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Few questions: Doable in 2 days, 1 night?  Obviously NF to DG is ideal, but is going southward a horrible idea?  And TriCorner good shelter to stay in?  Thanks!
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In the park, shelters are shelters.  If you like them, then you will like Tricorner.  In the past, ive spent nights there all alone, and ive spent nights there with 50plus thru hikers.  Its in a nice section along the AT though.  Of all the shelters, I do like that one quite a bit.

Nothing wrong with taking 2 days to get to Davenport Gap Shelter.  Shouldn't be a problem

But I roam the western rockies now a days, im sure someone else local who is a regular can update you more


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I've done this hike North Bound 3 times and it's spectacular!

I've always done it as a 3 nighter staying at Icewater, Tricorner and Cosby Shelters. Next time I do it I may throw in Pecks and make it a 4 nighter.

I supposed you could do it as a 2 day 1 night hike.
Going NB it's not really that hard of a hike.
Going SB you'd start off with a pretty good grunt coming out of Davenport Gap.

I've always heard it's not safe to park at Davenport Gap so park at the Big Creek Ranger Station and use the Chesnut Branch trail as a connecter to the AT.
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PostIcon Posted on: Jul. 18 2013, 10:21 am Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

i think it's a bad idea but i aint hikin with ya =)

the only sustained climb would be SOBO out of DG.... 5 miles of uphill (3000ft). for me that plus another 12 miles is a deal breaker.


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Thanks.  Been to Charlies Bunion a few times.  It and the Boulevard Trail are some of my favorite hikes, so we were hoping this would be similar.  Planning on using Standing Bear for shuttle and parking.  Any experience with them?
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I have done this section 5 times and one of the 2 day trips, I actually exited at Cosby instead of davenport gap. I suggest for you to not rush this section.  Great part of the A.T. I would recommend 1st Night at pecks corner and second night at Cosby shelter  if your are limited on time? if you can spare more I would say add another day. As to parking I would say no to davenport gap and exit off the A.T on chestnut branch, leave your vehicle at the parking area near the ranger station at Big Creek. Much safer place.

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I agree....bypass icewater and stay at pecks.  If you break it into three nights stay at tricorner your 2nd night.  Thats a beautiful hike so take your time.
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agreed with everything chief says......


and yes, don't leave a car at davenport gap......leave it at rangers station......it's a short hike from the gap to the rangers station but parking security is much better......

the gap is notorious for break ins.....
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What about leaving a car at Standing Bear Hostel?
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yes go with standing bear farms.   your hiking 40 mi in two days I think it is a tough hike but whatever. you might wish to see the jump off and Mt cammerer while you are there but they are both sife trails so you may not have the time. too bad they are quite nice.
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It'd be a shame to skip Cammerer

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It'd be a shame to skip Cammerer

Indeed! The Jump Off is worth the trip too.
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The point is on a clear day both are worth the side trip.
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yeah that is worth the short hike to get to it
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Love the JumpOff, been there a couple times.  Charlies Bunion is the farthest I've been on AT.  Thanks for the info.  Now we just gotta hope the weather cooperates.  I guess water will be easy to find right now?
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We are almost 2 feet ahead on rain this year so water shouldn't be a problem (it normally is this time of year). You can call the backcountry office to get current information though.
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I've done this hike North Bound 3 times and it's spectacular!

I've always done it as a 3 nighter staying at Icewater, Tricorner and Cosby Shelters. Next time I do it I may throw in Pecks and make it a 4 nighter.

I supposed you could do it as a 2 day 1 night hike.
Going NB it's not really that hard of a hike.
Going SB you'd start off with a pretty good grunt coming out of Davenport Gap.

I've always heard it's not safe to park at Davenport Gap so park at the Big Creek Ranger Station and use the Chesnut Branch trail as a connecter to the AT.

Kayman, what are the issues behind not wanting to park at the Gap?

Can the stops you pointed out in your post be included in a 4 day/3night loop?  Or do you have other suggestions.
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Kayman, what are the issues behind not wanting to park at the Gap?

theft/vandalism

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see post 6 and post 8..........
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We're heading out Thursday night, hopefully weather will cooperate.  Is the water at TriCorner shelter a reliable source?  Filtered of course.
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You should have no issues.  Have a good trip and let us know how it goes.
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there is a pipe right next to the shelter, I have always found it flowing, so, you should not have a problem there. about the only place you wil find water on that section of the A.T is near all the shelters.

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Kayman, what are the issues behind not wanting to park at the Gap?

theft/vandalism

The parking area at Davenport Gap has been blocked off for several years now, so parking there isn't an option anyway.
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has it been blocked off?

i seem to recall when i was there in the wintertime, one could still fit a car in that pull off...........
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it was a small pull-off, I will always opt for gravel parking lot with a Kiosk.

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Very small. I parked there waiting for a friend year before last, but I wouldn't have felt comfortable leaving it there as I couldn't get my Ranger completely out of the road.
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Question for you people that live close to the Smokies. Weather is looking pretty bad for this weekend. I'm worried about lightning too. Should we cancel or go for it?
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it aways rains in the smokies, I have set out many times in the pouring down rain, then it would clear to a beautiful day. and it has always rained while out on the trail, if I did not go because of the possibility of rain I would have missed out on some great trips, so I say go for it .

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yeah.....likewise........i say go for it....

while lightning is always an issue, it's really not that big of deal in the smokies....

as in, just use your head about it and what not..

there are only a few places where one is truly exposed---most times you'll be near/under trees...

its not like out west where its more of a threat....
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Thanks. I always expect showers but the thunderstorm advisories were making me nervous.
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