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burntorangeVOLffle

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One of the most popular hikes in the area, Laurel Falls on the AT. I’ve been here 6-7 times but always from the “main trail” off the HWY which is about 4.5 miles out and back. Last time was about 3 years ago. Today we took the “back way” which is only 2.5 miles. Great trail that mostly follows the creek. Has a few rock canyons the kids loved climbing around and a picturesque bridge to cross.

I’ve always come in the spring or summer and the falls are generally quite crowded. Today there was only one couple down there getting drone footage and they left after about 5 minutes of our arrival. Never had the place to ourselves before! 73A108DC-F536-4BDF-84C6-29A19D6E3B10.jpeg 79F13149-1C44-491C-B63D-91EFFD742C2E.jpeg 0A0E7937-47F6-4822-995A-5C28E67B1BC3.jpeg C0C91E45-8425-4FC1-89FE-CFC0B629B53F.jpeg
 

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One of the most popular hikes in the area, Laurel Falls on the AT. I’ve been here 6-7 times but always from the “main trail” off the HWY which is about 4.5 miles out and back. Last time was about 3 years ago. Today we took the “back way” which is only 2.5 miles. Great trail that mostly follows the creek. Has a few rock canyons the kids loved climbing around and a picturesque bridge to cross.

I’ve always come in the spring or summer and the falls are generally quite crowded. Today there was only one couple down there getting drone footage and they left after about 5 minutes of our arrival. Never had the place to ourselves before! View attachment 329718 View attachment 329721 View attachment 329722 View attachment 329723
I was there last week. I may have whizzed on that rock wall 😬😬😬
 

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One of the most popular hikes in the area, Laurel Falls on the AT. I’ve been here 6-7 times but always from the “main trail” off the HWY which is about 4.5 miles out and back. Last time was about 3 years ago. Today we took the “back way” which is only 2.5 miles. Great trail that mostly follows the creek. Has a few rock canyons the kids loved climbing around and a picturesque bridge to cross.

I’ve always come in the spring or summer and the falls are generally quite crowded. Today there was only one couple down there getting drone footage and they left after about 5 minutes of our arrival. Never had the place to ourselves before! View attachment 329718 View attachment 329721 View attachment 329722 View attachment 329723
In the GSNP? This doesn’t look like the Laurel Falls I know.
 

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Mid Dec trip to Bays Mountain for the Lake Side trail View attachment 336014
Wanted to do Whitehouse Cliffs in Flag Pond day after Christmas in the snow but the road was closed so we did Nolichucky Ridge again since it was close... View attachment 336016
But got to do Whitehouse Cliffs for first hike of the year on a nice 55° day...
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Nice photos... the snow covered trail pic reminds me of the hike from Alum Cave to LaConte... icy and a heck of a trek back down. Fell off the trail over a 6 ft drop. Got hung up in the vines, bushes to break my fall. Good times on those winter hikes.
 

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