Sat, Jul 13 2019 - Cohutta Mountain Loop Hike (View Original Event Details)|
|Participants:||Chuck R, Bob J, Ron Jacobs, Leigh B, Garrett A., AmyEvans, Debby, Mark P, Debbie G, Jim H|
We had 10 tough hikers for this event . Weather was cooperating with cool winds out of
the northwest and clear skies. We hit the trail after a good briefing.....Just a few steps
into the trail, we met the gate keeper... YUP - a rattlesnake!!
He ( or she) was on a shoulder high log extending only feet into the trail. I think after
we all knew what we were getting into. The trail gave us a ridge for several miles with
again some north winds. Our stops were mainly refueling and getting tick counts. There
were very few spots on the trail where we could get a brief break from the saw briars (
shoulder high ) with some blowdown. The trail showed lots of
maintenance... freshly sawed logs and rain
diversions. I guess the overall highlight was Jack's River. We had our lunch there also
with a refreshing swim. Finishing up the hike on Rough Ridge, with a sharp ascend for
most of the trail, we finally closed the Loop. I think for some of our hikers - the Rough
Ridge trail will be in Trail chatter for a long time. But honestly you just had to be there to
Our truck did experience some misfortune. We had a blowout just leaving the Trailhead
and we had to change the tire replacing it with a doughnut tire. Our speed was reduced
to a crawl with 10 miles of gravel road. I guess from now on when you are on a
Wilderness road or FSR it's best to caravan out. It used to be in the old hand book.
Overall everything went reasonably well.