We will be in the Smoky Mountains 10/19-22.
We have hiked extensively in Glacier National Park, but we have only done shorter hikes in the Smokies when the kids were younger. (Laurel, Grotto, Spruce Flats Falls, Deep Creek Loop) last trip we did Rainbow and were disappointed in comparison to some of the shorter hikes with the destination it was in Oct so not sure if the falls were not raging that time of year? I think we did Abrams, but I am not 100% sure, it has been awhile not opposed to doing it again.
How difficult is Ramsey's? We have done a couple difficult hikes in Glacier such as Siyeh Pass which was 10.3 miles rt with a gain of 2300 and loss of 3440 which was a tough hike, and Ramsey's difficulty rating is higher than that one was. Wondering if it is the same difficulty rating guide.
The others we are considering are:
Opinions on favorites, and why? Which would be best for colors? I know the higher elevations will have peaked by then, and some areas have more spruce trees which is not as good for color viewing?