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    Will be doing it in the morning, going to walk up Katahdin, might as well walk up springer.
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    Default Enjoyed Approach Trail

    Last year when I started I wanted the whole "AT Experience."

    I stayed at the Amicalola Lodge and really enjoyed talking to the other hikers and looking at the beautiful views. I did the approach trail and walked through the arch. I did the steps and took manyy picutures of the falls. I had injured my back that morning at a friend's house, which took me off the trail later. I was too excited to acknowledge the pain I was feeling. I kept hoping it would go away, but it didn't.

    I can honestly say I met some absolutely fantastic people on the approach trail. A man I met told me he didn't just want to hike the trail...he wanted to experience it...all of it. He finished and I'm glad we still keep in touch.
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    I'm doing a BMT thru hike in April and had briefly considered doing the approach trail then since both the BMT and AT start at the same place.

    I quickly came to my senses and am going to start on top of Springer now...

    The approach trail is not the AT *or* the BMT, why bother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post

    The approach trail is not the AT *or* the BMT, why bother?

    Because you love hiking? And a 8mile trail is a great excuse to stay outside just that much longer?
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    Default Approach trail - approach it later

    I didn't do it - and it was fun to come back a couple of years later after my thru-hike and do it then. You relive the experience and get to see something new

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oleskool View Post
    Because you love hiking? And a 8mile trail is a great excuse to stay outside just that much longer?


    Get back with me after you hike a few hundred miles.....

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    I see both sides of it, it isn't the AT, so if you are setting out to hike the AT as 10-k says, why hike the approach trail? Then again, another 8 miles isn't a big deal. Especially if it is at the beginning of a long thru hike.

    For me I had to hike the approach trail after reading about it in "A Walk In the Woods". If it weren't for Bryson's book, I likely wouldn't have hiked the approach trail. Plus it made a really good drop off point when my brother brought me to the trail head. You can weigh your pack and get some good pictures going through the arch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post
    I'm doing a BMT thru hike in April and had briefly considered doing the approach trail then since both the BMT and AT start at the same place.

    I quickly came to my senses and am going to start on top of Springer now...

    The approach trail is not the AT *or* the BMT, why bother?
    I agree! I hike multiple trails in Alabama, I see beautiful waterfalls. I can't wait to get on the actual trail and hike the AT. I can hike here the week before I leave for Springer on any trail. I don't want to delay my hike any further by doing the approach trail.
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    [QUOTE=10-K;1115947]

    Get back with me after you hike a few hundred miles.....[/QUOTE


    I have, looking forward to more and more and more. Its a hobby, its fun, I love it. Ill take it in 8 mile, 50 mile or 2000 mile chunks.

    We more often regret the things we didn't do not the things we did.
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    But that's just me. HYOY. The less people hike the approach trail, the better the trail is for those who do.
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    This is what I found at Black Gap Shelter:https://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=38519&catid=member&orderby=title&d irection=ASC&imageuser=24923&cutoffdate=-1[/IMG]

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    Sorry, Let me try to attach my picture again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Praha4 View Post
    I've hiked the approach trail 3 time... in Aug-o9, April-10, and July-10.

    the difficulty really depended on the heat and humidity, with the summer months being the worst. The falls are beautiful, you can stay a night at the lodge before starting ur hike, log in at the visitor center, weigh ur pack at visitor center, get a picture at the "arch" behind the visitor center....

    and I just find hiking the 9 mile approach trail preferrable to backtracking up to Springer Mtn terminus from Big Stamp Gap.

    u also never know what kind of gear you will find laying along the approach trail from new hikers struggling with too much pack weight.
    This is what I found at Black Gap Shelter:

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    I give up... How do I attach pictures to Reply?

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    I'm doing the approach trail just to get a real early sense of just how physically unprepared I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tirebiter View Post
    I'm doing the approach trail just to get a real early sense of just how physically unprepared I am.
    I've seen quitters on the approach. It's a 4 hour hike, people over do it though with toughness. It's no harder than what follows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by takethisbread View Post
    I've seen quitters on the approach. It's a 4 hour hike, people over do it though with toughness. It's no harder than what follows.
    I did not do it last year on my thru and I regretted it, thankfully I am able to have a 2nd chance and I am definately going to do it. My ATeam last year had a saying which I will always remember.
    APOTE = A part of the experience. We used it a lot.
    Just do it you may not get another chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oleskool View Post
    Because you love hiking? And a 8mile trail is a great excuse to stay outside just that much longer?
    That's why I did the approach trail when I did the BMT.

    Quote Originally Posted by 10-K View Post


    Get back with me after you hike a few hundred miles.....

    How about a few thousand?

    In fairness, coming from CO, I did not know when I'd be back to the southern Apps. To me, the approach trail to Springer Mtn is part of the AT lore. Figured a BMT hike was a great time to see it.

    It was nothing that spectacular, but it was nice. And, it made the logistics of starting easier.

    FWIW, I did not find the approach trail hard at all. Thought it was fairly mellow.
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    perfectly said. You actually changed my mind with this.

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