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Kimsey Creek/Standing Indian Loop




Summit Standing Indian Mountain (5,498') in this Challenging and Rewarding Day Hike

Event Hiking
Location Standing Indian Campground near Franklin, NC
Date(s) & Time
Sign up deadline
Duration Day trip
Difficulty (1 - 6) 5. Difficult
Distance 11 miles
Adult Leaders Albert Bodamer,
  Cost   Bring money for fast food stop on way home.
Who may attend Scouts 13 and older, First Class & above & registered Scouters in the Troop. Must have successfully completed a prior hike > 6 miles.
So why is this mountain called "Standing Indian"? According to Cherokee myth, the peak is the stone remains of an actual watchman, an Indian warrior sent to the mountaintop to keep a lookout for the winged monster that had stolen a village child. When the Great Spirit answered the village's prayers and destroyed the monster with a furious lightning storm, the mountain was shattered and the lone scout was turned to stone. The legend also "explains" the treeless heath or shrub bald summit, covered primarily with purple rhododendron.

From the Standing Indian Backcountry Information Center we will go up 3.7 miles on beautiful Kimsey Creek trail until we reach the Appalachian trail at Deep Gap. We will then walk 1 mile north on the AT to Standing Indian shelter, where we will prepare our minds for the climb up the mountain. Once we come to terms with the challenge that awaits us, we will continue up another 2.5 miles north on the AT to the summit of Standing Indian mountain (elev. 5,498 feet). On the summit, we will take pictures to commemorate our heroic feat. And we shall feast and make toasts to one another. After lunch, we will walk 4.2 miles down on Lower Ridge trail, back to the parking lot.

NOTE: The elevation change from Standing Indian Campground to the summit of Standing Indian Mountain is about 2,100 ft. If you are unsure of your capabilities, discuss with the Adult Leader prior to signing up.

Pack List:
  • Day pack
  • Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
  • Socks/liners
  • Good hiking boots/shoes that fit and are broken in
  • 2, 2 Liter Nalgenes of water/electrolyte drink
  • Rain gear
  • Hiking pole(s), optional
  • Cash for food on drive home
Permission Slip
Pack List
Difficulty Ratings:

1. Easy

  Generally 4 miles or less, leisurely pace, and/or gentle elevation gain (less than 400 feet)
2. Easy to Moderate
  Generally 6 miles or less and/or moderate pace, gentle to moderate elevation gain (less than 1000 feet).
3. Moderate
  Generally 8 miles or less and/or increased elevation gain (less than 1500 feet) and/or faster pace.
4. Moderate to Difficult
  Generally 10 miles or less and/or more challenging elevation gain (1500 to 2500 feet) and/or faster pace.
5. Difficult
  Generally 15 mi or less and/or challenging elevation gain (2500 to 4000 feet) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
6. Strenuous
  Generally distance of 15 mi+ and/or challenging elevation gain (4000 feet or more) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
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