Beartooth HighwayGround IvyHickory Nut FallsBridger Mountains, MT
Beartooth Highway
Ground Ivy
Hickory Nut Falls
Bridger Mountains, MT
2016 Hiking Log

My 2016 Hiking Goal is 450 miles! Most of my hikes are in and near western North Carolina with a few iconic hikes while traveling. Follow my progress.


Personal Hiking Log

Follow along as I log my hikes and try make my yearly goals. Feel free to comment. Mileages and elevations are to my closest approximations.

My Wilflower Logs

Wildflowers are one of life’s greatest gifts. I try to log new flowers as I see them. Please help and comment about identification errors!

Places and Events

Check out the places and events I find interesting. This includes festivals, fairs, travel and just plain old neat stuff.

Blog Posts

2016 04 30 Flat Laurel Creek 11

Flat Laurel Creek Loop Hike

Total Distance: 5.3 Miles RT Total Elevation Gain: 679 ft. Highest Point: 5935 ft. We parked at the Black Balsam Trailhead parking lot and walked down the road to the Sam Knob Trail to start the loop. For more about the trail click here.   [image caption=”Sam Knob Trailhead”][/image] [image caption=”Witch Hobble”][/image] [image caption=”Left to Creek”][/image] [image …

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Sam Knob

Sam Knob

Total Distance: 2.6 Miles Out and Back (my gps measurement) Total Elevation Gain: 383′ (my gps measurement) *Note:  Several online …

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2016 03 26 Avery Creek Feature 1

Avery Creek Ridge Loop

Today Phil and I hiked the Avery Creek Loop … 10.8 miles, with 3162′ of elevation gain. It was our second time …

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2016 03 24 CRSP Birdhouses 6

Bird Watching at Chimney Rock

I’ve walked by these birdhouses for years and not really paid much attention to them. Today, I thought I’d take …

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2016 03 Biltmore Feature 1

Spring at Biltmore

Spring at Biltmore is a flower fanatic’s dreamworld. The gardens are brimming with daffodils, hyacinth, forsythia, tulips and periwinkle, just …

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2015 06 Redbuds 1


I guess I’m trying to make up for sitting on my butt all winter, but over the past 8 days, …

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2016 Mar17 CRSP 1

I Counted the Steps!

So, during my workout hike at Chimney Rock State Park, I counted 1322 steps on the main trails leading from the …

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