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Deep Creek - Sunkota Loop

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Area Location: Smoky Mountains National Park

Trailhead Location: Deep Creek Campground

Trailend Location: same

Hike Type: Loop

Hiking Distance (miles): 13

Difficulty: Difficult

Elevation Range (feet): 1929 / 3860

Total Elevation Gain (feet) : 2700

Total Elevation Descent (feet) : 2700

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Trail Description: Deep Creek Trail to right onto Martin's Gap Trail; right onto Sunkotoa Trail; left onto Loop Trail; right onto Indian Creek Trail; left onto Deep Creek Trail to trailhead.Hike along beautiful Deep Creek, then climb up to and on Sunkota Ridge. Good winter views from ridge.

Topos: Bryson City, Clingman's Dome

Challenges: 900M

Special Features:

Special Flower Season: April

DriveHead: Westgate Shopping Center

2nd Meeting Place: Waynesville Rest Stop on US 23/74

Driving Distance(Miles-RT): 135

Driving Directions: I-26 E to I-40 W to exit 27; US 23/74 S to Bryson City exit; drive through Bryson City (right, then left) to GSMNP Deep Creek trailhead

Notes: The Bryson City Boy Scouts placed a memorial to Horace Kephart near campsite 57, marking his last permanent campsite. Tricky footing on south part of Sunkota Ridge. Be carefull in winter.

Edit History: cf 2-5-08; BB1-5-12

Hike History: A0601(cancelled), A0801, A1201

Click on the date below for details of a previous, scheduled hike. ( (c) means the hike was canceled.)
Hike Type Hike Name Hike Leader
Oct 5, 2016 Wednesday Deep Creek – Sunkota Ridge Janet Martin
Feb 26, 2012 Weekend Deep Creek – Sunkota Ridge Janet Martin
Feb 28, 2010 Weekend Deep Creek – Sunkota Ridge Bob Hysko
Feb 3, 2008 Weekend Deep Creek – Sunkota Ridge loop 7 Charlie Ferguson
Feb 5, 2006 (c) Weekend Deep Creek – Sunkota Ridge loop Don Gardner

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