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    Hyatt Lane

    Shuckstack

    a little bit smoky

    Rocky Top, Tennessee


    Appalachian Trail, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    mountainsides

    Rocky Mountain NP. That’s Longs Peak in the Background. View from the Flattop Mountain Trail.

    Look Rock + Cane Creek

    No school on Monday meant I had to go to the mountains. I couldn’t wait much longer.

    We left campus around ten and drove down through Maryville and then out Highway 336 straight up to the Foothills Parkway and the Look Rock parking lot. The quarter-mile paved hike past the air quality station and up to the observation tower was quick and easy. It was cool and cloudy. Felt like spring, but still looked like winter. The tower rises above the trees and the observation deck exposes you to the winds, which were probably gusting near 30 mph. Even on a dreary overcast day, the view is fantastic. You can see almost the entire range of the Smokies within the park. Maybe on a clearer day the whole line would be visible. Gregory Bald, Rocky Top, Thunderhead, Clingmans Dome, LeConte. They all sit there watching you watching them. Maryville lies behind you, and the plateau and the Cumberland Mountains mark the far horizon. Like almost everywhere over here, the view would be incredible in Autumn.

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    Look Rock

    Foothills Parkway

    Overcast

    view towards the state line from Look Rock on the Foothills Parkway

    photos on flickr

    Crossed over 100 miles hiked in the park today. That it took this long is more reason to hike more.

    map: Flattop Mtn. hike

    Scan from Field Notes. Took these photos on this hike.

    packed

    back in the cirque

    view from (near) the top of Flattop Mountain, RMNP

    853 photos, one taken every five seconds, on the way to Cades Cove

    I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve made this drive. I could try and count it up, but that’s not really necessary.

    me and the Kephart shelter

    iPhone 4, using an Olloclip

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