Created by popular demand! Have you joined us for a Women's trip in the past or have some backpacking experience under your belt and are looking for more? This is a great option for spending more time on trail, and you'll be on your way to becoming an Appalachian Trail section hiker by completing an entire section with us!
You will meet your guide at our bunkhouse in Hot Springs, the "Appalachian Trail-er" (200 Lance Ave, HotThe hike will meet at the Laughing Heart Lodge in Hot Springs (289 U.S. 25, Hot Springs, NC 28743). Feel free to book accommodation here the night before your trip, or somewhere else nearby.
You will park your vehicle in Hot Springs and then take a shuttle around 11am to Davenport Gap (1975') where you will start your hike. On day 3, your group will hike through and camp in Hot Springs in order to resupply, shower, let go of any unwanted gear and regroup for more trail on day 4 and 5.
We will be ascending and descending over mountains up to 5000', so daily mileage needs to be considered with an elevation gain and loss of up to 2000-4000' per day.
Approximate Daily Mileage (guide can always alter to work with group):
Sunday: Davenport Gap to Snowbird Mountain (4263'), 7.1 miles
Monday: Snowbird to Max Patch campsite (4291'), 9.4 miles
Tuesday: Max Patch to Bluff Mountain (4686'), 9.1 miles
Wednesday: Bluff Mountain to Hot Springs (1326'), 10.7 miles
Thursday: Hot Springs to Rich Mountain (3543'), 8.3 miles
Friday: Rich Mountain to Allen Gap (2246'), 6.5 miles
After reaching Allen Gap, a shuttle will pick you up and take you back to your car to finish up the trip. For planning purposes and taking into account the lenght of the trip, you may want to plan for accommodations either in Hot Springs or head towards Asheville prior to returning home; trip typically ends in the early to late afternoon on the last day.
Trip price includes food, individual gear (backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent), and group gear (cookset, water filter, etc). All of our guides are wilderness medicine and CPR certified.