Took another hike in Smoky Mountain National Park today. Destination was Abrams Falls but I went another mile or two to the end of the trail. Roughly 8 or 9 miles round trip. It is in a very popular tourist area known as Cades Cove. I avoid that entire side of the park during peak season. There is almost 900 miles of trail so that is easy. Most of the trails are much more remote, longer, & more difficult than Abrams Falls trail. I rarely encounter tourists but there were a few today. There was some elevation changes but fairly minimal for a mountain trail. The falls is about 50 feet tall. Maybe 75. I've seen taller falls in the park but think this is officially the highest volume one. Certainly one of the most popular. It is rated as the 9th most dangerous trail in the USA. Simply because people do dumb things at the falls. The trail itself was rather tame. For the mountains.
Oh, and there were some mossy rocks. It's almost impossible not to see mossy rocks on any trail in SMNP. The trees are thick & there are many springs, creeks, & rivers. Not to mention the fog & rains.
Argue for your limitations and they are yours forever.
taken during our annual spring walk in the hoh rainforest last year
"Skidding rocks is better than rolling them. Rolling is better than lifting. Lifting sucks." -a High School trail crew volunteer
"Don't cut your foot with the axe. It will not add to the pleasures of camp life." -Vacation Camps for Girls circa 1913