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Hike - Pogue Creek Canyon - Wed., Nov.15, 2017

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017
Depart at 7:30 a.m. from Chota Center
 
NOTE THE EARLIER START TIME
 
POGUE CREEK CANYON
Distance:   6 miles
Rating:  Moderate/Difficult
Elevation Gain:  (est) 1000 ft.
Driving Time:   2-1/4 hrs.
Leader:  Tom Ringenbach  865-201-9014  tommamier@gmail.com
 
The trails we are hiking are among the newest in the TN State Park system, having been completed in 2014 and 2016.  They have a lot to offer:  two beautiful overlooks, some arches, and numerous, very impressive rock walls.  The original 1.75 mile Pogue Creek Loop Trail, half of which we traverse at the beginning of our hike and half at the end, is relatively easy/moderate.  But the Upper Canyon Trail (in and out totals 4.2miles) drops (at times, steeply) into the canyon, then ascends to the peak on the opposite side, thus presenting a bit more challenging hike experience.  The hike being just six miles, the elevation change, will hopefully be doable for most of our hikers.  The Pogue Creek State Natural Area trailhead is located just two miles south of Pickett State Park.  Because of the longer drive time, please note our 7:30 a.m. start time.