• Great Smoky Mountain NP, Townsend, TN, April 23-26, 2023

Great Smoky Mountain NP, Townsend, TN, April 23-26, 2023

  • April 23, 2023
  • April 26, 2023
  • 8533 State Highway 73 Townsend, TN 37882


Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Townsend Tennessee

April 23-26, 2023

Co-Trip Leaders: Phyllis Legan and Cindy Durr

Type of Trip: Hiking/Cabin

Trip Cost/Deposit: $190/$90

Cancellation Date and full payment: January 24, 2023

Wilderness Level: 3/4

Trip Difficulty: Moderate/Rugged -- 1500’ elevation gain/loss per day

Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

Level 5: Applies to backpacking trips on very rugged trails or off-trail with multi-day backpacks (35-45 pounds). Expect prolonged, rugged hiking with very strenuous, difficult sections. Terrain can be steep, loose, rocky and/or exposed. You must be able to exercise vigorously at home (extended runs, swims, bike rides, etc..) to join a hike with a Level 5 rating.

Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

Adults Only

***Before registering***

While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

Join us for day hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, April 23-26, 2023, from the Townsend, TN area. Spring in the Smokies is beautiful with an abundance of wildflowers. We will be hiking at a significant elevation in moderate to rugged terrain with mileage of 8-10 miles a day. Training ahead is a must to be ready for the mountains. 

We have two Deluxe Cabins (sleep 4) rented at the KOA in Townsend, TN for three nights. Plans are to cook breakfast at our cabins, bring your own trail food/snacks, and cook two of our dinners at the cabins. The other dinner will be at one of the local restaurants at your own cost. Meals/snacks during travel are also on your own.  Trip price includes cabin rental, shared meals, and group supplies. We will arrange car-pooling to travel to Tennessee.

Questions may be submitted to ciwcinfo@gmail.com.

All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  

Effective on all trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel. Even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the active roster (i.e. those who stay on the waitlist) will NOT be charged the $50 cancellation fee. 

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