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Re: [AT-L] Fall Hike In The GSMNP (Change in Direction)
Thanks for the great information. A few more questions follow.
>Date: Sat, 5 Oct 1996 15:02:52 -0500 (CDT)
>From: email@example.com (Peter H. Fornof)
>Subject: [AT-L] Re: [AT-L] Fall Hike In The GSMNP (Change in Direction)
>>> Well, those who said it was hard to get the shelter location you
>>>wanted on an October weekend were right.
>This doesn't suprise me. Has happened to me numerous times. LeConte is
>extremely popular and in leaf season, it's bezerk. Hey, Marty (Gypsy)
>Manzano told me that she got into LeConte Shelter with no sweat!
I'd like to know her secret? Actuality, it's not that big a deal. We've
been to the top of Mt LeCount on day hikes. This will be our first time to
>>>2) What about the Mt. Collins shelter? What should we expect?
>Oh, the shelter will be overcrowded, as usual. Many people don't make
>reservations and just hike to this shelter for an overnight from Newfound
>Gap. Get there early and claim your space as your reservations mean
>to squatters who have taken your space. Rangers are usually non-existent,
>you have no authorities to enforce the reservation system. There is a
Should we take our tent, just in case? I know the rules forbid it at a
shelter area, but I don't want to be stuck with no place to sleep.
>composting privy there. Water is a little ways down the Sugarlands Trail
>flows year around. Typical stone Smokies shelter with fireplace, wooden
>bunks, mice, bear fence, and trashed fire ring/grate in front of the
>shelter. Very overused place. However, the area around the shelter is very
>>>3) Once we get to 441, it looks like there is a dirt road which runs
>>> near 441 to the Old Sugarlands Trail. Is this a good way to get to
>Never been on it. I just hiked down the road. Fun breathing exhaust fumes,
We're trying to avoid the tail-light tour. I hope that map is correct.