Jakes Creek AT Loop
ElevationAscent: 4,600' 1,402 m
Descent: -4,600' -1,402 m
High: 5,746' 1,751 m
Low: 2,309' 704 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A challenging, yet breathtaking 2-day loop with many highlights.”— Brian Carpenter
Stay on Little River Trail for 1.3 miles until you cross Lost Creek by bridge. There is a nice large log to take a small break before starting up the long climb of Goshen Prong Trail. Make a right at Goshen Prong Trail. A creek flows to your right and after a mile you can see some beautiful cascades. Around the 3.2-mile mark, you'll reach campsite #23 which makes for a nice place to take a small rest. From here the trail begins to climb from about 3200' to 5700'.
Around the 5-mile mark there is a stream which will become your last water source until you reach the AT. Just past the stream is a small cave. Eventually, the Goshen Prong Trail ends at the Appalachian Trail. From here, turn right. Double Spring Gap shelter is .6 mile and makes for a great stopping point for the day. From the right turn that you just made, you'll reach Silers Bald which is marked by a marker on top of a rock. The shelter is located about .25 miles from here.
The AT continues along the top of the mountains never dropping you too far below the ridge line. Around the 3-mile mark, you'll turn right on Miry Ridge Trail and start a long descent of about 5 miles until you reach Jake's Gap.
From here jump on Jakes Creek Trail for a quick and easy 3.3 miles back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park