Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Deep Gap Backpacking Trip

Dad & I hiked the Deep Gap Trail at Mt. Mitchell this past weekend (7-19 & 20, 2008). Mt. Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River at 6,684 ft. The Deep Gap Trail starts at Mt. Mitchell and tracks the ridge line of several 6,000ft peaks before reaching a grassy knoll named Commissary Ridge. The trail is steep and rugged and there was almost no water to filter but we were prepared and all ended well.

Dad & me on Mt. Craig.

A nice view of the Black Mountains (part of the Smokey Mountain Range).

Yours truly - the trail follows the ridgeline in the background.

Sections of the trail are STEEP.

Another great vista.

Wild irises at Commissary Ridge.

Sunrise at 6,000 ft.

Watch that last step...

Nice photo of a weathered tree and the Smokies in the background.

Me relaxing - almost done.

King of the hill!

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