18 Days on Snowbird Creek

11:23 a.m. on September 27, 2015 (EDT)
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I pulled this trip in August 2015 and might as well share it here on Trailspace.

Location:  Snowbird Wilderness, North Carolina.

Too see all pics go here---

https://tipiwalter.smugmug.com/Backpack-2015-Trips-161/SNOWBIRD-PRETRIP/

To see Trail Journal go here---

http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=514418


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A trip always begins with a map.


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I start my trip at Big Junction and follow Snowbird Creek Trail 64 down the mountain to the creek and set up camp in this redneck-trashed site full of their crap.  It's all moved out of camp and put in a neat pile.


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On Day 3 I head down Snowbird Creek and run into this group from Ohio State doing a several-day trip.


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There are two choices on the Snowbird Creek trail:  North detour or South with its 12 crossings.  I head down to Middle Falls to camp and the next day take 64 Alternate (north).


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Hanging out at Middle Falls, one of three big falls on Snowbird Creek.


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Below Middle Falls comes this new footbridge in Mouse Knob Camp.


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On Day 7 I reach the near bottom of the Snowbird Creek trail and take Sassafras Creek trail up to this jct with the Burntrock Ridge trail, a nice way to loop back to Middle Falls and return up the mountain.


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After pulling Burntrock Ridge I climb back up Snowbird Creek and take Trail 154 to its end here with the Kings Meadow trail.


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After spending a couple days on Trail 154 I re-climb Snowbird Creek to Mitchell Lick and after a couple hours of searching find the elusive Snowbird Mt trail #415---with these faded green blazes.


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Day 12 is a big day of hiking as I leave Mitchell Lick and climb up and over Haw Mt and pop out on Whiggs Meadow at 5,000 feet.


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On Day 14 I leave the Whigg and in 7 miles connect to Four Mile Ridge and have a surprise meetup with Patman the Mighty Patrick as he had to cancel his Glacier trip so we hiked together to Hangover Mt.


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While backpacking on Four Mile Ridge Patman and I run into 4 hard-core backpackers, all AT and PCT thruhikers.


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Patman and I leave Bob Mt.


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Patman leaves and I hike down to Jeffrey Hell trail and come out on my last day of the trip.

12:50 p.m. on September 28, 2015 (EDT)
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Really cool!

Thanks for the story and photos, a good read as always!!

That Snowbird map cover image hasn't changed in years I don't think, mine looks just like yours.

I never did the whole trail when I was there, but it was a really neat area I thought

I'm glad you got to meet up with Patman, it's always nice to run into a friend on the trail.

I enjoyed reading the report Tipi!

1:22 p.m. on September 28, 2015 (EDT)
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Thanks for the input.  Patman the Mighty Patmananda is currently in Colorado as we speak and I think pulling a backpacking trip in the Weminuche wilderness.  Awaiting his trip report!

5:41 p.m. on September 28, 2015 (EDT)
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Walter,

Eighteen days anywhere is enough to improve most people's outlook.

You photos remind me of all those beautiful creeks, swimming holes and falls in places like NC and Virginia.

I have packed mules in the Weminuche several times in summer and fall. I love to see the elk and fur bearing animals in there. The weather can be challenging with a lot of rain and lightning in summer, and snow that comes early. At 10,000 feet it can be below zero at night by late October. It is a wonderful place. Work around the hunters, because they can fill up the space in the fall.

7:03 p.m. on September 28, 2015 (EDT)
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Always enjoy your reports Tipi. I haven't been to that area since I lived in north GA in the late 80s. Must put it on the list for a future trip. Thanks.

3:09 p.m. on October 2, 2015 (EDT)
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Very nice, as always, Tipi.

I also enjoy seeing your fellow Trailspace friends like Patman in your pictures (and vice versa).

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