Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lonesome Pine Overlook

The Lonesome Pine Overlook is located on the Noland Divide Trail, roughly 3.3 miles from the trailhead in the Deep Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains. This is an outstanding hike if you're seeking a little bit of solitude and some incredible views of the Southern Smokies. The overlook also offers commanding views of the Nantahala Mountains and Bryson City as well.

The trail climbs more than 2300 feet to reach the overlook. Of course we had to have a little drama along the way as a result of a couple of large downed trees that were blocking the trail. The first one (pictured below), although it looks pretty bad, didn't give us too much of a problem. However, the second one, about 3/4 of a mile from the top was much worse.

As we approached the downed tree it looked pretty bad. We decided our best bet was to go around the tree, which required a fairly difficult climb of about 50 feet up the steep hill side. The steepness and the dead leaves made it quite difficult to get traction. In the process Kathy ripped her fleece jacket, which she was none too pleased about.

On our return, with a different vantage point, we discovered that there actually was a passable path through the downed tree. So, basically, Kathy ripped her jacket for no reason.

Below are a few photos from or near the Lonesome Pine Overlook:

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Compass Points said...

Great stuff, interesting photos.

Hope to be in the Smokies this year. Fingers are crossed. I'll look this one up when I'm there.

SmokeysMountain said...

Great pictures!!! In Cali. we have many high mountains that often close in winter... Even my mountain was closed due to snow this year and its only 3800

Andewyn Designs said...

Great pictures! I'll check out that trail~

Anonymous said...

I must have been there later that day. Did Kathy drop a water bottle?

TDS said...

Do you think this hike would be suitable for a 6 year old?

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...


It's been a long time since I was 6, but I would have to say, given the amount of climbing, and the length of the hike, this one would probably be too much for a 6-year-old. If you're looking for great views, check out Andrews Bald. This is a much easier hike, and something a 6-year-old could possibly handle.