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Charlies Bunion Professional Review and Guide
"Nearly everyone who visits the Smokies spends a little time at Newfound Gap, where this hike begins. Unless you just like hanging out in crowds, you’ll want to park and hit the trail quickly. However, don’t expect to get away from everyone on this hike.
Charlies Bunion is a classic Smokies hike and can be crowded any time of year except winter. Winter hiking along this trail is very rewarding, with great vistas and the opportunity for seeing interesting ice formations. However, only experienced hikers should attempt it in winter. Regardless of when you make the hike, the views from Charlies Bunion are spectacular."
--Kevin Adams, Hiking Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Falcon Guides).
I should have picked another trail to start back-up with after a month off. The trail starts with a long steady climb full of tourists, but eventually the crowds fade away, and you find yourself enjoying some real quite time. The trail is pretty rocky in places. The "bunion" itself makes the effort worth while. Great views! I met several AT thru-hikers on this trail (early spring).
Enjoyable hike. The trail was easy to moderate. The 1/2 mile side trail to the jumpoff was rugged but well worth the effort, I would definetly recommend this side trail as a must see. Dissapointed to see a lot of trash along the trail. The bunion was spectacular but there was too many people there to enjoy it. If your seeking more solitude I would hike this one later in the fall or winter. Nice view of Mt. LeConte to the N.W.
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