Standing Indian Loop Appalachian Trail Adventure Nov. 29-Dec 2, 2018

Photo courtesy of The Restless Wild

4 days/3 Nights on the Appalachian Trail

$149.00 per person

Includes a 24-mile guided wilderness backpacking adventure, training/gear selection hike before the trip, a foodkit with all meals on the trail, amazing views, and memories that will last a lifetime! This is a moderate to strenuous hike.

THE BRIEFING:

This is a 4-day, 3-night wilderness backpacking loop, starting at the Standing Indian Campground in North Carolina. We’ll travel 24 miles total, 16 of them on the Appalachian Trail! We’ll camp at the historic Albert Mountain fire tower on night one, then hike along the AT through several gaps and forested areas before our ascent to Standing Indian Mountain where we’ll camp on night three. The temps will be pretty cool on top of Albert and Standing Indian Mountain, and the views will be incredible!

THE MISSION:

We’ll leave Huntsville AL at 6:00 AM on Thursday morning, stopping for lunch on the way, arriving at the Standing Indian Campground around 11:00 AM (ET). We’ll park in the backcountry parking area and head out on the Long Branch Trailhead to begin our adventure!

Thursday – Backcountry Parking Area to Albert Mountain (6 Miles)
We’ll hike about 2 miles on the Long Branch Trail on our ascent to the Appalachian Trail. We’ll intersect the A.T. at Glassmine Gap, then hang a right and head southbound toward Mount Albert. We’ll take in some breath-taking views at the firetower, then setup camp for the evening below the summit.

Friday – Albert Mountain Firetower to Carters Gap (6 Miles)
We’ll roll along the AT today with several PUDS (Pointless Ups and DownS) taking us through Mooney Gap, Betty Creek Gap, ascend to over 5,000 feet, then finally descend into Carters Gap where we’ll stop for the night. Carter’s Gap has a new shelter and privy which is quite nice in the backcountry!

Saturday – Carter’s Gap to Standing Indian Mountain (6 Miles)
We’ll begin with an ascent out of Carter’s Gap, then go through Beech Gap, then begin a super-long climb to the top of Standing Indian Mountain. We’ll setup camp in a huge treed camping area below the summit, and head up to the summit after dinner for some spectacular views and (hopefully) a glorious sunset on our final evening.

Sunday – Standing Indian to Backcountry  Parking Area (6 Miles)
This will be a major downhill kind of day as we head back to the Standing Indian Campground. We’ll hike along the Appalachian Trail about 2 miles to the junction of the Kinsey Creek Trail. Then we leave the AT and head straight down Kinsey Creek all the way back to the backcountry parking area where we left our cars.  We’ll pile in to them and stop for a well-deserved dinner on the way home!

We should arrive back in Huntsville, AL between 7:00 and 9:00 PM.

View from Standing Indian Summit

View from the Albert Mountain Firetower
Photo courtesy of The Restless Wild
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