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Hike - Cooper Rd./ Hatcher Mtn./Little Bottom, Fri., Nov.7, 2014

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center

 

COOPER RD./HATCHER MTN./LITTLE BOTTOM (Loop)

Distance:  11.6 miles

Elevation Gain:  1100 feet

Rating:  Moderate

Driving Time:   50 min.

Leader:  Tim Kalina    865-657-9137   timkalina@aol.com

 

This trail begins at Abrams Creek Campground.  Cooper Road was once the main access to Cades Cove for settlers, farmers and loggers.  In 2011 an EF4 tornado devastated much of the Hatcher Mtn. trail with a swath of destruction measuring up to a quarter of mile wide.  It’s interesting to see how Mother Nature brings the forest to life again after 3 years.   Around the 9 mile mark the trail has a very steep ascent and very steep descent.  There are approximately 6 stream crossings.  Hiking poles are strongly recommended.

Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended. Driving directions will be provided the morning of the hike.

Bring water and a trail lunch. Carpooling is recommended, passengers are asked to contribute $6 to the driver to help cover gas, etc.,