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Old Feb 20, 2014, 9:13 PM   #1
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Default Thin Snow at Bald Mountain

Plenty of cool snowy weather in the East Tennessee hills lately - which means plenty of water in the streams! Had two recent "light snow" visits to the same corner of Bald Mountain Scenic Area recently.
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 9:14 PM   #2
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Several great trails begin at the same trailhead in this portion of Cherokee National Forest. Actually, the first bit of trail is on private land, but the landowner has very generously permitted the Forest Service to build a trail across his land, so folks can gain access to the public trails beyond. One of those public trails is called Phillips Hollow. If you don't mind plenty of unbridged creek crossings, it's a lovely lower elevation trail through some lush woodlands.
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 9:15 PM   #3
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The creek was well-decorated with icicles.
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Old Feb 20, 2014, 9:16 PM   #4
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And this little waterfall was full and full-voiced too!
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Back at the trail junction to follow another trail up the main branch of Dry Creek. Definitely a misleading name - I've never seen it even close to dry!
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Dry Creek is rich with riffles and small rapids.
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Here are several views of one of the many small waterfalls along Dry Creek. (any preferences among these perspectives?)
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This trail dead-ends at the highest waterfall in Bald Mountain - Margarette Falls. Have already posted far too many photos of this waterfall, hope you can tolerate a few more.
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Was trying for a few different angles and views of the falls - any opinions on these?
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Will end with a bit more ice along dry creek. Sure do hope you enjoyed both trails, and that you'll share your comments & critique!
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