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Old Feb 23, 2010, 7:09 AM   #1
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Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a hike in the high country. We set out up Limestone Cove Trail, hoping to get up on Unaka Mountain for some wide wintry views. Our first hint of possible problems was thick ice at the creek crossing:
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Old Feb 23, 2010, 7:12 AM   #2
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Limestone Cove trail travels the Unaka Wilderness area, from the base to the top of Unaka Mountain. It's a pretty good climb, and rich in diverse forests. There's also a tiny waterfall just a little off trail. As we struggled through the deepening snow cover, we managed to get close enough to the falls to see all the ice here too!
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The higher we got, the deeper the snows...
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After nearly 4 miles, we found so many blowdowns, and so much snow (one group member without proper footwear for the wet snow), that we had to turn back...
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Got back home in time to enjoy a lovely WARM dusk.

Plan to return (with better clothing) to enjoy the great views on top!
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Beautiful! What a difference a change in elevation makes to the scenery.
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Excellent shots! You need snowshoes for that type of snow - makes for some great fun and much easier going.
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Tundraguy - So true. Here in East Tennessee we have a wide diversity of views and habitats, thanks to a wide range of elevation. But the weather range always fools me...

Harriet - Snowshoes would indeed have been fun. One of the hikers (although a great hiker and certainly up for the distance & climbing) was wearing tennis shoes and cotton socks - not a good idea for wet snow...
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That's what I'd call bone chilling!
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Tennis shoes!??! Yuck! I will often put snow boots on to go from the house to the car when there's a lot of snow on the ground - I hate starting the day with cold wet feet so I can't imagine hiking through that in them.
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