Time  4 hours 12 minutes

Coordinates 1097

Uploaded May 6, 2016

Recorded May 2016

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near Tremont, Tennessee (United States)

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Stage 18

⇐ Link to previous stage: 17 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - NORTH CAROLINA - Section 2.3 - Great Smoky Mountains - Mollies Ridge Shelter to Derrick Knob Shelter
⇒ Link to the next stage: 19 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - NORTH CAROLINA - Section 2.1 - Great Smoky Mountains - Double Spring Gap Shelter to Newfound Gap

Tour of the Appalachian Trail ( Appalachian Trail ), as it passes through the states of North Carolina and Tennessee (United States), from south to north, through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park , which With its 2,108 square kilometers (area greater than that of the entire province of Guipúzcoa, and very similar to that of the entire province of Biscay, in Spain), it represents one of the most extensive protected areas in the eastern United States, and was declared by Unesco Biosphere Reserve (1976) and World Heritage (1983).

The Appalachian Trail runs through this great National Park, about 115 km, between the Little Tennessee River, in Fontana Dam, and Davenport Gap, being necessary to complete this tour, six to seven days of walking, with very few options Departure for supplies in towns near the route.

To spend the night in the park it is mandatory to do so in the existing shelters, with prior reservation, obtaining in advance a permit issued by the National Park Service. Camping is only allowed to "thru-hikers", also under prior permission and certain restrictions.

Today's stage starts from the Derrick Knob Shelter, ending in the Double Spring Gap Shelter, and corresponds to section 2.2 of the trail, according to the official distribution of stages in Georgia and North Carolina, although it is also identified in the official guides as section 18.2 of North Carolina and Tennessee.


Preparations for the day. Start of the stage at the Derrick Knob Shelter

This duplicity is due to the difficulty in determining through which state the Appalachian Trail runs in this border area between the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, since most of the route through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park follows precisely the dividing line between the two states, through the crest of the mountain chain.

The day dawned a bit cloudy, but eager to get out of the sun, as if wanting to claim the light and colors of spring; and the day was relatively easy, with a short, albeit a long way.

We started the march from the Derrick Knob Shelter, early, among the first. At a quiet and regular pace. There was no hurry to arrive, and it was the occasion to calmly savor every inch of the trail.

The first three kilometers of the AT run below the 5,000 foot elevation, with its short descents and ascents (Mount Davis: 4,856 feet, and Hemlock Knob: 4751 feet), but finally on relatively flat ground, until reaching the base Cold Spring Knob, located at 4,776 feet (equivalent to approximately 1,450 meters), the lowest point of the journey this day.

From this place, the path ascends rapidly along the skirt of the Cold Spring Knob, and at a kilometer of ascent it is located at its top (5,220 feet, equivalent to approximately 1,591 meters), to descend again, for another kilometer, to the Buckeye Gap (4,817 feet).

From this hill we climb a small hill, with no known name, followed by its corresponding descent, to the height of 4,955 feet, and from there and for three and a half kilometers, we follow the crest of the mountain chain, to the top of Silers Bald (5,607 feet). On the way there is a section of the path of recent route, with a much more gradual slope than the primitive one, and with a firm one much less eroded than that. This reduction of the slope is appreciated, although this implies a few meters more than rodeo.

This top of Silers Bald, and its surroundings, were mountain pastures during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and housed an important livestock hut (cows, horses, sheep and goats, mainly). In the desire to preserve the forest in its primitive state, the forestry services have allowed the trees to recover these pastures, in which a dense grass grew, considering that before the arrival of the settlers, this summit, and other nearby, were occupied by the forest. Even so, small bald grass is still seen on the mere summit and on the western slope of the mountain.

The descent of Silers Bald is short: only half a kilometer of gradual descent without difficulty, and after the pass that follows, we begin the final climb of just under two kilometers, towards the Jenkins Knob (5,564 feet) and the Double Spring Gap (5,507 feet). Along the way we cross the area known as The Narrows, a ridge with low woodland density and extraordinary panoramic views to the north and south of the trail.


The Narrows Spectacular view towards the two slopes. South slope, towards North Carolina

As we approach the Double Spring Gap, there is a sudden change in woodland, and conifers (mainly firs) begin to populate the forest.

At the end of the stage we are waiting for the Double Spring Gap Shelter, built on a bald spot, in a wide area of the mountain ridge, with two springs at a very short distance, one on each slope (hence the name of the place). Although both have good flow, the most comfortable to capture water is the south face, overlooking the valleys of North Carolina.

The journey has been short, but very interesting, and the day was very sunny, so we took the opportunity to dry our clothes, rest, and take a leisurely stroll through the groves near the shelter, capturing beautiful images of the place.

Already in the afternoon, more walkers began arriving at the shelter, which, as expected, ended up full.

The night was calm, without storms, but it didn't stop raining for a single minute. Mentally, each one was getting the idea of finding the completely flooded paths the next day, but at least we had been able to rest comfortably and regain strength for the next day.

IBP Index: 62 HKG
Total distance: 11.88 Km
Desn. cumulative climb: 485.45 m
Desn. cumulative descent: 312.36 m
Maximum height: 1696.81 m
Minimum height: 1444.12 m
Total time: 4:12:15 a.m.
Time in movement: 3:51:56 h
Stopped time: 0:20:19 h
Total average speed: 2.83 Km / h
Average speed in movement: 3.07 Km / h


IBP index. IBP index is an automatic valuation system that scores the difficulty of a route traveled
Shelter

Inicio de la etapa en el Derrick Knob Shelter

Inicio de la etapa en el Derrick Knob Shelter
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Intersection

Sams Gap (4.840 pies). Intersección del AT con el Greenbrier Ridge Trail

Sams Gap (4,840 feet). Intersection of the AT with the Greenbrier Ridge Trail
panorama

Muy cerca de la cima de Cold Spring Knob (5.220 pies)

Muy cerca de la cima de Cold Spring Knob (5.220 pies)
Intersection

Intersección del AT con el Miry Ridge Trail

Intersección del AT con el Miry Ridge Trail
Photo

Sendero en subida

Sendero en subida
Photo

Nuevo trazado del sendero

Nuevo trazado del sendero
panorama

Cresta y vistas

Cresta y vistas
Photo

Subiendo a la cima de Silers Bald

Subiendo a la cima de Silers Bald
Shelter

Silers Bald Shelter

Silers Bald Shelter
Summit

Silers Bald (5.409 pies)

Silers Bald (5.409 pies)
Intersection

Intersección del AT con el Welch Ridge Trail y vista lateral

Intersección del AT con el Welch Ridge Trail y vista lateral
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panorama

La que parecía ser la última subida del dia, y resultó ser la penúltima. The Narrows. Vistas

The one that seemed to be the last climb of the day, and it turned out to be the penultimate one. The Narrows. Views
panorama

The Narrows. Espectacular vista hacia las dos laderas

The Narrows. Espectacular vista hacia las dos laderas
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Camping

A medida que nos aproximamos a Double Spring Gap, la presencia de coníferas es cada vez mayor

As we approach Double Spring Gap, the presence of conifers is increasing
Shelter

Double Spring Gap Shelter y fin de etapa

Double Spring Gap Shelter y fin de etapa

10 comments

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura May 6, 2016

    Encantador sendero !!! https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/18-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-2-2-great-smoky-mountains-derrick-knob-shelter-a-double-13207815#wp-13207818/photo-8147626

  • Photo of Pablo de Gárate

    Pablo de Gárate May 6, 2016

    Muchísimas gracias.
    El Parque Nacional de las Smoky Mountains, por el que transita el Appalachian Trail durante un trayecto de 115 km (entre 6 y 7 días de marcha) es realmente espectacular en todos los sentidos. Tiene una fauna y una flora muy rica, y ahora en primavera se puede disfrutar mucho de sus impresionantes paisajes.
    Por estos senderos que ahora comienzan a verdecer, hace tan sólo dos meses había un metro de nieve (el clima de estas montañas, situadas entre North Carolina y Tennessee, es similar al de algunas regiones de Canadá).
    Toda la zona fue territorio de los indios Cheroqui, y aún hoy en día hay una importante reserva india (o mejor dicho, un fideicomiso de tierras, conocido como Qualla Boundary ) que abarca muchos kilómetros cuadrados, en la que habitan los descendientes de la tribu cheroqui de la banda oriental.
    Un gran abrazo https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/18-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-2-2-great-smoky-mountains-derrick-knob-shelter-a-double-13207815#wp-13207818/photo-8147626

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura May 9, 2016

    Impresionante tu comentario, del que ya había leído sobre la Tribu Cheroqui. Esos senderos sí que son brotes verdes reales y no como algún tunante nos quiere hacer ver. Solo de imaginar lo que estarás disfrutando, ya se me ponen los dientes largos. Un abrazo. https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/18-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-2-2-great-smoky-mountains-derrick-knob-shelter-a-double-13207815#wp-13207818/photo-8147626

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura May 9, 2016

    Soberbio sendero con toda una nueva vida !!! https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/18-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-2-2-great-smoky-mountains-derrick-knob-shelter-a-double-13207815#wp-13207820/photo-8147633

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura May 9, 2016

    Solo viendo esos brotes verdes reales se me abren los ojos, ante tanto sendero lindo y relajante 100%, una maravilla que año tras año revive la naturaleza, un abrazo y continuara disfrutando de tu Aventurón .....

  • Photo of ladylady

    ladylady May 10, 2016

    ¡¡Estupenda foto!! :) https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/18-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-2-2-great-smoky-mountains-derrick-knob-shelter-a-double-13207815#wp-13207831/photo-8147687

  • Photo of Pablo de Gárate

    Pablo de Gárate May 10, 2016

    Muchas gracias por tu comentario y tu valoración, querido amigo.
    Es un placer compartir estas etapas con quienes aprecian. como tú, la naturaleza y la actividad al aire libre.
    En España tenemos también senderos y rutas maravillosas, aunque a veces siento envidia de estos gigantescos y bien cuidados parques nacionales estadounidenses, y sobre todo, de la implicación que tienen en su conservación los miles de voluntarios que gestionan su mantenimiento a través de cientos de asociaciones.
    En España nos falta cultura de asociacionismo, y tendemos demasiado a esperar que sean las instituciones las que se encarguen de todo.
    Creo que una mayor implicación individual, canalizada a través de clubs y asociaciones, haría sentir a la ciudadanía que los espacios naturales son de todos, y que su conservación es también cosa de todos.

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura May 11, 2016

    Totalmente de acuerdo y con mucho sentido común en tu comentario, majestuosos bosques y parques donde disfrutar con todos los sentidos, sobre todo con el de la vista.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

  • Photo of UNSUB_2580851

    UNSUB_2580851 Dec 12, 2016

    Nice designed desert. https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-senderismo/18-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-2-2-great-smoky-mountains-derrick-knob-shelter-a-double-13207815/photo-8147571

  • Photo of Gonzalo Guerra

    Gonzalo Guerra Oct 31, 2018

    Wonderful path!

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