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Hike - John Muir & Benton MacKaye Trail - Wed., Feb.27, 2013

 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota (Cooper) Visitor Center
 
JOHN MUIR & BENTON MacKAYE TRAIL
Distance:   8 miles (car shuttle)
Elevation Gain:   700 feet
Rating:    Moderate with some difficult  sections
Driving time:  1+ hours
Parking Fee:   $3.00 
Leader:    Jim Marotta    865-657-9987   dianeandjim71@hotmail.com
 
This hike covers a section of the trail traveled by John Muir in 1857 as he made his way from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico and then a section of trail named for Benton MacKaye.  The first part of the hike follows a trail sandwiched between the Hiwassee  River and some impressive rock formations, which are much more visible now than they are in the summer.  Then we will climb the bluffs overlooking the Hiwassee River for some impressive views of the river.  We will stop along the trail for lunch.
 
Warnings:  We may have to do a stream crossing (6-8 inches deep) so water shoes and a towel are strongly recommended.  Also the Benton MacKaye trail is not well maintained so we will have to climb over and under a number of trees.

Hike - Rock House & Ogle Cemetery (off trail) - Fri., Feb. 8, 2013

 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2013
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Chota (Cooper) Visitor Center
 
TRAIL TO THE ROCK HOUSE
Distance:    Approx. 6 miles
Elevation Gain:  Approx. 500 feet   
Rating:   Moderate
Driving Time:  1.5 hours
Leader:   Bev Hawkins    865-406-0297   bevhawkins@aol.com
 
We will hike from Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Rock House, which is off trail from Old Sugarlands Trail.  There is one substantial creek crossing just before we reach the Rock House.  Be sure to bring your  poles.  On the way back we will visit the Ogle Cemetery, one of the largest in the park, and where the CCC camp was for the Sugarlands area.  Lunch will be in Gatlinburg at the Best Little Italian Restaurant.

Hike - Halls Bend Trail - Fri., Jan.25, 2013 (Cancelled because bad weather is expected)

 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from Chota Center (across from Marathon station)
 
HALL’S BEND (Boy Scout) Trail
Distance:   6 mile loop trail
Elevation Gain: Several steep hills   
Rating:  Easy
Driving Time:   10 minutes 
Leader:   Jim Jeswald,  657-3066   jmjes711@gmail.com  

Hike - House Mountain - Wed., Dec.5, 2012

 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Depart at 8:00 am from the Cooper Visitors Center
 
House Mountain (1 hour 10 minute drive)
Distance: Approximately 4 miles
Elevation Gain: Approximately 1000 ft.
Rating: Moderate
Leaders:    Bob Kutschera    408-3092     bkkutch@yahoo.com             

The steep slopes of House Mountain are heavily wooded and possess a unique combination of scenic views, rock outcrops, and a variety of bird and plant life.  The 2,100-foot crest of House Mountain provides significant vistas where visitors may scan the parallel ranges of the Unakas and Cumberlands some 30 miles away, or look northeast at the adjacent Clinch Mountain.

Hike - Laurel Falls parking to Metcalf Bottoms picnic area - Fri., Nov.16, 2012

 
Friday November 16, 2012
Depart at 8:00 AM from the Chota Center
opposite the Marathon Station
 
Hike: Laurel Falls Parking to Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area
Distance: 7.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 2000 Ft
Rating: Moderate
Activities:  Hiking, photography
Leader: Bob Stewart rlsmks@gmail.com 458-3727

Hike - Beech Gap to Cherry Log Gap - Wed., Nov.7, 2012 (Cancelled because bad weather is expected)

 
Wednesday November 7, 2012
Depart at 8 A.M. from the Visitors Center
 
Beech Gap to Cherry Log Gap
Distance: Approximately 5.0 miles (one way)
Rating: Easy to Moderate
Driving Time: 1.5 Hours
Leader: Phil Baker 408-2410

Wilderness Wildlife Week - Sugarlands/Twin Creeks Trail Hike Jan.16, 2013

 
Wilderness Wildlife Week and Sugarlands/Twin Creeks Trail Hike
January 12th through 19th, 2013
Fellow Hikers:
For those who wish to stay at the Red Roof Inn, Pigeon Forge, http://www.redroofinn-pigeonforge.com/, please call the hotel directly 865 908-6633 and inform them that you are with the Tellico Village Hiking Club. We have a rate of $29 + tax per night for the nights of Wilderness Week.
A social will take place in the Breakfast Room of the Red Roof Inn on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5:00 PM. If you wish to participate, please bring an appetizer and libation of choice. Assuming that the brewery next door will have their half price pizza night Tuesday evening, you can join us for dinner there or dine at anyone of the other great choices available in the area.
Our signature hike for Wednesday January 16th is described below.  Another hike may be planned for Thursday January 17th.  Of course you can hike any of the Wilderness Week hikes planned for that week. http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events_winterfest_wilderness.aspx
Please contact Dolly Garnett dandbgarnett@charter.net for details and please let us know if and for which dates you have booked a room at the hotel.

Hike - Rich Mountain Loop - Fri., Oct.26, 2012

 
FRIDAY, October 26, 2012
Depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center (NOTE DIFFERENT DEPARTURE TIME)
 
RICH MOUNTAIN LOOP
Distance:   8.5 Miles 
Rating:    Moderate
Elevation Gain:   1750 feet
Driving time:  1-1/2 hours
Leader:   Terry Nyenhuis   865-206-9476    terrynyenhuis@gmail.com    
This is a loop hike combining three trails (Crooked Arm Ridge, Indian Grave Gap, & Rich Mountain Loop) and hiking along the ridge on the north side of Cades Cove.  The hike begins near the entrance to Cades Cove.  There are outstanding views of Cades Cove and Tuckaleechee Cove.  We will pass and visit the John Oliver cabin.  The fall color views should be magnificent.

Hike - Huckleberry Bald & Indian Boundary Lake - Wed., Oct.10, 2012

 
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
 
HUCKLEBERRY BALD 
Distance:   2.5 miles  R/T
Rating:  Easy
Driving Time:   1-1/2 hrs.
Leader:   Bob Kutschera  408-3092   bkkutch@yahoo.com
Huckleberry Bald is an in and out hike just off the Cherohala Skyway.  This short trail leads up a gradual slope through a thicket of dwarfed trees and shrubs to the bald above.  The bald (mountain top) rests in a sea of high grass overlooking the surrounding mountains, foliage and deep valleys.  It is a magnificent viewing area at 5,000+ feet.
 
INDIAN BOUNDARY LAKE (alternate for Falls Branch Falls)
Distance:   3.6 mile loop
Rating:  Easy
Indian Boundary is a 100 acre lake just off the Cherohala Skyway.  The path follows the shoreline of the lake and the combination of this hike and the magnificent vistas from Huckleberry Bald both on the Cherohala Skyway will make a wonderful day on the trails. 

Hike - Piney River, Bowater Pocket Wilderness - Fri., Sept.28, 2012

 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
 
PINEY RIVER, BOWATER POCKET WILDERNESS
Distance:   10 miles
Rating:    Moderate
Driving time:  1 hour
Leader:   Dolly Garnett   408-2547    dandbgarnett@charter.net    

Hike - Old Sugarlands / Twin Creek Trail - Wed., Sept.19, 2012

 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
Depart at 7:45 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
 
OLD SUGARLANDS/LUNCH IN GATLINBURG/TWIN CREEK TRAIL
Distance:   10 miles
Elevation Gain:  Approx. 1100 feet
Rating:  Moderate
Driving Time:   1 hr. 30 min.
Leader:   Bev Hawkins    406-0297    bevhawkins@aol.com

Hike - Jackson Bend Branch, East Lakeshore Trail - Wed., Sept.12, 2012

 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
 
JACKSON BEND BRANCH, EAST LAKESHORE TRAIL
Distance:   Approx. 5 miles
Elevation Gain:  Several 100 foot hills   
Rating:  Moderate   
Driving Time:   20 minutes 
Leader:   Bob Kutschera  408-3092   bkkutch@yahoo.com

Hike - Roundtop Trail - Fri., Aug.24, 2012

 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
ROUNDTOP TRAIL
Distance:   Approx. 7.6 miles
Rating:    Moderate
Driving time:  1 hr. 75 min. (including setting up shuttle)
Elevation Gain:   800 feet of elevation gain and 1400 feet of elevation loss
Leader:    Curt Sheldon   865-458-8510    curt_sheldon@bellsouth.net

Hike - Meigs Creek Trail - Wed., Aug.8, 2012

 
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
 
MEIGS CREEK TRAIL
Distance:   Approx. 6 miles
Rating:  Easy to Moderate
Driving Time:  1.5 hours
Elevation Gain:   800 feet
Leader:  Phil Baker  865-408-2410    philbaker@charter.net

Boat & Hike - Lakeshore Trail & Fontana Dam - Fri., July 27, 2012

 
FRIDAY,  JULY 27, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
BOAT TO  LAKESHORE TRAIL, CAMPSITE 86,  HIKE TO FONTANA DAM,
SHUTTLE BACK TO FONTANA MARINA
Distance:    10 miles
Rating:    Moderate
Elevation Gain:    Approx.  700 feet
Rating:    Moderate
Driving time:  1.5 hours
Leader:   Bev Hawkins   865-406-0297   bevhawkins@aol.com

Hike - Mt.LeConte - Wed., July 11, 2012

 
WEDNESDAY,  JULY 11, 2012
Depart at 7:30 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor, (NOTE THE EARLIER DEPARTING TIME)
MT. LeCONTE (Rainbow Falls to Bullhead)
Distance:    13.8 miles
Rating:  Very Strenuous
Elevation Gain:   3993 feet
Driving Time:  1.75 hours
Leader:  Hamish de Wilde   860-716-4016    signal530@gmail.com

Hike - Charlie's Bunion - Fri., June 29, 2012

 
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
 
CHARLIE’S BUNION
Distance:   8.1 miles
Elevation Gain:   1640 feet
Rating:    Difficult, especially in hot weather
Driving time:  Approx. 2 hours 
Leader:    Hamish deWild     (860-716-4016)    signal530@gmail.com

Hike-Middle Prong to Indian Flats Falls-Wed., June 13, 2012

 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 201
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
 
MIDDLE PRONG TO INDIAN FLATS FALLS
Distance:   5 to 8.2 miles (depending on when you turn around)
Elevation Gain:    1000 feet (gradual)
Rating:   Easy
Driving Time:  1.25 hours
Leader:   Larry Peck  (408-1677)   jhp7oaks@aol.com

Hike - Frozen Head State Park - Fri., May 25, 2012

 
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012
Depart at 8:00 a.m. from the Cooper Visitor Center
FROZEN HEAD STATE PARK
Distance:   Approx. 7 miles
Elevation Gain:   Approx. 1600 feet
Rating:    Moderate
Driving time:  1 hr. 15 min.
Leader:   Jim Jeswald   865-657-3066   jmjes711@gmail.com