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[at-l] Standing indian hike
- Subject: [at-l] Standing indian hike
- From: email@example.com (t.)
- Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001 10:07:27 -0500
does this sound doable? any comments? Questions are at the end
I came up with this as a hike, last night. some of the miles are
long, but, the terrain makes it look doable. what'cha think?
Start : Wayah gap.
day 1 : swinging lick gap; 5 miles
day 2 : big spring shelter; 10 miles
(an alternate would be the extra 3 miles downhill to betty creek gap &
a great water source)
day 3 : standing indian mtn; 13 miles
day 4 : out. either 4.2 or 2.4 miles depending on where I park.
now the questions ...
* what's that road like to Wayah gap? State 1310, from 64? My shuttle
person is not sure of herself on mtn roads.
* what's water & camping like at swinging lick gap. It's about a mile
north of winding stair gap. the log book said there was water and
camping here. can anyone remember this spot?
* what is big spring shelter like? is there water? does the spot
* 13 miles sounds like a lot on either day 2 or 3. I hate scheduling
that kind of mileage. I've done it before, but, was very tired.
* what about camping on standing indian? is this a good idea? how
hard is water to find? the guide book mentioned a source 1/4 mile
down an unmarked trail. is this true?
* How about parking??? the options are at deep gap or standing indian
campground. the difference is 1.8 miles of hiking on the lower ridge
trail. but, a lot less driving to/from the CG. the CG would be
watched; any vandal reports from the gap?
I was just thinking about all this while writing it. It sure is nice
to have access to this much information. Anyone who calls this a
"wilderness experience" has to be a little touched. :)
also, there is one option to this hike. pitch a tent at rainbow
springs, and sleep late, swim in the river, drink beer and eat steaks
for a couple of days.