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[at-l] Standing indian hike



Tom,
We do shuttle service also.  But FYI the road 1310 to Wayah Gap is fine,
just alot of curves.
There were bear reports at Big springs Shelter a couple of weeks ago.
There is room to pitch a
tent.  Right now water sources are alittle low, as we have had no rain.
They are calling for some
possibly tonite/tomorrow.  Another suggested hike:  Kimsey Creek to Deep Gap
to St. Indian.
approx. 6 miles.  St.Indian to Carter or Betty Creek Gap, appox. 6 miles.
Then to either
Big spring or Glassmine Gap, then down to Wallace.  A total of about 29
miles. Nice hike.
If we can help in any other way, let us know.
Jensine
----- Original Message -----
From: "t." <tjfort@netdoor.com>
To: "ATL" <AT-L@mailman.backcountry.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 11:07 AM
Subject: [at-l] Standing indian hike


>
> 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
> support tenting?
>
> * 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?
>
> Thanks y'all!
>
> 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.
>
>
> t.
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