For this hike, we will walk past the historic Mingus Mill, 2 cemeteries, and climb about 1500 ft. in 2.9 miles to the junction with Deeplow Gap. We will follow Deeplow Gap 2.4 miles along Cooper Creek to reach the junction with the Cooper Creek Trail. Some hikers may want to have lunch here and then return the same way for a RT hike of 10.6 miles (and total elevation gain of 2300 ft, rated Moderate). Others may want to continue up Deeplow Gap, climbing 500 ft. in 0.8 miles, to reach Little Creek Falls which cascades 95’ over hundreds of Thunderhead Sandstone shelves and spreads from 25’ to 40’ at the base. Returning the same way after lunch will result in a RT hike of 12.2 miles (and total elevation gain of 2800 ft, rated Moderately Difficult). If you are interested in carpooling, meet at Alcoa Food City at 7:30am (drive 130 miles RT @10 cents = $13.00); or meet at the Mingus Mill off Newfound Gap Road at 9:15am. The leader will meet the group at Mingus Mill, not the carpool site.
Leader: Pat Watts
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