Hiked 18.4 miles to Sassafras Gap Shelter. On our hike down from Wesser Bald, we mistakenly followed a seasoned hiker down a path that wasn’t the AT. After not seeing a white blaze for a few tenths of a mile, we decided to turn around and found the blazes quickly on the other side of the tower. Unfortunately, the other hiker realized his mistake after reaching the bottom of the mountain. We hiked into the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the afternoon. The NOC has a restaurant, outfitter, convenience store and rafting company. After demolishing a huge pizza, we hiked to our shelter for the night. Overall, we overestimated the difficulty of the 2,300 ft descent into the NOC and greatly underestimated the 1,700 ft climb from Grassy Bald to Swim Bald.