Hiking Trail Journals
Appalachian Trail 2003 -
Entry #40 - May 3, 2003
8:40 PM Had a pretty good hike today about
12 miles I think. The surroundings were pretty varied today. Started
out in the usual hardwoods, moved onto a burned area, then to Beauty
Spot, a large bald that was supposed to have a great view. Unfortunately,
the day started foggy & damp, so we couldnt see anything.
Soon after that we headed up Unaka Mtn where there was a big Red
Spruce stand. Supposedly its similar to Maine. It reminded
me of Isle Royale a bit, or northern MN. Ended up at Cherry Gap
Shelter. There are tons of people that showed up here this afternoon,
coming out of Erwin. So, we are in ANOTHER mob of people again.
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the Appalachian Trail?
Commonly used guides by A.T. thru-hikers
include the Appalachian
Trail Guides (published by the Appalachian Trail
Conference), the Appalachian
Trail Thru-Hiker's Companion, and the Appalachian
Trail Data Book. The guide series includes a guide
for each section, along with a series of trail maps. The
Thru-Hiker's Companion has helpful info on towns, shelters,
and water. The Data Book has basic distance info for road
crossings, shelters, and other features. All are excellent
tools for use during a long distance hike.