Smoky Mountain Backpacking Trip, Part 2

Compared to Russell Field, the Spence Field shelter was pretty high class (that is to say, it had a privy).

View from inside the shelter

Spence Field Shelter

The next morning, despite our battle scars from the “day hike” to the waterfall, we decided to leave our packs behind for a 2.6 mile stroll to Rocky Top for some scenic views.

Battle scars

Appalachian Trail, near Rocky Top

Sunrise over Thunderhead Mountain

Allison and I on Rocky Top

Group photo on Rocky Top

We returned to Cades Cove via the Bote Mountain and Anthony Creek trails (5.5 miles) after returning to Spence Field and packing the bags. Following our post-caving tradition, we hit up a local Pizza Hut for a late lunch before the drive back to Indy.

Lowest Elevation: 1966′ (Cades Cove)

Highest Elevation: 5440′ (Rocky Top)

Approximate Total Distance: 23.1 miles (including Saturday’s “warm-up” hike and a 5.7 mile estimate for Sunday’s off-trail hike)

Allison and I will be leaving for our trip out west this coming Sunday, so you can expect another post in about a week. The first stop will be Arches National Park in Utah.

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Published in: on May 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm  Comments (6)  

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6 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Lisa and I enjoyed our family trip. Nice job with the blog. We look forward to reading about your western adventures!

  2. That actually doesn’t look too horrible and something that is potentially do-able! Have fun with moving and the rest of your road trip!!! Miss you guys! 😦

  3. So good, I can’t wait for the next post! Have a great time in WI. I will miss you all a bunch!

    • It’s not caving, but we’re having a good time!

  4. The stream crossing after the rain looked terrible! G’pa and I don’t do the long hikes anymore. Your pictures are beautiful and the blog is wonderful.

    • Thanks! It’s good to hear from you guys.


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