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Hike - East Lakeshore Trail - Fri., Sept.12, 2014 (Cancelled due to expected rain)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

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

 

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

 

This trail is a pleasant hiking experience winding along the shoreline of Powerline Cove and the main channel of Tellico Lake.  We will start with the Davis Ferry Trail to WindRiver and back – 3.6 miles.  People can end their hike when we return to the Glendale parking area or continue along the Glendale Loop for another 2.2 miles.

 

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 - Maggie Valley, N.C. - Aug.25 - 27, 2014

Overnight Hike Maggie Valley - Black Balsam Mountain

 

Monday - Wednesday, August 25-27, 2014

Depart at 8:00 am from the Chota Center

We can arrange a place to meet those going from Kahite

 

Hotel --- Maggie Valley Comfort Inn (828) 926-9106

   Rate $65 per day + tax provided we use at least 15 rooms

   Mention Tellico Village Hiking Club when making reservation

   Please notify Curt Sheldon by phone or email after making a reservation 

 

For Additional Information  --- Curt Sheldon 865-458-8510 (H)  865-850-1951 (C)

   curtssheldon@gmail.com

or

Bob Kutschera  865-408-3092 (H)  865-356-1086

bkkutch@yahoo.com

 

Hike- Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald via A.T. - Fri., Aug.8, 2014 (canceled because of forecasted rain)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center
 
A.T. CLINGMANS DOME TO SILERS BALD
Distance:   10.2 miles
Elevation Gain:  1200 feet
Rating:   Difficult
Driving Time:  2.25 hours
Leader:   John Winn   895-675-6272   john.winn@gmail.com
 
We will hike the Appalachian Trail from Clingmans Dome to Silers Bald, returning along the same route.  The trail follows the main spine of the Smokies and offers great views of both the Tennessee Valley and of Fontana Lake and the ridges in North Carolina.  The lowest point on the hike is at an altitude of 5400 ft., making for a cool summer hike.  Pack a light jacket as the temperature will be at least 20 degrees cooler than in the Village.  The climb back to Clingmans Dome at the end of the hike is quite steep and rocky, so the hike is rated as difficult.  At the end of the hike, we will climb the observation tower at Clingmans Dome and take a well deserved rest as we survey the 360 degree view from the highest point in Tennessee.

Hike - Charlie's Bunion - Wed., July 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
Depart at 7:30 a.m. from Chota Center (NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME & DESTINATION)
 
CHARLIE’S BUNION (shuttle)
Distance:   Approx. 9.8 miles
Elevation Change:  gain of 1100 ft. in first 4 miles, then a loss of 3000 ft. to US 441                                     
Rating:  Moderate
Driving Time:  2 hrs.  plus car shuttle time
Leader:   John Winn   895-675-6272   john.winn@gmail.com
 
This is a one way hike from Newfound Gap to Charlie’s Bunion, then down Dry Sluice Gap, Grassy Branch and Kephart Prong Trails to US 441.  Charlie’s Bunion is one of the most visited destinations in the Smokies for moderate to serious hikers.  On a clear day, the views are spectacular.  From Charlie’s Bunion, the remaining 6 miles are easy because the trail is all downhill.  We will hike on a very pretty but less used route that will take us from the alpine forests of the high peaks down into heavily forested slopes in North Carolina.  Near the end of the hike we will pass signs of an old CCC camp.  Because of the length of the drive to Newfound Gap and the car shuttle, we will leave earlier than usual at 7:30 a.m.

Hike - Lilly Bluff Trails, Obed - Fri., July 11, 2014

FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2014
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center
 
LILLY BLUFF TRAILS-OBED SCENIC RIVER AREA
Distance:  6 miles
Elevation Gain:  500 feet
Rating:   Moderate
Driving Time:   1.25 hours
Leader:   Bev Hawkins   bevhawkins@aol.com   865-406-0297
 
Lilly Bluff Trails along the Obed Scenic River offers a start off climb on the Bridge Trail up to the Overlook Trail where there is a great view of the river, cliffs and bluffs.  The Boulder Trail offers a hike through the lush forest to a boulder field where giant boulders rest below the cliffs.  Finally, we will hike the Point Trail where we pass a natural arch and view from the bluff, with Clear Creek meeting the Obed River at the point.

Hike - Gregory Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald - Tues., June 24, 2014 (rescheduled to July 1, 2014)

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014 (rescheduled to July 1 due to forecasted rain)

Depart at 7:30 a.m. from Chota Center

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE & TIME

 

GREGORY BALD

Distance:    11.4 miles  

Elevation Gain:   2300 feet 

Rating:   Strenuous

Driving Time:    Approx. 1.5  hours

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

 

This out and back hike turns around at one of the prettiest destinations in the park.  Gregory Bald is famous for its flame azaleas, large shrubs with beautiful orange-red clusters of flowers.  We hope the hike coincides with maximum bloom, when the Bald is alive with flame.

 

The trail to the Bald begins in the back of Cades Cove (we must drive the loop).  It climbs steadily and unrelievedly uphill, with the last quarter mile being as steep as any trail in the park.  The Bald is on the main spine of the Smokies, and you can feel the change in climate, so even on a warm day, bring a light jacket.  You will need it after the exertion of the climb.  As with any spectacular reward, this one takes effort.  On the way down you can congratulate yourself for seeing a special part of the park that only a hardy few can experience.

 

Hike - Middle Prong Trail to Indian Flats Falls - Fri., June 13, 2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center
 
MIDDLE PRONG  TRAIL TO INDIAN FLATS FALLS
Distance:   8.2 miles
Elevation Gain:  1000 feet (gradual)
Rating:  Moderate
Driving Time:  1.25 hours
Leader:   Curt Sheldon   865-458-8510  curtssheldon@gmail.com
 
The trail is one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Smoky National Park near Townsend and Tremont.  The trail follows the rushing Middle Prong of the Little River, and features overlooks of waterfalls, cascades and rapids cut through a narrow gorge.  This hike follows a wide old logging railroad bed up a gentle slope with 1000 feet of gain.  Indian Flats Falls are a strand of four falls on Indian Flats Prong.  Since the hike is between 2000 and 3000 feet elevation, the temperature will be lower than in Tellico Village.

Hike - Frozen Head State Park - Fri., May 9, 2014

FRIDAY,  MAY 9, 2014
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
 
NOTE CHANGE IN HIKE LOCATION
 
This week’s hike was scheduled for Laurel Falls in the Snow Pocket Wilderness.  However, we are not able to do this hike at this time because there is a bridge that is impassable due to tree damage.  Another moderate hike of comparable distance is being substituted. 
 
FROZEN HEAD STATE PARK – Wartburg, TN
Distance:  6.5 miles
Rating:   Moderate
Driving Time:   1 hour
Elevation Gain:  1,237 feet
Leader:  Don DiTullio   603-569-0906  dondit1@charter.net  
 
This is a beautiful hike in the Cumberland Mountains with plenty of wildflowers, birds, and a couple of waterfalls.  We will meet at the Park’s visitor center for a pit stop, then drive to picnic area C where we will leave some of the cars and shuttle some to the Debord Falls trailhead where the hike begins.
 
We’ll take a short hike to Debord Falls and Emory Gap Falls, then backtrack to the Panther Branch Trail.  All the elevation gain is on this trail.  The 2.1 mile trail is steep and narrow in sections.  There is one possible wet spot, not deep, but on a smooth outcropping on a narrow part of the trail.  There is also a large tree down across the trail which some people may need help getting over.  The park personnel are aware of it and said they will try to clear it.
 
We will head back on the 3.3 mile North Old Mac trail.  This trail has a gradual downslope.  The trail terminates at picnic area C where we can have lunch.

Hike - Mt. LeConte - Wed., May 28, 2014

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014
Depart at 7:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
 
NOTE CHANGE IN START TIME
 
MT. LECONTE via BOULEVARD AND ALUM CAVE TRAILS (shuttle)
Distance:    13 miles
Rating:  Difficult
Driving Time:   2 hours
Elevation gain:   Approx. 1700 feet
Leader:   Bob Stewart   865-458-3727  rlsmks@gmail.com
 
The 8.1 mile ascent will start on the Appalachian Trail from Newfound Gap.  The starting elevation is 5000 feet and we will ascend about 1200 feet in the 2.7 miles to the junction with the Boulevard Trail at Mt. Ambler.  Leaving the AT for the Boulevard Trail we will descend about 500 feet in the first mile.  In the next 3 miles we will gradually climb back 300 feet to an elevation of 6000 feet.  The last 1.3 miles will have us climbing about 700 feet to the Lodge at Mt. LeConte.  There will be very nice vistas to see during the hike on the A.T. and Boulevard.
 
On the 5.0 mile hike down the Alum Cave trail, we will see some of the most spectacular scenery in the park.  This trail is steep and there are numerous places where the park has installed cabling to hold onto for safety purposes.  The views are wonderful!!  There are two major distinguishing features on this trail.  The first that we will come to is Alum Cave Bluffs, which is a little more than half way to the bottom.  Leaving the cave we will come to Inspiration Point where we will have wonderful views of the valley on our way to Arch Rock, the other major feature on the trail.

Hike - Laurel Falls - Fri., May 9, 2014

FRIDAY,  MAY 9, 2014
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
 
LAUREL FALLS – Laurel-Snow Pocket Wilderness
Distance:  5 miles
Rating:   Moderate with rocky footing
Driving Time:   1.5 hours
Elevation Gain:  1000 feet (most of the gain is in the last l/2 mile)
Leader:  Don DiTullio   603-569-0906  dondit1@charter.net   
 
This is a pretty hike starting along a favorite Dayton area swimming creek with large boulders.  We will pass an old mine and cross a 50 foot hiking bridge above Laurel Creek.  At about 2 miles into the hike, we will go through and under boulders at a spot nicknamed, “fat man’s squeeze”.  There is a 1000 foot elevation change, most of which occurs in the last ½ mile before the 80 foot Laurel Falls.

Hike - White Oak Sinks - Wed., April 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
 
WHITE OAKS SINKS TRAIL
Distance:   Approx.  5 miles
Rating:  Easy
Driving Time:  1.25 hours
Leader:   George Zola   614-937-0767   zola1029@gmail.com
 
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 can see Shooting Stars and Blue Bells.  If the timing is correct we may also see Yellow Lady Slippers.  It can be a very exciting wildflower hike.  There is also a waterfall and the “Bat Cave”. 
 
After the hike there will be an optional picnic at Cades Cove Picnic Area.  George will bring charcoal, hamburgers, hot dogs, paper goods and a few sides for a contribution of  $3 per person.   Please bring your own drinks.   Please  RSVP by phone or email to George before  Monday, April 21,  if you plan to attend the picnic.

Hike - Twin Arches - Fri., April 11, 2014

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
 
TWIN ARCHES – Big South Fork
Distance:   5.2 miles
Rating:  Moderate
Driving time:  2 hrs. 20 min.
Leader:  Tom Ringenbach    865-458-0915  tommamie@charter.net
 
Located in Big South Fork NRRA, this hike has a lot to offer, starting with the twin natural arches that we meet fairly early in the hike.  We’ll take time here for picture taking.  The trail also takes us to a very rustic, but operational hostel; remains of a homestead and family cemetery dating to 1863; and finally to several very large rock overhangs.  The trail is generally well maintained with just a small amount of rock climbing near the rock walls.  There are a couple of steep stairs to navigate as well.

Hike - Abrams Falls - Wed., March 26, 2014

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
 
ABRAMS FALLS FROM ABRAMS CREEK RANGER STATION
Distance:    Approx. 11 miles
Rating:  Difficult
Driving Time:   45 minutes
Elevation gain:   Approx. 1400 feet
Leader:  Gary Glesser   865-657-9677   gglesser@me.com
 
This is an in and out hike to Abrams Falls from the Abrams Creek Ranger Station via the Cooper Road Trail, Little Bottoms Trail and Abrams Falls Trail.  The trails consist of up and down terrain with a few steep portions and some rock hopping stream crossings.   Most of the trail follows Abrams Creek offering great views of the rushing water and mountain ridges.

Hike - Brady Mountain - Fri., March 14, 2014

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
 
BRADY MOUNTAIN
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:    Jim Marotta  865-657-9987   DianeAndJim71@hotmail.com
 
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 - Virgin Falls, Bowater - Wed., Feb.26, 2014

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014

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

VIRGIN FALLS – BOWATER POCKET WILDERNESS AREA

Distance: 11 miles

Elevation Gain: 800 feet

Rating: Difficult

Driving time: 2 hours

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

 

This trail is one of the most interesting and beautiful trails in Tennessee. It features scenic overlooks and passes

by several waterfalls and cascades, including Virgin Falls where the stream emerges from a cave and crashes

110 feet into a sinkhole.

Hike - Lookout Mountain - Fri., Feb.14, 2014

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014

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

Elevation Gain: approx. 600 feet

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 

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.

Wilderness Week, Jan.26 - Feb.1, 2014

Wilderness Week 2014 (open link below), January 26th - February 1st 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.

Hike - Old Sugarlands Trail/lunch in Gatlinburg/Twin Creek Trail - Wed., Jan.29, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014

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

 

We will meet up with hikers attending Wilderness Week in Pigeon Forge. This hike is the Club’s annual 

January hike which includes lunch at The Best Little Italian Restaurant in Gatlinburg (approx. 8 miles from the 

start of the hike to the restaurant). It is another 2 miles on Twin Creek Trail back to Sugarlands Visitor Center. 

Hike - Schoolhouse Gap/Chestnut Top - Fri., Jan.10, 2014

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014

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

 

SCHOOLHOUSE GAP/CHESTNUT TOP (shuttle)

Distance: 6.5 miles

Rating: Moderate

Driving Time: 80 min.

Elevation gain: 800 ft. in 3.75 miles    Elevation loss: 1300 ft. in 2.75 miles

Leader: Bev Hawkins bevhawkins@aol.com 865-406-0297 

 

We will leave a car at the “Y” and continue 3.9 miles toward Cades Cove to the Schoolhouse Gap trailhead. 

This trail follows Spence Branch upstream for 1.1 miles and continues up to the Chestnut Top trail and the park 

boundary. We will have winter views of Turkeypen Ridge, the valley of the West Prong of the Little River and 

Thunderhead Mountain. 

Hike - Fort Loudon State Park - Fri., Dec.6, 2013

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2013
Depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Chota Center
NOTE CHANGE IN TIME FROM 8:00 to 10:00
 
FORT LOUDON STATE PARK
Distance:   Approx. 5 miles
Rating:    Easy
Driving Time:   .5 hour
Elevation gain:  Minimal
Leader:   Curt Sheldon  458-8510 (h)  850-1951 (c)    curtssheldon@gmail.com
 
This is a circle hike following the lake shore.  There should be nice winter views of the lake and mountains with the leaves off the trees.  The visitor center and the fort itself are also worthy of a visit after the hike.