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Orient Mine Hike

This is the second time I've hiked to the top of the Orient mine this year. Katie and I came up to the hot springs in early January and I hike this on a cold morning on the fourth. This hike was quite a bit easier this time for a number of reasons, but mostly because it wasn't freezing cold since it was September. However, it did drop into the 40's at night, and since we did this as a sunset hike to see the bats, we were up there until the sun went down and it got really cold.

The hike ended up taking an hour to get up and a half hour to get down, and we stayed at the top for an hour while we waited for the bats to come out. The 4 mile hike was only 761 verticle feet in ascent, but we went on this hike to see the bats, not necessarily get in a difficult hike.

Trailhead Location
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4.34 mi 2.7 hrs 9,319 ft 761 ft
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Six Dead
Changing Trees
Orient Mine
Setting Sun
Holding the Sun
Behind the Smoky Mountains
Orange Sun
Following the Ridge
Thousands in the Sky
Flying Far