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Chattanooga: Signal Point, Edwards Point and Mushroom Rock
|Event Location:||Signal Point National Park, TN|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Jun 29 2013 11:00 am >> Sat, Jun 29 2013 7:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Tue, Jun 18 2013 10:30 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Jun 28 2013 8:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||8 Hours (13 hrs with drive time and dinner)|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||John Weatherman|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||16|
|Minimum Group Size:||4|
|Number Registered So Far:||14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
This is an out and back hike mainly along the top of the gorge above the Tennessee River. The strenuous sections are short, but there are several miles of rocky footing along the sides of some of the branch gorges. We will have several spots with outstanding views of the gorges, the Tennessee River and Chattanooga. We also have some rock formations, nice streams and waterfalls, and a couple of swinging bridges.
We start at Signal Point, at the beginning of the Cumberland Trail, which goes from there all the way to the Cumberland Gap where TN, KY and VA meet. We go up the Middle Creek gorge for a just over a mile, descend, cross and come back the other side. There we will stop for lunch at Edwards Point, which is a big flat rock over the Tennessee River where we can look back across to Signal Point where we started.
Then we go along the top of the Suck Creek gorge for just over three miles to Mushroom Rock. We descend from there for a half mile to visit the 225 foot long swinging bridge over North Suck Creek. This is our turn around point and we go back the way we came.
We will go at a moderate pace, and fast hikers should be aware that there will be mandatory stops where we will wait for the slower people. That said, this is by no means an easy hike, and the trip leaders may remove people who do not have recent D-5 experience.
After the hike we will have dinner at the India Mahal Restaurant on Brainerd Rd in Chattanooga.
This is an all day event. The targeted time to be back at the park and ride is 10 PM, but this cannot be guaranteed.
|How to Get There:|
Use 100 Signal Point Rd, Signal Mtn TN 37377 if you have a GPS.
Your destination is Signal Point National Park in the town of Signal Mountain, TN
Go North on I-75 (crossing into TN) for 85 miles.
Merge left onto I-24 West at Exit 2 toward Chattanooga.
After six miles merge right onto US-27 North at exit 178 toward Downtown.
After four miles merge onto Signal Mtn Rd US-127 North toward Signal Mtn.
Make a pit stop at the Burger King about a half mile on the right at 676 Signal Mtn Rd, Chattanooga.
After another half mile or so turn slightly left onto Signal Mtn Blvd to stay on US-127 North. This is the road that will take us up the mountain to the town of Signal Mountain.
After one mile make a hard left off of US-127 North to stay on Signal Mountain Blvd.
Following the signs to Signal Point National Park, stay on Signal Mtn Blvd for about a mile as it winds thru the town of Signal Mountain until it becomes Signal Point Road, at the end of which, you will find the parking lot.
On the way back, if you have a GPS, use 5970 Brainard Rd, Chattanooga 37421 for the India Mahal Restaurant.
If not, follow the same directions back, but after about five miles on I-24 East take Exit 184, Moore Rd.
At the bottom of the ramp turn left and go a few blocks to Brainard Rd, where you turn right.
Go a couple of miles on Brainard and you will see the India Mahal Restaurant on the right.
When you leave there, just go back the way you came on Brainard and Moore Rd’s to I-24 East and on back to the park and ride the way we came.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||103Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||9:00 am|
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Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $41.20 (calculated at total miles (103) * $0.400, effective Thursday, April 24, 2014). This is based on the current gas, maintenance, and other costs of $0.400 per mile as stated by the IRS & Cars.com. This should be divided by the total number of people in the vehicle (incl driver).|
For example: With 4 people in the vehicle, the expense per person on this trip would be $10.30. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.
Additional advice: The cost of your trip is up to your driver. Your cost should not be greater than what is listed above, unless there is extenuating circumstances. If you want to be sure about the cost of the trip, check with your driver before you get into the vehicle. If you are the driver of the vehicle, this is a guideline to what you charge and not a rule.
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