Feb 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm #1233749
It's been awhile since I've rapped at ya; school's been dragging me down. But my friend and I want to take a trip during the first week of March, and we're looking for some help. We're looking for a trail east of the Mississippi that doesn't involve winter camping. I can do colder weather, but I don't have the funds to get the 4-seasons gear that is necessary. Any suggestions? I live in Michigan, if that helps…Feb 2, 2009 at 3:10 pm #1474847
Could you do a southern portion of the AT? The south end of the AT is only 1.5-2 hours from Atlanta. I looking at doing that in mid-April or maybe over Memorial Weekend as my in-laws live there, but still working on the details. Since the merger of NWA & Delta, tickets have gone up about $200 to Atlanta from Minneapolis-St. Paul which sucks. It would probably be about the same from Detroit. And they say that mergers are supposed to keep prices down… Yeah Right!! Good Luck!
I've searched a little bit to see if there are any shuttles or transit that leave from Atlanta to the trail head, but haven't found any yet.Feb 2, 2009 at 4:01 pm #1474862
@chrismorganLocale: Southern Oregon
Some options, with weather down to the 20s and 30s, with the occasional freak colder night:
Within 6 Hrs:
Red River Gorge – KY – Lots of Loop options
Deam Wilderness – IN – 35 miles of several loop options
Knobstone Trail – IN – 50 miles, very hilly
Within 7 Hrs:
Dolly Sods – WV – Several loop options
A section of the AT in TN/NC/VA
(times assuming you're in Ann Arbor)Feb 2, 2009 at 4:28 pm #1474872
@missingutahLocale: Smoky Mountains
I second the Dolly Sods Wilderness. Very nice area, especially when isolated in the winter.
I was out there for a few nights in late February last year, and I was fine with very basic 3-season gear. A few inches of snow, and temps in the 20s, but nothing that merited 4-season gear, crampons/spikes, or anything of the sort.
Southern AT is always good; but I've typically found the VA sections to be fairly dry in the winter.
For a little closer to home, consider the Cumberland Gap too.Feb 3, 2009 at 11:09 am #1475072
I think that the Knobstone Trail (KT) may be up my alley. It's a good length, and it's not too far from Kalamazoo. I've been looking around and it doesn't seem like backcountry permits are required. My only issue is transportation from the end trailhead all the way back to the start. I haven't found much on the Web that gives good, solid information about the KT. I'll keep looking; if you have any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it!Feb 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm #1475153
I also will be doing the KT this year, hopefully in the spring. In researching this trail, I came across this outfitter site:
He includes pickup/delivery services to trailheads. Might give him a call. I used to live in Kazoo before moving to South Bend; nice town.Feb 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm #1475219
Thanks for the beta. I'll give that guy a call. I'm also now considering the Cumberland Gap. However, there are only a few campsites to stay at, whereas I could camp anywhere I wish on the KT. Choices, choices, choices…Feb 5, 2009 at 10:20 am #1475628
@malndmanLocale: Central NC, USA
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