Danny Bernstein, hiking enthusiast and author of two regional hiking guides, will lead the 6.2-mile hike. It is categorized as moderate in difficulty with a total elevation gain of 1,400 feet. The trail begins at one of the most popular campsites in the park, then walkers will embark on the Smokemont Loop Trail. The guided jaunt is part of a series of hikes called “Classic Hikes of the Smokies.”
The next, and last, Friends of the Smokies guided hike in the 2012 series will be a half-day hike along Mingus Creek Trail near the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Dec. 15. The outing will include a stop by the Visitor Center where hikers can participate in the Holiday Homecoming festivities and purchase holiday gifts.