I didn't sleep well last night. Actually, I slept like a log until 2 am. After that I was restless. I was out of bed by 5 am and on the road to the Smokies by 5:15. After a stop in Newport for breakfast, I had made it to the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead before it was even light enough to start hiking. I sat in the car for about 20 minutes and organized my gear before it seemed light enough out to hit the trail.
The lower portions of the Ramsey Cascades Trail were fairly easy hiking on an old road
I crossed the stream again on a very snowy log bridge