This popular loop hike is a classic and one of the club’s favorite loop hikes. We will begin at the entrance of the Cades Cove Loop Road. We’ll approach the loop in a counterclockwise direction, starting with a short section on the Rich Mountain Loop Trail before bearing right onto the Crooked Arm Ridge Trail. We will have an uphill climb of about 1500 ft. (over 2 miles), where we’ll see Crooked Arm Falls along the way as well as outstanding views of Cades Cove. Then we will pick up the Indian Grave Gap Trail where we will be hiking a ridgeline offering views of Dry Valley and Townsend to the north. Next, we will start down the Rich Mountain Loop Trail, with a stop at the John Oliver Cabin before finishing the hike back at our cars. This hike is 8.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2000 ft., rated Moderate. For carpooling, meet at Kroger, 244 S Hall Road, Alcoa (park at the side of the building, near the SE corner), in time to leave at 8 a.m. Drive 56 miles RT @ 7 cents = $3.92 (round up to $4). Alternatively, meet near the entry gate at Cades Cove Loop Road, ready to hike at 9am.
Leaders: David C. Smith, Rik Robinson
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