Post 3rd 900 Hike #???: Laurel Falls 3.1 & 0.9: Cove Mtn 8.4
Did this hike with BZ Lane; if I were to check, I would probably find that more than half the hikes that I have taken in the GSMNP since my start in 2005 would be hikes with BZ despite the fact that he lives in Gatlinburg and I live in Louisville. For today's hike I met BZ near the trailhead of Cove Mountain at 0845; this is just N of Park Headquarters and the Sugarlands Visitor Center. We then proceeded in his vehicle to the Laurel Falls trailhead. Today's hike would include the latter to its junction with the Cove Mtn trail on the Northern edge of the GSMNP would take us back to my vehicle; ironically we did the very same hike in reverse direction 12 days ago. Today's hike had a little bit of "up" until we got to Cove Mtn; from there on it was basically "down"; thus today's hike was much easider than that done 12 days ago.
We did not see a soul on this trail; of course the section from Little River Road to the Falls would be heavily populated later on in the day. Not much to report on today's hike; I may add a couple of pictures later. Believe we finished the 12.4 miles ~13:30; from there it was on to the Mountain Inn where I could get my usual Reuben. I then took BZ back to his vehicle at the Laurel Falls trailhead.