For this classic Smokies hike, we will start at the entrance to Cades Cove loop road. This counter clockwise hike begins 0.5mi on Rich Mountain Loop Trail and then we turn right on Crooked Arm Ridge ascending for 2.1 mi. As we climb, weather permitting, there should be excellent views of Cades Cove, the Great Smokies main range, Dry Valley and Tuckaleechee Cove. At the next junction we turn left for 1.8 mi. on Indian Grave Gap Trail. We will have lunch on Cerulean Knob (3,686 ft. elev.) After lunch, we continue 0.8 mi. passing the Rich Mountain trail junction and will turn left rejoining the Rich Mountain Loop trail. We complete the loop descending 2.0 mi. on a rocky section of the Rich Mountain Loop Trail. We will visit the log cabin of John Oliver, one of the early settlers in Cades Cove and then continue 1.4mi to our starting point. Total 8.6 miles, 1,958 ft. elevation gain. Meet at Food City in Alcoa to leave at 8:00 am or at the entrance to Cades Cove loop road to begin hiking at 8:45 am. Drive 56 miles RT at $0.10 / mile = $5.60.
Leader: Larry Johnson
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