I woke up really early today, 4:30 am to be exact. I got dressed, brushed my teeth, and grabbed my gear as I headed out for an ambitious hike in the Smokies. I arrived at Newfound Gap just before the sun rose and ate a snack there before heading to the trailhead for the Deep Creek Trail.
I hit the trail in the gloaming, pre-dawn light. The Deep Creek Trail begins with a series of switchbacks that descend down to the headwaters
The lower stretches of the part of the Deep Creek Trail that I hiked were wide and rutted from horse use. The trail here is obviously an old road.
I stopped for a snack at the junction with the Thomas Divide Trail and then continued on.