The troop will go on a day hike on Saturday, December 16th up to the summit of Thunderhead Mountain in the Smokies. It is a nice hike (Trail to Thunderhead Mountain) in the GSMNP and is similar in distance and difficulty to the hike up to Mt. LeConte we did in 2015. Note that we will be taking the Lead Cove Trail up to join the Bote Mountain Trail shortens the round trip distance to 11.5 miles relative to the hike described in the link above. The elevation gain is 3665 feet. The summit is at 5527 feet so dress in layers to keep warm. It will be windy and cold at the top and there is a good chance we will encounter snow at higher elevations. Please plan to meet at Kern UMC at 7:00AM. Bring your 10 essentials, a water bottle, and pack a lunch to east at the summit. We plan to be back at Kern around 6:00PM.