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Off Trail Hike: Kuwahi Scar and Rattler Branch

  • 05/14/2022

Registration

  • For member hike registrations
  • For non-member hike registrations

From the misty top of the Smokies we shall depart the AT at 6600 feet, just behind the Clingmans Dome Tower, into the breathtaking Kuwahi landslide scar for a challenging, rocky descent into the Kuwahi Branch watershed. After intercepting the Little River and continuing to just within eyeshot of Campsite 30, we will make a slight rhodo thrash to Grouse Creek and turn southbound again - finding the mouth of Rattler Branch in a half mile or so, thus commencing a stupendous creek-hop up the mountain along Rattler where there are several beautiful cascade sequences and impressive waterfalls to behold. After a mere 3000 feet of elevation gain, we once again find the AT at 6200 feet, just west of Mount Buckley. Hike is rated very difficult with ~6 miles off-trail. Due to high difficulty level, treacherous nature and length of this hike, limited spots are available and previous off-trail experience is strictly required. Please contact trip leader to get details, including meeting time and place.

Leaders: Todd Long and Kindel Page

To register, contact Kindel Page directly via email. You can find her contact information in the May 2022 newsletter writeup for this hike.

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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