Mt Sterling hike via Baxter Creek trail – 5000 footer in the Great Smoky Mountains


I attempted another 3 day backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I started in the Big Creek Campground area on Baxter Creek trail. I made it about half way into my hike before the rain started pouring. It rained the rest of my hike. I set up my tent in the rain and after sitting in my tent for a couple of hours, I checked the weather and saw more storms coming and decided to call this trip and head back to my car. Luckily, the sky cleared long enough for me to get a decent view from the fire tower. I could have stayed and hiked the next couple of days in rain, but if I’m not thru hiking then I want good weather on my overnights if at all possible lol. I hiked about 13 miles with 4,100 ft of elevation gain. Mt. Sterling is a 5k at 5,802 ft elevation.

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