Max Patch Appalachian Trail Adventure

September 20-22, 2019

Max Patch Bald to Hot Springs, NC

September 20-22, 2019

3 days/2 Nights on the Appalachian Trail

$159.00 per person

Includes all meals on the trail, shuttle service between trailheads, devotionals in the morning and evening, and a 1 hour hot tub treatment in Hot Springs, NC post-hike!

This hike is rated moderate to strenuous

THE BRIEFING:

This is a 3-day, 2-night wilderness backpacking adventure on the Appalachian Trail. We’ll start at one of the most iconic balds on the AT, Max Patch, and travel North for 3 days summitting Walnut Mountain and Bluff Mountains before we descend to the French Broad River. Your registration includes a 1-hour training/gear selection session before the hike, a guided 3-day, 2-night hike, all your meals on the trail,  shuttle service between trail heads, and a 1 hour hot tub treatment in Hot Springs, NC following our hike!

THE MISSION:

Friday Morning: We’ll leave Huntsville at 5:00 AM, stop for breakfast on the way arriving at Hot Springs around 12:00 noon. (ET) We’ll take a shuttle back to our trail head.

DAY ONE: Max Patch to Lemon Gap (5 miles)

We begin the Appalachian Trail at the Max Patch Mountain Trail head.  We’ll hike up and over Max Patch (4629 ft.) a beautiful bald, and then hike along a ridge line, finally descending past Roaring Fork into Lemon Gap (3530 ft.) where we’ll make camp.

DAY TWO: Lemon Gap to Three Springs (8 miles)
We hike through a small clearing at Lemon Gap (3550 ft.), then up  Walnut Mountain (4280 ft.), followed by Bluff Mountain, the highest point of our pilgrimage at 4,686 ft!  We then descend into a secluded camp at Three Springs complete with an old tobacco barn and hunter’s cabin.

DAY THREE: Three Springs to Hot Springs (7 miles)
We’ll hike through Garenflo Gap, over Long Mountain and Lamb’s Knob, then past the Deer Park Mountain shelter. (2,330 ft.) Then we’ll begin a long descent past Lover’s Leap and finally to the beautiful French Broad River. We’ll hike into Hot Springs, NC for a well-deserved 1-hour treatment in the natural hot springs!

Afterwards, we’ll change clothes and head over to the local pub to enjoy some excellent food and drink! Then we’ll load up and head back to Huntsville.

We’ll arrive back in Huntsville at between 8:00-10:00 PM on Sunday.

No gear, no problem! You can rent all of your backpacking equipment from us for just $100 per person. Just click the button “Registration and Gear Rental” and we’ll get you set up with all the essential gear you need for backpacking.

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