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Old Dec 29, 2009, 4:56 PM   #1
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Default A Chilly Day at Ramsey Cascades

Took some friends and family on a little hike in the Smokies yesterday, up a very popular trail in the Greenbriar section of the park. It was cold and windy, and a great day to hike up to Ramsey Cascades.

First a trail sign, to remind us where we are:
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Ramsey Cascades trail follows the creek - called Ramsey Prong - on up into the mts. The 1.5 miles of the trail was once open to vehicles, the latter 2.5 miles is narrower, rockier, and wilder.

Here are a few views along Ramsey Prong.
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Most of the rock here is massive metamorphosed sandstone, which makes for some interesting boulders. It also makes for many small side springs, and (on cold days like yesterday) some wonderful ice!
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Good stuff as always Mole. Too cold for my liking to be hiking...Here in Northern KY, we've had snow (about an inch yesterday) and temps in the low 30's (for a high). Santa brough me a pair of camera gloves...the hands may stay warm, but I'm worried the rest of me...therefore I've been hanging out inside the ole homestead!

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Greenbriar was one of the most settled parts of the park, but there are still some ancient trees along Ramsey Prong!
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Back at home, at the lower elevations, we are used to seeing lots of Grey Squirrels. But here in the mountains, it's Red Squirrels. They are little, but feisty (some folks call them Mountain Boomers!), and very inquisitive of hikers who stop for a snack.

(I think I will post some more photos of this guy over at the Wildlife photos section of the forum...)
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Ramsey Cascades is about 100 feet tall, and was partly frozen yesterday. We had intended to go on beyond the falls, on an old unmaintained trail, but there was too much ice for safe travel.
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Here are a few views of the Cascades (taken with very numb fingers!!)
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We are all back, safe & warm and full of good memories of a great day in the mountains. Hope you enjoyed our hike, and hope to see you "out on the trail" one of these days soon!

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I'm sitting here with a foot warmer on and I'm still chilled just looking at these shots!
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