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I am just a guy who loves living life to the fullest. Whether it is out hiking the trails of East Tennessee, adventures in the backcountry, or visiting and learning about historical sites, I enjoy it all.

I document my journeys though various forms of social media with pictures, videos, and blogs as a way for me to look back. If you enjoy this kind of thing, I invite you to pour a beer and join me on my adventures.

As Always, Stay Safe and Hike On!
L. Alex Hauck

CURRENT FEATURED ADVENTURES

Great Smoky mountain National Park

Laurel Falls via Little Greenbrier

Blog: February 17, 2024

Like Laurel Falls, but do not like crowds? Well then this just might be the hike for you if you do not mind putting in some mileage. There are a few ways you can do this hike but on this one I started at the Little Greenbrier Trail in Wares Valley and hiked 4.3 miles to where it intersects the Laurel Falls Trail. From there hiked another 2.2 miles to Laurel Falls and then took the same route back.

You could also take Little Brier Gap to Little Greenbrier to Laurel Falls. If you do not want to hike there and back and if you are hiking with someone else, you could always leave a car at the end of one of the trails and then drive to where you want to start. I did it this way several years ago and started with the Laurel Falls Trail.  

My Route:

(1)  Little Greenbrier Trail  ...  4.3 Miles
(2)  Laurel Falls Trail  ...........  2.3 Miles
(3)  Laurel Falls Trail  ...........  2.3 Miles
(4)  Little Greenbrier Trail  ...  4.3 Miles

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Laurel Fall via Little Greenbier Pictures

Cherokee National Park / Citico Wildnerss Area

Stiffknee to Slickrock Creek & Overnight

After Action Report - September 27 - 28, 2023

I took Monday and Tuesday off from work and headed out to the woods for a cold overnight. My adventure started off in Cherokee National Forest in the Citico Wilderness Area and ended up in Nantahala National Forest in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area. I hiked down Stiffknee to the Stiffknee / Slickrock junction where I set up camp and then continued up Slickrock for a little while. After spending a frosty night in the woods, I then hiked back up Stiffknee.   

The Stiffknee trail I will breakdown into three sections; The Doozy, Wide Open, and Overgrown. Each had its positives and negatives, except for the wide-open portion that was just enjoyable all around. 

If you are starting in Cherokee National Forest and you are hiking this one there and back the first and last 1.3 miles is not to be taken lightly. The elevation grade is steep! Not only is it steep but it is at an angle that makes footing and balance difficult. On the days I hiked the trail you can add in a lot of wet, slippery leaves and it makes it a little scary. There were couple of sections where a tree got uprooted and fell over taking parts of the trail with it so over these sections you will need to shimmy across. There were also a couple of super steep areas where on the way down I slid on my butt and on the way up I felt like I was alpine climbing. I had to push my trekking poles into the ground to hole my position then basically kick step or move the several layers of leaves and duff off the ground to I could get solid footing. This whole section was terribly slow going. 

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Video - Stiffknee to Slickrock Creek & Overnight

Stiffknee to Slickrock Creek & Overnight Pictures

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Featured Videos

Old Mac Loop

Frozen Head State Park
Sunday, March 24, 2024

This is one of my favorite short hikes when I want to get out but do not have all day to spend in the woods. Just under seven miles, this is a great hike to stretch your legs on. Also, I just got my Garmin Mini 2 and wanted to give it a test run before my big two-night trip to the Smoky Mountains. 

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Overnight on Crowder Branch

Cherokee National Forest
September 29-30, 2023

This was an outstanding night of solitude out in the forest and a fun hike. Click here for my past blog where I give a description of the actual hike. The hike itself was easier as I did not have Frank to contend with on the uneven Crowder Branch Trail, but I did unlock a new hiking fear. Acorns, you hit a pile of those hidden underneath some leaves...

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Fall 2023 rich Mountain Loop Hike

Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Sunday October 22, 2023

The Rich Mountain Loop Hike is by far one of my favorite fall hikes in the Smoky Mountains. The trail does have some elevation to it so you have to work for it, but it offers some great colors in the fall. You can also tell the difference between the leaves at different stages of elevation on this hike.

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Featured Blog Posts

Frozen Head State Park: Sunday, March 24, 2024
This is one of my favorite short hikes when I want to get out but do not have all day to spend in the woods. Just under seven miles, this is a great hike to stretch your legs on. Also, I just got my Garmin Mini 2 and wanted to give it a test run before my big two-night trip to the Smoky Mountains. 

No matter which of the trails you take up the mountain there is going to be some elevation gain. I have hiked this loop both... Continue Reading 

Crowder Branch Overnight

Sunday, November 30, 2023: 
This was an outstanding night of solitude out in the forest and a fun hike. The hike itself was easier as I did not have Frank... Continue Reading

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