We were able to get Spence Field Shelter opened back up.
Hopefully we will be able to reopen Silers Bald and CosbyKnob soon.
9/7, 9/8 and 9/9: I hiked into Spence Field Shelter and was met
by Wildlife Ranger Jeremy Nicholson. We stayed at the shelter for a couple days to see if our problem bear would
return. Fortunately we did not see any bears so we were able to reopen Spence Field Shelter. I hiked out on 9/9 to Cades
9/11, 9/12: What a beautiful day in the Smokies. It was a day of
remembrance of the tragic attack on our country. There were a lot of hikers out enjoying their freedom in our beautiful National Park today. I hiked out to Silers Bald Shelter to check for bear sign. I cleaned up a little trash and did not see
any sign that the problem bear had been around. Hopefully we will be able to get this shelter open again soon. I spent a
beautiful evening at double Springs Gap Shelter and hiked out the next day. What a beautiful week!