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Hike - Mt.LeConte via Trillium Gap trail - Wed., May 27, 2015

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
Depart at 7:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME
 
MT. LECONTE via Trillium Gap Trail
Distance:    13 miles
Rating:  Difficult
Driving Time:   2 hours
Elevation gain:   Approx. 2800 feet
Leader:   Bob Stewart   865-224-1778  rlsmks@gmail.com
 
This route up to LeConte will begin at Grotto Falls parking area on the Roaring Fork Motor Trail just south of Gatlinburg.  Highlights include Grotto Falls, LeConte Lodge, and views from High Top at an elevation of 6593 feet.  Please keep in mind that weather conditions at these elevations can be more extreme than at lower elevations.

Hike - Bob Stratton Bald - Fri., May 8, 2015

FRIDAY,  MAY 8, 2015
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
 
BOB STRATTON BALD
Distance:  Approx. 6.6 miles
Rating:   Moderate to Difficult
Driving Time:   1.5 hours
Elevation Gain:  Approx. 900 feet
Leader:  Rick Carlin  513-518-0738  rick0738@gmail.com
 
Bob Stratton Bald is a grassy meadow located off the Cherohala Skyway at an elevation of 5360 feet and offers views of the Unicoi Mountains as well as the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Area.
The trailhead is located at Beech Gap just before the North Carolina border.  The first 1.8 miles is on a fairly flat and wide trail with minimum elevation changes.  For the remaining 1.5 miles the trail changes to a narrow trail which is somewhat rutted (cup shaped) and follows a ridge line through patches of rhododendrons and blackberry bushes.  The elevation change for this portion of the trail is 749 feet over 1.1 miles with the most difficult portion being a 0.2 stretch.  Please keep in mind that weather conditions at these elevations can be more extreme than at lower elevations.

Hike - Lookout Mountain - Wed., April 29, 2015 (cancelled - rain expected)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN   (Rescheduled from February 25, 2015)
Distance:   approx. 5 miles
Elevation Gain:   approx. 600 feet
Rating:  Moderate
Driving time:  1.5 hours
Leader:  Tom Ringenbach   865-458-0915    tommamie@charter.net
 
This hike will hopefully appeal to those who enjoy great vistas and/or Civil War history.  Lookout Mountain was the scene of a significant Civil War battle on November 24, 1863.  We stop for lunch at Point Park, which has a small museum, cannons, monuments, and signage documenting the battle.  It also boasts fantastic vistas of Chattanooga.  Most of the trail is not difficult.  However, there is a fair amount of uphill climbing on this hike.  The trail is somewhat rocky, and there is a tall metal stairs to climb to enter Point Park.

Hike - Ramsey Cascades - Wed., April 22, 2015

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
RAMSEY CASCADES
Distance:    8 miles
Rating:  Difficult
Driving Time:   2 hours
Elevation gain:   2300 feet
Leader:  Terry Nyenhuis     865-206-9476   terrynyenhuis@gmail.com      
 
This is one of the more lovely and popular trails in the park.  The trail follows the Ramsey Prong of the  Little Pigeon River and passes by many waterfalls and rapids.  It ends at a beautiful 100 foot cascade, the highest waterfall in the Smokies.  We will pass through one of the only old growth forest areas in the park.  Almost all of the Smokies were logged so it is amazing to see the size of the original poplars and imagine the whole of the Smokies forested by such magnificent trees.   Because of the elevation gain and the rocky trail, we have rated this hike as difficult.

Hike - White Oak Sinks - Fri., April 10, 2015 (CANCELLED - THUNDERSTORMS)

Friday April 10, 2015
Depart at 8:00 am from the Chota Parking Center Opp. the Marathon Gas Station
 
White Oak Sinks
Distance: Approximately 5 miles
Rating: Easy
Driving Time: 1.25 Hours
Leader: John Heard 859 409-9988
 
The White Oak Sinks trail is not an official Smoky Mountain Park trail but it is one of the most spectacular trails to hike at this time of year. Why? Because it is one of 3 or 4 of the best trails in the Park for viewing wildflowers. One can expect to see the floor of the Sinks covered with purple Phlox. It is also one of the few places in the Park where you will see Shooting Stars and Blue Bells. If the timing is correct we may also see Yellow Lady Slippers. A very exciting wildflower hike.  There is also a waterfall and the "Bat Cave" which has been cordoned off.
 
Hiking boots and hiking stick(s) are recommended.  Bring water and a trail lunch. We request that drivers are offered $5.00 for transportation.

Hike - East Lakeshore Trail, Canal Branch to Mizell Bluff - Wed., Mar.25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015
Depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Chota Center
NOTE CHANGE OF DEPARTURE TIME
 
EAST LAKESHORE TRAIL – CANAL BRANCH AND PART OF
BAKER HOLLOW BRANCH TO MIZELL BLUFF
Distance:   Approx. 4-1/2 miles
Rating:   Easy
Driving Time:  30 minutes
Leader:  Bob Kutschera  408-3092  bkkutch@yahoo.com
 
This trail is a pleasant hiking experience winding along the shoreline of Tellico Lake from the Rte 321 parking lot to Mizell Bluff and back.  Bring water and a trail snack since we will complete the hike before lunch.
 
Please refer to the following link for directions and a trail map which you can save for future hikes.
http://tellicowater.org/documents/Complete%20ELT%20Map.pdf

Hike - Brady Mountain - Fri., Mar.13, 2015 (rescheduled to Mar.27)

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
BRADY MOUNTAIN – Jim Marotta Memorial Hike
 
Distance:  6.2 miles
Rating:   Moderate (the climb to the ridge will get your heart beating)
Driving Time:   60 minutes
Elevation Gain:  1000 feet in 2 miles
Leader:    Gary Glesser   gglesser@me.com   657-9677   George Zola  zola1029@gmail.com  614-937-0767
 
Join us and explore a short section of the Cumberland Trail.  This 6 mile out and back hike traces the spine of Brady Mountain.  The route features unspoiled valley views of the Grassy Cove valley and an undulating ridgeline climb.  We will stop for lunch at a fabulous overlook offering views over Grassy Cove, an enclosed valley designated as a National Natural Landmark.   As the Knoxville News states “the view offers a snapshot of rural Tennessee that’s as pretty as you’re likely to find”.

Hike - Lookout Mountain - Wed., Feb.25, 2015 (Canceled because of road closures)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2015

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

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN

Distance:   approx. 5 miles

Elevation Gain:   approx. 600 feet

Rating:  Moderate

Driving time:  1.5 hours

Leader:  Tom Ringenbach   865-458-0915    tommamie@charter.net

This hike will hopefully appeal to those who enjoy great vistas and/or Civil War history.  Lookout Mountain was the scene of a significant Civil War battle on November 24, 1863.  We stop for lunch at Point Park, which has a small museum, cannons, monuments, and signage documenting the battle.  It also boasts fantastic vistas of Chattanooga.

Most of the trail is not difficult.  However, there is a fair amount of uphill climbing on this hike.  The trail is somewhat rocky, and there is a tall metal stairs to climb to enter Point Park.

 

Hike - Finley/Bote Mtn./Lead Cove Trails (loop) - Fri., Feb.13, 2015

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015

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

FINLEY/BOTE MTN/LEAD COVE (loop)

Distance:  7 miles

Elevation Gain:  1200 feet

Rating:  Moderate

Driving Time:  1.5 hours 

Leader:  Tim Kalina    847-917-0994   timkalina@aol.com

This trail is on Laurel Road approximately 5.5miles from the Townsend “Y” junction heading towards Cades Cove.  The first 2.5 miles has 350 feet of elevation gain, potentially muddy with a few creek crossings (easy rock hops when the water level is low).  However, the next 2.5 miles has 850 feet of elevation gain and the last two miles are downhill.

 

Hike - Old Sugarlands - Wed., Jan.28, 2015

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015

Depart at 7:45 a.m. from the Chota Center (NOTE TIME CHANGE)

OLD SUGARLANDS/LUNCH IN GATLINBURG/TWIN CREEK TRAIL 

Distance:  10 miles 

Rating:    Moderate

Elevation Gain:   1100 feet

Driving time:  1-1/2  hours

Leader:   Bob Kutschera   bkkutch@yahoo.com    865-408-3092

Hike - Ft. Loudoun State Park- Fri., Jan.9, 2015

FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015

Depart at 12:00 NOON from the Chota Center (NOTE TIME CHANGE)

FORT LOUDOUN STATE PARK

Distance:   Approx. 5 miles

Rating:    Easy

Driving Time:   .5 hour

Elevation gain:  Minimal

Leader:  Gail Eades   865-599-6785   g3evolution@gmail.com   

Wilderness Week & Hike - Wed., Jan.28, 2014

Wilderness Week 2015 (open link below which includes the classes and seminars), January 24th - January 31st will be here soon, so please mark your calendar.
This is a wonderful event and you can attend any portion of it during the week.
CHANGE OF HOTEL: This year we will be using the Best Western Plaza Inn 3725 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN. (865) 453-5538.
http://www.bestwesternplazainn.com/
Sunday  through Thursday of Wilderness Week, the rate is $44.95 plus tax and Friday and Saturday it is $54.85 plus tax.
When you call the hotel directly 865 453-5538 for reservations tell the reservation clerk that you are a member of the TV Hiking Clubs and this includes those who are members of Muddy Boots and Women's Hiking Club. Please make your reservations by December 31st so the hotel can block the required rooms and there is a 24 hour cancellation policy.
The hotel has an indoor pool and whirlpool spa. All rooms are exterior accessible and it is a short drive from the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge where Wilderness Week is held. In addition, the hotel offers a Deluxe Continental breakfast. Also, the hotel has made available a large conference room for our Tuesday 5:00 PM social.
http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/wilderness-wildlife-week/ 

Hike - Dark Hollow Loop, Big Ridge S.P. - Fri., Dec.5, 2014

FRIDAY,  DECEMBER 5, 2014

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

 

BIG RIDGE STATE PARK:  DARK HOLLOW LOOP

 (Note the change from Devils Backbone/Cumberland Trail)

Distance:  5.5 miles plus optional 1 mile with two spur trails

Elevation Gain:  350 feet

Rating:  Moderate

Driving Time:   1 hour

Leader:  Gail Eades   865-599-6785   g3evolution@gmail.com

Co-leader:  Georgia Filip

 

Big Ridge State Park was one of Tennessee’s first state parks, developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The Dark Hollow Loop crosses a small dam that separates Norris Lake from the Big Ridge Park Lake.  We hike through pine and cedar trees skirting Norris Lake, before joining an old wagon track lined with sweetgum, dogwood and pine trees.  Along Pinnacle Ridge there are jillions of beech trees.  Taking part of the Ghost House Loop, we will stop at the Norton Cemetery, then stop at the Snodderly Cemetery before looping back.  On the way back, heartier souls can take two short spur trails to the Loyston Overlook and Meditation Point.  Previously there has been no adequate stop along the trail for lunch.  Plan on a snack, then we’ll lunch at the picnic tables beside the parking area.   After lunch, a quick drive in the park to the Norton Gristmill is a noteworthy event.

Hike - Brushy Mountain Trail, Wed., Nov.19, 2014 (Cancelled, too cold)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2014

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

 

BRUSHY MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Distance:  11.6 miles

Elevation Gain:  2800 feet

Rating:  Difficult

Driving Time:  2 hrs., 15 min.

Leader:   Hamish de Wilde  860-716-4016   signal530@gmail.com 

 

This hike follows a little used trail beginning in the Greenbrier area east of Gatlinburg.  We will climb to Trillium Gap and then on to the summit of Brushy Mountain,  just under 5000 feet elevation.  The bald atop Brushy Mountain affords great views of Gatlinburg and surrounding mountains.  There will be an opportunity to visit a historic farm site near the conclusion of the hike.

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.

Hike - East Lakeshore Trail - Sat., Oct.25, 2014

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2014

Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center RESCHEDULED FROM SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

 

GLENDALE LOOP/DAVIS FERRY (EAST LAKESHORE) TRAIL

Distance:   Approximately 5.8 miles if you hike both sections

Rating:   Easy

Driving Time:  30 minutes

Leader:  Bob Kutschera  408-3092  bkkutch@yahoo.com

 

Hike - Angel Falls Overlook, Big South Fork - Wed., Oct.22, 2014

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

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

 

ANGEL FALLS OVERLOOK

Distance:  6.5 miles

Elevation Gain:  Approx. 500 feet

Rating:  Moderate

Driving Time:  2 hours

Leader:   Bob Stewart   865-458-3727  rlsmks@gmail.com

 

Hike - Thomas Divide Trail to Campsite #52 - Fri., Oct.10, 2014

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2014

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

 

THOMAS DIVIDE TRAIL TO NEWTON BALD TRAIL TO CAMPSITE #52

Distance:  11 miles

Elevation Gain:  800 feet

Rating:  Moderate

Driving Time:   2 hours

Leader:  Terry Nyenhuis  865-206-9476   terrynyenhuis@gmail.com

 

Hike - Nemo Bridge, Obed Scenic River - Wed., Sept.24, 2014

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center AMENDMENT TO SEPTEMBER 24 HIKE

NEMO BRIDGE-OBED SCENIC RIVER

Distance:   5 Miles

Rating:   Moderate

Driving time:  1.5 hours

Elevation Gain:   800 feet

Leader:   Dolly Garnett   dandbgarnett@charter.net  865-408-2547

Hike - Nemo Bridge, Obed Scenic River - Wed., Sept.24, 2014

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

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

 

NEMO BRIDGE-OBED SCENIC RIVER

Distance:   10 miles

Rating:   Difficult

Driving time:  1.5 hours

Elevation Gain:   800 feet

Leader:   Dolly Garnett   dandbgarnett@charter.net  865-408-2547

 

This hike is in a section of the Obed Scenic River within the Obed and Emory River Gorges.  The first 2.5 miles to Alley Ford is rated moderate and the final 2.5 miles is difficult as you find yourself hiking down into the Obed basin where there are rocky and steep stairs and rocks to climb over.  We will hike to Break Bluff which offers a beautiful view of the river gorge.  Hiking sticks are strongly recommended to maneuver the difficult rocky areas.