My Appalachian Trail Guide has my day's hike broken into two sections. The first being a 8.5 mile hike to Sam's Gap. As we begin, we almost immediately start going up and up and up some more. We will go from about 3,000 ft. in elevation to over 4,500 ft. before getting to Sam's Gap which is at about 3,800 ft.
There is still a dusting a newly fallen snow all around, especially on the North side of the hills.
We pass a couple of really nice vistas along the way. At this time of year, the trees don't yet have their Spring leaves which opens up the sky for some amazing sites.