Because of some stupidity involving jumping over a tree when one ankle was hurt, subsequently hurting the other ankle in a poor landing, I was still hobbling around in pain at this point. Wait, that was another, unsuccessful (small wonder) trip. This excursion was quite successful, sort of.
The day began as I went to the Schoolhouse Gap trailhead, trying to locate a benchmark. No luck there. No luck either at a site along the Little River Road or at Metcalf Bottoms. At this point, I was feeling rather dejected, and the daylight was waning. A little after 1500 I arrived at Sugarlands and parked in a pull-off near the trailhead.
Benchmarks are easy to walk by, I found out.