The First Baptist Church in Franklin served us all you can eat pancakes and bacon. Walk along the Appalachian Trail to climb this grassy bald for one of North Carolina's best short hikes. He turned back around and began to trot down the trail. Under normal conditions there would be a beautiful view from the large stone tower located on the summit. The AT crossed the fire road a few times before reaching the paved road at Wayah Gap. Tan color…Is that a bobcat? The mountains are just so darn dramatic! I got everything back into my pack, grabbed a quick breakfast in the lobby, and sat and waited for the shuttle to arrive to take me back to Winding Stair Gab. Change ), Wayah Bald to USFS 69 (Beating a retreat), Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald Shelter ( What the hell was I thinking? We started the day at the hostel and got a ride to Emmanuel PCA Church. How exciting! It was yet another beautiful day. I made it to Gatlingburg. ( Log Out /  But NO! It was getting to be just wicked cold. Offering astounding views in all directions from the end of a short paved path, Wayah Bald is a great choice when you're just looking for a quick adventure. At 2.1 miles the trail passes 4383 foot Panther Gap. I sat back against a tree and thought about the week I’d had hiking here in NC. I was up early and ready to roll this Monday morning. ( Log Out /  This is why I missed the turn-off. The shelter was full so I decided to set up my tent on one of the tent pads nearby. Afterwards, she would be off on her own adventure and we planned on meeting up at Google’s cabin in the evening. Destination: Wayah Bald, Stone Tower. This program calculates the approximate walking distance in miles between two points along the Appalachian Trail. Wayah Bald lookout tower is proof of this. ;) double j. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Day 2 - We left Wayah Bald and made our way to Wesser Bald Shelter (MM 120.8 to 131.4). There was a family providing some “trail magic” in the form of a hot cooked breakfast in the parking lot when we arrived. It's right outside the hiker friendly town of Franklin, NC, so the town is your last chance for a hot meal and any last minute supplies. The most prominent peak of the segment is Wayah Bald, about 11 miles in. No, that is a long droopy swinging tail!!! OK, very jealous here. Such a chill cat! ugh! I had no idea they were so rare until I got back to Google’s cabin and was telling the story! It was getting humid, whew! The views today were panoramic and striking from atop two balds. The highway at Winding Stair Gap was busy enough that we had to watch carefully and move quickly before crossing the road to resume hiking northbound. A quick spur to the clearing is worth the panoramic views of the Nantahala National Forest. ( Log Out /  I put on every scrap of clothing I had and snuggled deep down in my 15 degree sleeping bag. Sounds like a great adventure!! hahaha. The highway was clear but there was snow covering all the surrounding ground. We were dropped off by the shuttle at Winding Stair Gap around 10am. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I looked over at the shuttle that was lingering, waiting to pick up any hikers coming off the trail, and for a moment I considered getting back on it. They were worried about me spending a night on a mountain in single digit temperatures with a windchill of -10. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. There was more snow and soon the trail was well covered over. Back to Maryland, back to everyday life. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I'm 53 and in pretty good shape but I would need at least 12 days. Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Shelter, Another Set Almost Left Again, No Slack Packing For Me, Stone Observation Tower, Trials and Tribulations of Sleeping On An Incline, and Another Rainy Night 03/27; 11.0 Miles . The wind combined with increased snowfall caused me to lose the trail completely a few times. As we began to set up camp, it started to lightly rain and continued through much of the night. The trail passed by a campsite before the Bartram trail diverged to the right. Day 1, we hiked from Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald shelter. I said I was a sketch drawing for where I am in my life right now. Winding Stair Gap to Fontana Dam is a 52.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The peak elevation for this section was 5,342 with lots of ups and downs along the way. Once climbing to the top of Siler Bald, I was happy I had backtracked! I didn’t stay long because it was unbearably HOT in that field! I saw the sign for the shelter, but nothing for the bald. I just couldn’t get moving today. All creatures great and small. As I climbed higher into the mountains things began to change. Miss Janet serves a family style breakfast and has a huge place in her heart for hikers. Now, I was going to be headed uphill for awhile and hopefully, hopefully I wouldn’t miss the turn-off for Siler Bald! Beginning at Winding Stair Gap, the trail climbs nearly 1,500' over four miles to the summit of Siler Bald. Trail Magic Moments: 7     Today was a pretty slow day. A little snow was not going to shake me! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Hiking the AT – Winding Stair Gap Waterfall / Wayah Bald My pops dropped me off for the final time at Rock Gap near Franklin, NC. Rounding a corner near Wilson Lick trail, I heard a crash and looked up to see a bear butt running up hill! You don't always have to make a grueling trek up a mountain for an amazing view. Glad you had such an awesome adventure. I walked Weston and headed to the motel lobby by 8:45 to catch the 9:00 am shuttle. Showing posts with label Wayah Bald Fire Tower. Winding Stair Gap on Highway 64 is the starting point for this spectacular backpacking trip through the Nantahala National Forest. Ten miles, then boom, my trip to North Carolina would be over. My knee started giving me trouble a little before we reached the Wayah Bald fire tower, so we took an abnormally long break there (of course I didn't tell the Ks I was having knee pain because they would've been worried - I just told them my old bones were creaking and I needed to rest). Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Shelter - Strenuous 11 miles in 7 hours After a good night’s sleep at Sapphire Inn, we were ready to go again. Elevation 5,342. They don’t make their presence known often. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! So what if things are a little out of order. Yeah, there are still some big cats in the east…despite what anybody’s DNR might tell ya. The uphill did go up for a good ways, though! End Time: 2030. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It was tough to leave our warm hotel this morning because we knew that it was going to be freezing tonight. He said the expected temperature that night was going to be in the single digits in the mountains with a wind chill of -10. Once we got on the trail it started climbing out of the gap right away, but the ascent was not steep. He paused for a moment to look over its shoulder at me. The hike is going well and I’m feeling stronger everyday. 07-01-2010, 01:15. A quiet morning with sounds of grass brushing against my hiking pants broken by the occasional cry of a bird or crunch of tires on the fire road. He has been reading my … Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald. The trail was easily visible and the climbs were decently graded. I knew I would be in for one frigid night. At one point I took step and went sliding. She had split it up into three sections that would make the shuttling easier: 1. I woke up in the morning and started packing my stuff and just barely made it in time to catch the shuttle back to the trail. ( Log Out /  The snow continued to deepen and the green tunnel turned into the wintry white tunnel. Restocked with food, I got on the trail about 11:15. After leaving Wayah Gap, we began to climb up to Siler Bald (114.4 miles). I couldn’t stomach another night in a hotel so I stuck to my guns to get back on the trail. We all answered an abstract question today as we went around the breakfast table, "If you were art, what would you be?" They offered us to join them. Tellico Gap to NOC (leaving my car at Tellico Gap), Wayah Bald to Tellico Gap (pick up my car at Tellico Gap and repark at Winding Stair Gap), then the last section would be Wayah Bald to Winding Stair. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. I was looking forward to getting back home even though the mountains in NC have been delightful to hike. Wait, is a panther the same as a cougar? So overgrown! Winding Stair Gap to Siler Bald via Appalachian Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Franklin, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. Today I could barely see more than a hundred yards. From Wayah Crest Picnic Area to Siler Bald is a very popular day hike along the AT. Nothing like those mean pics with big fangs and the angry attack face. Day 1 - We started out at Winding Stair Gap and ended at Wayah Bald Shelter (MM 109.8 to 120.8). North Carolina continues to impress. Start Time: 1330. Winding Stairs Gap to Wayah Bald Shelter (Mile 120.1) Since Beverly plays organ at the church on Sunday morning, I got a ride with Jim Granato, a very nice man. They had been hiking all through the winter. As I stood there fritzing with my gear I surveyed the scene. Yeah, there are still some big cats in the east…despite what anybody’s DNR might tell ya. I came to a stop with my foot wedged behind a rock and when I did I felt something sort of tear in my right knee. So I hoisted my pack, which was now fat from a fresh resupply, onto my back and I set off into a winter wonderland. Posted on April 7, 2015 by Wandering Sherpa. There was also a significant amount of wind. or Hello Kitty gap?…what if there really are panthers in Panther Gap? Sometimes when I’m hiking, I forget that I am the intruder. However, I had to cross through Panther Gap first…and I was in a silly mood by then as I was on a very warm and humid mile 8. OH. We all share this one world. I sure am. I had heard that the trail was a little tricky up there. We were shuttled back to the trail head by a nice ole fellow named Bill. More people, actually a lot of people were on this stretch of trail. Being there at 3:00 am didn't make it any easier. It’s moments like this when I begin to question the wisdom of marking this trail with white blazes. Features the spectacular views from the summit of 5216 foot Siler Bald He was taking another zero to avoid this savage weather. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Maybe it’s the idea that we’re all in this together. On a windy snowy day these markers easily disappear. Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald Shelter Yesterday I had a nice restful day. I reassured them that while it would be absolutely miserable I would be okay. Showing posts with label Wayah Bald Fire Tower. Though they looked a little ragged their spirits were bright. Author’s note: Journal entries are incomplete for March 28, 29 and 30. The cat, kitty, panther, cougar, mountain lion, whatever you want to call it was about 25 yards in front of me casually walking down the AT away from me!!! I watched as the sky clouded up, to the point I thought rain was imminent, then, in a blink, the sun would break through and make the forest glow. It was then that I got a little spooked. From there we will Day Hike to Wayah Bald and then back to Siler Bald which is an additional 11.8 Miles round trip with over a 2000ft elevation gain. We’re loving the trail magic here in the south. I kept hiking and the weather got worse. I think it was exactly 11 miles. The peak elevation for this section was 5,342 with lots of ups and downs along the way. I mean, seriously! The starting elevation was 3,690 feet, and we finished at 4,712 feet. Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald Shelter ( What the hell was I thinking?) I walked over to the shelter to cook dinner and visit with the other hikers. How exciting! APRIL 16, 2012. I was a day ahead of them in March and had already hiked those miles before I left the trail last time. Coming down into Panther Gap, I thought, “why do they have to call it Panther Gap? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. March 27, 2017 ~ tryharder07. From that point on my knee felt sketchy and it hurt to take a step down hill. There has not been much time to connect to WiFi. After three nights in Franklin I was getting restless and I was ready to get back out on the trail. I got everything back into my pack, grabbed a quick breakfast in the lobby, and sat and waited for the shuttle to arrive to take me back to Winding Stair Gab. Now I feel super lucky! Video link: Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald. Show all posts. Love it! I sent a few text messages to my folks to let them know I’d made it to the shelter. A jolly German couple joined me in the lobby and soon we all piled onto the shuttle that ferried us back up the mountain. It was delicious and everyone there was really nice. I looked hard, not believing what I was seeing. It seemed that even since yesterday there were more wildflowers in bloom. I have often said the AT wouldn’t be so bad if it were not for the gaps – they always go down, then you have to go back up to where you started from. Several hikers had come through before me that day so when I lost the white blazes I followed the footprints instead. As I waited Tin Man strolled through the lobby. New Favorite Drink- Hawaiian Punch "Red" Flavor drink . This hike had Momma Puma shuttling me to a trail head for the last time. 8 - Carter Gap shelter to Winding stair Gap (Franklin, NC) 9 - Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Shelter 10 - Wayah shelter to NOC. (No need for him to get too curious.) Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I had checked the forecast and it called for some brief snow showers which would soon subside. Once I had my dinner made I had to race to get it into my belly before it turned into a pasta popsicle. But soon enough I topped out on Wayah Bald. I was able to resupply and organize my gear. Definitely break worthy, so I found a nice log and had a snack. Day 2 - We left Wayah Bald and made our way to Wesser Bald Shelter (MM 120.8 to 131.4). Why not kitty cat gap? ( Log Out /  8 thoughts on “ AT – NC Wayah Bald to Winding Stair Gap ” Anonymous says: July 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm. My friend, Kyle, had suggested I start listening to Jason Isbell so I had his tunes pulling me up the hills. Day 12: Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald Shelter 11 miles (side note: this hotel's computer is on dialup and using IE6. Sunday school was on the … I will post videos whenever I can get the time to get on the internet. The parking area is down a gravel road at the Wayah Crest trailhead and picnic area. Today the four of us started back on trail where Insight & Carebear came off in March. He gave me a couple of apples, much appreciated. It is one thing to get a little lost in normal conditions. The bad news is that the trail was treacherously covered in snow and ice. ( Log Out /  I’ll catch up on them shortly and get them posted. I managed to limp my way into Wayah Bald Shelter. Easy to get in, hard to get out. Today’s Miles: 10 Trip Miles: 128.60. I stood there and organized my things preparing for the hike to come. There was a father son duo waiting on a shuttle (not a cheap one) at the gap. It would make the ride cheaper. The snow continued to fall and the wind howled. I wonder if they are black?…”. Soon enough some other hikers passed by and I even ran into a group of South Bound hikers. Lord help me). Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Shelter Again, breakfast at Miss Janet's was great. Unbelievable. What a view! Wayah Bald. I took a little break there. a mountain lion? Today we all woke up at 6:45am to jump on a free shuttle from the hotel that would take us down the road to First Baptist Church in Franklin. Shortly after heading out, I met a man and his dog on the trail. I waited, gave him time to find a safe spot before I walked on. The shuttle was smack full of hikers; one person in each available seat with a pack in each lap (and some hikers standing in the aisle). Reply. Holy moly!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We headed back to the trail around 9 and were … As I said, we had started out at Winding Stair Gap, and our destination for the day was 11 miles north along the AT, at Wayah Shelter. This section of the AT begins at Winding Stair Gap where the trail leaves US 64. Sunday we will pack up camp and hike 4.2 Miles back down to Winding Stair Gap. 11.0 miles, 30,676 steps, 371 stories climbed. GAWD. mrbream says: July 27, 2017 at 4:45 pm. Change ). Day 12: Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald Shelter. Day 10- Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Shelter Total Miles Hiked: 120.8 Miles Hiked Today: 11.0. I questioned my sanity several times that night but by morning I was still there. Volunteers at the church prepared and served a free breakfast daily and all hikers were welcome. The sky was overcast and as I looked around I was unable to see several of the surrounding peaks. The starting elevation was 3,690 feet, and we finished at 4,712 feet. Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Shelter. So I backtracked. The good news is the shelter was only a mile downhill from Wayah Bald. Then I stopped to stretch my neck…too much looking at the ground. A sweet little head with rounded ears, no tufts, definitely NOT a bobcat,…I quickly inhaled then clicked my hiking poles together. Hello Kitty Gap! A quiet morning to hike. I repeated the 11.2 miles from Winding Gap Stair to Wayah Bald Shelter where we are staying in tonight. jeremiah j. AT – VA: James River VA501 to Long Mtn Wayside VA60, Old Bridges Beckon – A Jaunt to Western Maryland. I felt so blessed, wow, so, so blessed to have this cat make his presence known. Simply choose a selection from each of the … So of course there was a healthy amount of snow falling all around me. If not for Geronimo I would have gone into Franklin, although I’m glad I didn’t, and saved money for the NOC. AT from US 64 / Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Gap. He was no where to be seen when I passed through. I’m sure I would have been terrified. April 7, 2017 by lisasathike. We found a campsite on the ascent to the side trail to the summit of Siler Bald. Starting Location: Winding Stair Gap. Show all posts. I … Meanwhile, let’s move on to the last day of March… Huge day on the trail for only 11 trail miles. ). March 31, 2015: Winding Stair Gap (US 64) to Wayah Bald Shelter, 11.0 miles, 9:30am to 4:30pm. Wayah Gap, Elevation 4180' From an elevation of 4600’ we dipped back down to 4180’ in Wayah Gap, then had a strenuous climb back up to 5342’ at Wayah Bald. ( Log Out /  You’re most fortunate (of course, you’re also no longer at the top of the food chain but…). exhale. I was a hiker, damnit! That made the trip up seem shorter and the variety of body types made me think this “up” wouldn’t be too bad. Siler Bald via Wayah Gap At less than 4 miles, Siler Bald in Nantahala National Forest makes for a fantastic day hike with expansive 360° views. So the total mileage for the day will be around 16 Miles with over 3000ft elevation gain. In times like these I find it best to say a few prayers and just keep hiking. 07-01-2010, 07:41. i can easily do 15 to 17 miles a day here where i live but i heard the GA mt are tough, but then again thats what people said about the … OK, very jealous here. MY. Reply. BoobOnARock says: July 27, 2017 at 4:35 pm. Day 11 – Winding Stair Gap to Wayah Bald Shelter. Had a nice rib dinner at the Blue Ridge Roadhouse Grill in Franklin. I started hiking at 0930 hours this morning with How About. We arrived at the Gap and piled off the shuttle. Seeing other hikers, especially on difficult stretches, always lifts my spirits. 129.6 miles, 373,030 steps, 3468 stories climbed. In these conditions with the temperature quickly dropping into the single digits I could find myself in serious trouble very quickly. There is a parking lot at the Gap if you need to leave a car. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. After I got everything cleaned up I boiled a pot of water and poured it into my Nalgene bottle so that it would keep me warm in my sleeping back at least for a few hours. ( Log Out /  The trail passes by a campsite at 0.9 miles and reaches 4100 foot Swinging Lick Gap at 1.2 miles. It got worse, before better…and I was separating grasses with my hiking poles to check for snakes before plowing through! He immediately said he recognized me. We made quick work of the first 3.8 miles to Winding Stair Gap, where on week days you could get a cheap shuttle into Franklin NC. I moved on down the trail with a smile…yes, wildlife, finally! I also let them know I injured my knee and I would evaluate it in the morning. Day 1 - We started out at Winding Stair Gap and ended at Wayah Bald Shelter (MM 109.8 to 120.8). And I missed the turn-off for Siler Bald!!! The wind really picked up, sometimes gusting to over 30 miles an hour. After three nights in Franklin I was getting restless and I was ready to get back out on the trail. Length 52.8 mi Elevation gain 12,998 ft Route type Point to Point I piled up snow around the base of my tent to keep the breezes out much like I had done with the leaves a few days before. Thanks for sharing! But I knew I would regret not going to the bald! He looked surprised when I told him I was returning to the trail today. Starting off things were not too bad. 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