4 Day Backpacking Trips
4 days 3 nights
mountains to sea trail
MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL THROUGH THE SMOKIES
4 DAY TRIP
TOTAL TRIP MILEAGE: 40.3 MILES
STRENUOUS TRIP DIFFICULTY
AVERAGE MILEAGE PER DAY : 10.1
ELEVATION GAIN/ ELEVATION LOSS: 8500 GAIN, 9700 LOSS
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Finish the first section of the 1200 mile long trail.
Walking along Deep Creek, with its cascades and rock falls
Campsite #57, Horace Kephart’s last camp
Chasteen Creek Falls
DAY 1 - 9.4 MILES
We begin our descent from Clingmans Dome road down Fork Ridge. All encompassing views the first day contrast with our creekside camp for the evening. Horace Kepharts last camp and the millstone marked to commemorate him signify the end of our hike for the day while we relax next to the waters of Deep Creek.
DAY 2 - 13.5 MILES
Our day begins by breaking away from Deep Creek and heading past Martins Gap to Sunkota Ridge. Views on all sides greet us as we descend towards Smokemont, the main horse camp of the Eastern Smokies. We camp next to Chasteen Creek for the evening.
DAY 3 - 10.6 MILES
Today we pass Chastene Creek Cascades on our ascent past Hughes Ridge. We walk next to Enloe Creek until we take Hyatt Ridge and pass Hyatt Bald to camp next to Mcgee Spring.
DAY 4 - 8.5 MILES
We wake up and descend from Hyatt Bald to Straight Fork and up to Beech Gap. This is a day spent on ridgelines and Balds. Our final Bald of the day will be Ledge Bald as we descend to our pickup location at Pin Oak Gap.