Tuesday, December 30, 2008

75 Hikes on the 75th

As part of the year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Jerry Span from the Fontana Hiking Club has organized a program called “75 Hikes on the 75th”. As the name would imply, there will be 75 organized hikes in the Smoky Mountains throughout 2009.

The idea behind the program is to complete every mile of trail in the Smokies over the course of the 75 day hikes.

Hikers have the option of partaking in any number of hikes throughout the year. For the more ambitious hikers wishing to complete the entire program, thus covering all 1069 miles during the 75 hikes, will the added benefit of becoming a member of the 900 Miler Club, an elite group of folks who've hiked all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Below are the seven hikes scheduled for January:

Jan 3. AT Davenport Gap to Lower Mt. Cammerer/Chestnut Branch

Jan 10. Cove Mountain/Laurel Falls/Little Greenbrier

Jan 11. Ramsay Cascades

Jan 17. Old Settlers/Maddron Bald

Jan 24. Low Gap II/AT from Low Gap to Inadu/Snake Den Ridge

Jan 25. Thomas Divide/Deeplow Gap (west end)/Indian Creek Motor/Thomas/Stone Pile Gap/Thomas

Jan 31. Anthony Creek/Bote Mountain/Finley Cane/Crib Gap

For more information on these hikes, please email organizer Jerry Span at jerry.span@fontanavillage.com or phone: 828-498-2122.

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