A pleasant, high-altitude summer hike. From the trailhead at ~4650 ft. elevation, we walk up to Beetree Ridge (~5,000 ft.), follow it past the Kanati Fork Trail to Nettle Creek Bald, and descend to Tuskee Gap (~4,200 ft.). We climb another ridge, pass the junction with Sunkota Ridge (Mountains-to-Sea) Trail, turn left onto the Newton Bald Trail and stop at Campsite #52 for lunch. Return the same way. Hike: 10.2 miles, elevation gain ~2,050 ft., rated difficult.
Meet at Cracker Barrel off I-40 at Exit 398 (1510 Cracker Barrel Lane, parking lot, southeast corner), 7:00am, or at Thomas Divide Trail pullout parking on US 441, 8:30am. Drive 104 miles RT @ 10¢/mile=$10.40.
Leader: Eric Sundstrom
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592