Time  6 hours 42 minutes

Coordinates 1578

Uploaded October 18, 2016

Recorded October 2016

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6,158 ft
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near Fort Harry, Tennessee (United States)

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Stage 20

⇐ Link to the previous stage: 19 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - NORTH CAROLINA - Section 2.1 - Great Smoky Mountains - Double Spring Gap Shelter to Newfound Gap
⇒ Link to the next stage: 21 - APPALACHIAN TRAIL - NORTH CAROLINA - Section 1.2 - Great Smoky Mountains - From Pecks Corner Shelter to Cosby Knob Shelter

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, being necessary to complete this tour, from six to seven days of walking, with very few options of 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 Newfound Gap, at the intersection of the AT with the US-441 route (the only road that crosses the National Park, which allows access to its central area from the very touristy and well-stocked town of Gatlinburg, TN , located 15 miles to the west), ending at the Pecks Corner Shelter, and corresponds to section 1.3 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 a section 17.3 from North Carolina and Tennessee.

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

At this stage, which is one of the prettiest of the entire Appalachian Trail, the AT passes, among other prominent places, through the Charlies Bunion (5,500 feet), a popular rocky cliff with a spectacular view of Mt. LeConte ( to the west), and towards the surrounding valleys.

This is the itinerary that follows the route of this day, seen in three dimensions .

IBP Index: 89 HKG
Total distance: 17.6 Km
Desn. Cumulative climb: 660.89 m
Desn. cumulative descent: 590.95 m
Maximum height: 1869.97 m
Minimum height: 1555 m
Total time: 6:42:38 h
Time in movement: 5:41:35 h
Stopped time: 1:01:03 h
Total average speed: 2.62 Km / h
Average speed in movement: 3.09 Km / h


IBP index. IBP index is an automatic valuation system that scores the difficulty of a route traveled
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Inicio del recorrido, en Newfound Gap

Inicio del recorrido, en Newfound Gap
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Sendero y vista panorámica, en la subida

Sendero y vista panorámica, en la subida
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Subida ancha y gradual con vistas laterales

Subida ancha y gradual con vistas laterales
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Vista desde una pequeña cima intermedia, antes del Mt. Ambler

Vista desde una pequeña cima intermedia, antes del Mt. Ambler
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Intersection

Intersección del AT con el Sweat Heifer Creek Trail / Kephart Prong Trail

Intersection of the AT with the Sweat Heifer Creek Trail / Kephart Prong Trail
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Sendero y vistas

Sendero y vistas
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Shelter

Icewather Spring Shelter, a escasa distancia de la cima del Mt. Khephart

Icewather Spring Shelter, a escasa distancia de la cima del Mt. Khephart
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Panorámica

Panorámica
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Charlies Bunion y panorámica

Charlies Bunion y panorámica
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Sendero y vistas hacia North Carolina

Sendero y vistas hacia North Carolina
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Dry Sluice Gap. Vista montaña rocosa y sendero más estrecho y menos concurrido

Dry Sluice Gap. Rocky mountain view and narrowest and least crowded trail
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Más espectaculares vistas

Más espectaculares vistas
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Subida bastante empinadilla

Subida bastante empinadilla
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Vistas subiendo

Vistas subiendo
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Bonita vista hacia North Carolina

Bonita vista hacia North Carolina
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Preciosa vista hacia North Carolina, por el filo fronterizo

Preciosa vista hacia North Carolina, por el filo fronterizo
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Roca y vistas hacia North Carolina, en la cresta

Roca y vistas hacia North Carolina, en la cresta
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Sendero excavado en la roca, con pico y pala

Sendero excavado en la roca, con pico y pala
Intersection

Desvío al Pecks Corner Shelter

Desvío al Pecks Corner Shelter
Shelter

Pecks Corner Shelter

Pecks Corner Shelter

8 comments

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Hola Pablo, que bueno que nos sigas ilustrando con este magnifico sendero, ahora en esta época y con un sin fin de colores. Seguro que el disfrute es alto, ya que tu fuerza mental también lo es. Un Abrazo.

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Una passssssaaaaadaaaaaa !!!! https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161600/photo-9430227

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Me encanta .... https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161603/photo-9430263

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Majestuosa vista https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161604/photo-9430316

  • Photo of rutadura

    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Un sosiego donde perderse https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161598/photo-9430135

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    rutadura Oct 19, 2016

    Para que agobiarse ..... https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-outdoor/20-appalachian-trail-north-carolina-seccion-1-3-great-smoky-mountains-newfound-gap-a-pecks-corner-s-15161592#wp-15161612/photo-9430168

  • Photo of Pablo de Gárate

    Pablo de Gárate Oct 19, 2016

    Muchísimas gracias.
    Tu apoyo y el de otros montañeros que de vez en cuando me escriben, es un gran aliciente para avanzar esta pequeña/gran aventura.
    Precisamente, este próximo fin de semana, espero poder terminar las últimas etapas en el estado de Vermont (otro estado más que terminamos, .... y van 9, de los 14 estados que atraviesa el sendero), y a la marcha de dos días se ha apuntado también otro montañero español que nos conoció a través de wikiloc, y que se ha animado a aprovechar su visita a Nueva York para recorrer juntos estos últimos 40 km. del Appalachian Trail en Vermont.
    Un gran abrazo.

  • Photo of RODRIGO 1

    RODRIGO 1 Jan 10, 2017

    Hola Pablo, muchas gracias por compartir tan estupenda aventura. Estoy preparando un sector de la ruta, no pretendo hacerla entera ni mucho menos, sólo unos 600 km, y me gustaría poder comunicar contigo para resolver algunas dudas, si no es abusar de tu amabilidad. Estoy preparándolo todo para el próximo mes de Julio 2017.

    Gracias otra vez y un fuerte abrazo,

    Rodrigo.

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