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Tom Mangan

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Keeper of Two Heel Drive, A Hiking Blog at http://tommangan.net/twoheeldrive |



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Clemmons, North Carolina, USA

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November 20, 2008

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tommangan commented on tommangan's trip Blood Montain and Neels Gap on the Appalachian Trail on Jan 05, 2013

Neels Gap, Georgia, United States8.1 miles
Wildflower along the Appalachian Trail Photo
Mountain Crossings Photo
Appalachian Trail marker Photo
Blood Mountain Photo
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tommangan
Well, since you've already done the out-and-back to the summit, you already know how nasty the descent is so you're used to it. I went up that way but did not do the descent -- but it was was steep enough going up to tell me it'd be a bear coming back down. That descent is the main reason why Blood Mountain is so notorious with thru-hikers.



By contrast, the descent down the Freeman Trail is much more pleasant, as I recall. Freeman Trail actually is a pretty nice hike, in the springtime anyway, because it does not get a lot of traffic and it's a pretty good trail. Winter will be much different, though.



Speaking of winter, the AT descent from Blood Mountain could be very precious if there's any ice on those rocks.
by tommangan on Jan 05, 2013 at 11:17:38 am
samburger
Yeah it's a pretty brutal stretch--the couple of times I've done the in-&-out, I've gone up BH Reece & come straight down the AT to Neels Gap, just to avoid the nasty descent down BH Reece. The out & back is relatively short so I never find myself aching too much, but I'm sure I'll be grateful not to have to descend Blood Mountain after adding another 2 or so miles to the trip.



Thanks for the warning about the ice, I've never really done any winter hiking so I'll keep my eyes for sure. It's showing a pretty warm afternoon tomorrow but it's been either raining or freezing up there every day for the last week so ice certainly wouldn't be out of the question, especially at that altitude. Anyway, thanks again for the info & happy hiking!
by samburger on Jan 05, 2013 at 11:35:34 am
emodavis
oh wow! loved it, but we did run into a rattlesnake and then a copperhead. small price to pay for such a rewarding hike.
by emodavis on Oct 13, 2013 at 03:01:24 pm
tommangan

tommangan commented on tommangan's trip Blood Montain and Neels Gap on the Appalachian Trail on Jan 05, 2013

Neels Gap, Georgia, United States8.1 miles
Wildflower along the Appalachian Trail Photo
Mountain Crossings Photo
Appalachian Trail marker Photo
Blood Mountain Photo
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tommangan
Well, since you've already done the out-and-back to the summit, you already know how nasty the descent is so you're used to it. I went up that way but did not do the descent -- but it was was steep enough going up to tell me it'd be a bear coming back down. That descent is the main reason why Blood Mountain is so notorious with thru-hikers.



By contrast, the descent down the Freeman Trail is much more pleasant, as I recall. Freeman Trail actually is a pretty nice hike, in the springtime anyway, because it does not get a lot of traffic and it's a pretty good trail. Winter will be much different, though.



Speaking of winter, the AT descent from Blood Mountain could be very precious if there's any ice on those rocks.
by tommangan on Jan 05, 2013 at 11:17:38 am
samburger
Yeah it's a pretty brutal stretch--the couple of times I've done the in-&-out, I've gone up BH Reece & come straight down the AT to Neels Gap, just to avoid the nasty descent down BH Reece. The out & back is relatively short so I never find myself aching too much, but I'm sure I'll be grateful not to have to descend Blood Mountain after adding another 2 or so miles to the trip.



Thanks for the warning about the ice, I've never really done any winter hiking so I'll keep my eyes for sure. It's showing a pretty warm afternoon tomorrow but it's been either raining or freezing up there every day for the last week so ice certainly wouldn't be out of the question, especially at that altitude. Anyway, thanks again for the info & happy hiking!
by samburger on Jan 05, 2013 at 11:35:34 am
emodavis
oh wow! loved it, but we did run into a rattlesnake and then a copperhead. small price to pay for such a rewarding hike.
by emodavis on Oct 13, 2013 at 03:01:24 pm
tommangan

tommangan commented on tommangan's trip 5-mile moderate hike on Owl's Roost Trail in Greensboro Watershed on Nov 11, 2011

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States5.1 miles
Greensboro Watershed sign at Lake Brandt Photo
Observation/fishing deck at Lake Brandt Photo
Owl's Roost Trail sign Photo
First buds of spring appearing Photo
jcool
Couldn't get the gpx file to work--Garmin Basecamp said "Invalid GPX file" I tried to manuallly load it and it wouldn't show up in the menus. I have a Garmin Oregon 450
by jcool on Nov 11, 2011 at 01:41:03 pm
tommangan
jcool: you may have to convert it to GPX using a website like GPS visualizer. I've had lots of trouble with Garmin files not talking to each other. http://www.gpsvisualizer.com
by tommangan on Nov 11, 2011 at 01:44:53 pm
jcool
That worked! Thanks for the tip--enjoyed the trail!
by jcool on Nov 11, 2011 at 04:01:18 pm
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tommangan created a new trip Clockwise loop at Julian Price Park on Oct 22, 2011

Julian Price Park, North Carolina, United States7.8 miles
Grandfather Mountain Photo
Industrious beaver activity Photo
Price Lake reflection Photo
Fog and morning sun Photo
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tommangan created a new trip Two hikes in one at Stone Mountain State Park on Oct 17, 2011

Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina, United States9.5 miles
Hutchinson Homestead at Stone Mountain Photo
Large crack at Stone Mountain Photo
Hiking boots at Stone Mountain Photo
Reflection in a puddle Photo
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tommangan created a new trip Hike at Hanging Rock for park's 75th Anniversary on Oct 09, 2011

Hanging Rock State Park, North Carolina, United States5.4 miles
Hanging Rock Lake Photo
Lake, with Bathhouse on opposite shore Photo
Wild berries Photo
Moore's Knob Photo
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tommangan created a new trip Osprey and Townsend Trails-Greensboro Watershed on Oct 02, 2011

Greensboro, North Carolina, United States12.3 miles
Lake Townsend, Greensboro, NC, dawn Photo
Swamp on the Osprey Trail Photo
Clouds over Lake Townsend Photo
Leaves in the water Photo
tommangan

tommangan created a new trip Carvers Gap to Roan High Bluff on Sep 20, 2011

Roan Highlands, North Carolina, United States7.3 miles
Forest on the Appalachian Trail Photo
Hotel site at Roan High Knob Photo
Another view from Roan HIgh Knob Photo
Roan High Bluff overlook Photo
tommangan

tommangan created a new trip 8-mile hike at McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail on Jul 11, 2011

Appalachian Trail, Virginia, United States8.8 miles
Catawba Mountain sign Photo
Some flowers still blooming Photo
3.4 miles to McAfee Knob Photo
Trail bridges Photo
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tommangan created a new guide Old Cove Landing Trail at Wilder Ranch on Jun 27, 2011

wilder-ranch-sign.jpg Photo
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