Woke up early and drove to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, NC side. Did the Hemphill Bald loop of 13.5 miles. Gorgeous views up at the bald. 2nd half of the hike was difficult. Recent heavy rain turned the trail into a creek coming down the mountain. There's a steep uphill section from mile 9-11.5 that beat us up a bit.
Overall a wonderful hike. We went to Taco Temple in Asheville, NC after. Best tacos. Period.
13.5 miles in 5:45 hike time. Avg 25:45 miles.