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, "rxhoop2002" <rxhoop@...> wrote:
> I have hiked this loop a couple of times (2000 &2002)and have never
> figured out the right way to get back to the campground. Have any of
> you recently hiked this? I'm hoping that the blue-blaze trail back to
> the campground is properly marked.
I've hiked it before, the last time was a couple of years ago.
For those not familiar, the Standing Indian Campground loop is on the
Appalachian Trail in North Carolina, near the Georgia border where the
AT makes a big arc such that you can use auxiliary/sides trail to make
a loop out of it. It is a 20 to 25 mile loop hike... usually, but
there is more than one way to hike it.
First of all you need to pick which trails you want to use and the
direction you want to go. I think most folks start at the trailhead
parking area at Standing Indian Campground and take the Kimsey Creek
Trail to the AT at Deep Gap. Hike the AT from Deep Gap to Glassmine
Gap and then take the Long Branch Trail back to the Standing Indian
Campground. That is the direction I have hiked it and the last time I
missed one turn of the Kimsey Creek Trail and had to back track a half
a mile or so to pick up where I missed a turn. I was talking to
someone and the turn was easy to miss if you weren't paying attention
as it was like a sidetrail into the woods off or a road bed where the
road bed kept on going for a half a mile or so. <grin> Glassmine Gap
was marked with a signpost and the Long Branch Trail took us right
back to the trailhead parking at Standing Indian Campground.
The Kimsey Creek Trail in that direction as best I recall peters out
into a campgroud near Deep Gap that is along side of the forest
service road that ends at Deep Gap so once you hit that you just
follow the road. The Kimsey Creek Trail may be harder to pick up from
Deep Gap hiking it in the opposite direction, I haven't tried that.
How did you hike the loop and where did you have problems? Instead of
using Glassmine Gap and the Long Branch Trail, you can use Rock Gap
and the forest service road to get back to Standing Indian Campground.
I think it is about the same mileage but with about a 1.5 mile walk
on a forest service road. It would be pretty hard to miss Rock Gap
and Standing Indian Campground. I recall the Kimsey Creek Trail being
well marked around Standing Indian Campground if you start at the
trailhead along the forest service road.
aka Youngblood AT2000
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