautiful

 

 

 

 

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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 bottles....it 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.

-MG

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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