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Okay, I might as well post a trip report of my April adventure---I head into the Tallassee Backcountry of TN and also call the trip A Tour of the Nuts for the many difficult trails I hiked---Brush Mt, North Fork Citico and the Upper Slickrock Nutbuster. All of the pics are available here---
A 17 DAY TOUR OF THE NUTS
April 11-27 2014
** 17 DAYS IN APRIL
** THE TRIP BEGINS IN BEEHOUSE GAP
** HIKING THE ROCKY FLATS WITH COY WILLIAMS'S CHURCH GROUP
** I DISCOVER THE MILL BRANCH HORSE REROUTE
** MID APRIL SNOWSTORM AT CROWDER CAMP
** INTO THE TALLASSEE BACKCOUNTRY AND TWO NEW CAMPS
** RETURN TO STIFFKNEE GAP ON THE TALLASSEE MOUNTAIN TRAIL
** SEEING THOMAS AND CHANTELLE ON SLICKROCK CREEK FROM TRIP 145
** CLEARING THE YELLOWHAMMER TRAIL AGAIN
** 35TH CLIMB OF THE NUTBUSTER TRAIL
** 3,500 FEET CLIMB IN 7 MILES
** ALL DAY ZERO IN THE RAIN ON BOB MOUNTAIN
** BRUSH MOUNTAIN BACKPACK
** TRAILWORK UP THE NORTH FORK
Entrance Beehouse Gap
Milligan Creek Trail (Tallasee Backcountry)
Tallassee Creek Trail
**Tallassee Creek Camp**
Tallassee Creek Trail
Tallassee Mountain North
**Tallassee Mt Camp**
Tallassee Mountain South
**Dog Hat Camp on Nichols Cove**
Nichols Cove Trail Up and Down
**Nut Gate Camp**
35th Nutbuster Climb
Four Mile Ridge
**Bob Mt South Col Camp (2)**
South Fork/North Fork
**Rock Ledge Camp North Fork**
Fodderstack Ridge to Beech Gap and OUT
Little Mitten drops me off in Beehouse Gap and I roadwalk to Warden's Field and up the Rocky Flats trail where I meet Coy Williams on a dayhike with his church group. Here he is crossing Ed Abbey Creek and I join the group all the way to the Chimney Site.
After pulling Rocky Flats I tie into Mill Branch which is a nutbuster trail and stop at the top level area after the worst of it.
At the top of Mill Branch I reach Big Stack Gap (aka Mill Gap) and rest before climbing the tough Little Big Horn to Crowder Camp.
An April 15 snowstorm hits me in Crowder Camp and I'm glad I brought my full winter kit including down parka and pants.
I leave Crowders and head North on Fodderstack Ridge and get to Farr Gap and the beginning trail system of the Tallassee backcountry. I head northeast and turn right and go east for a night and continue on to the jct with the Tallassee Mt trail running south to north and I head north past "Haw Knob No 1".
Crossing Tallassee Creek on my eastward trek to Tallassee Mt trail.
Camping somewhere on Tallassee Mt near Haw Knob No 1 (NOT to be confused with Haw Knob near Whiggs Meadow).
The next day I head south on the Tallassee Mt trail and it takes me all the way up some serious hills to Stiffknee Gap and the Stiffknee/BMT trail heading down to Slickrock Creek. I am standing in Stiffknee Gap by the new trailpost.
This shows my south route from the top jct down to Stiffknee Gap and it's a cool way to do a Tallassee loop w/o too much exploration (and bushwacking).
I make it down to Slickrock Creek and run into Thomas and Chantelle who are doing all of the Slickrock trail and the Nutbuster up to Naked Ground and the Hangover. I first met them on Trip 145 in 2012.
Thomas and Chantelle pulling the difficult Slickrock/BMT crossing. For a video of this event, see below----
The next day I run into 3 backpackers from NC and show them a much easier place to cross about 200 feet downstream.
I leave Slickrock Creek and head up Ike Branch to Yellowhammer Gap and trailwork all of Yellowhammer and Nichols Cove trails and get to Windy Gap and head down Nichols Cove where I run into 3 backpackers coming up and watch them negotiate a blowdown.
The Nichols Cove trail returns me to Slickrock Creek and the Nutbuster trail which I work all the way with my trail tools.
After pulling the Nut I reach Bob Bald and swing down 54A North to Cherry Log Gap and take the BMT Connector to Trail 149 and get on the Brush Mt trail down to South Fork Creek. Here is a fave spot on Brush Mt.
Brush Mt gets me across the South Fork and I jct with the North Fork and take it up the mountain. Above is the North Fork.
The North Fork takes me back up to Bob Mt where I run into these 3 backpackers from Franklin NC. Jennifer, Kierra and Jason.
On Day 17 I leave the Bob and head out to Beech Gap to meet my ride and run into these 3 backpackers from Brevard NC. They did the North Fork/South Fork loop and were thankful for the trailwork I just finished on the North Fork.
And so ends my trip into the Cherokee NF and the Tallassee backcountry and the Citico/Slickrock wilderness.