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Fiery Gizzard

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Grundy Forest Natural Area near Tracy City, TN   Hike: Fiery Gizzard  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jan 12 2020  6:30 am >> Sun, Jan 12 2020 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Jan 10 2020 12:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 12 2020 6:15 am
Event Duration:13 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:14 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Eric P
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This event will consist of 2 "loops" with a short ~15 minute drive between them. The reason for this is that the trail is point to point but has loop options on both the north and south ends, additionally the middle section has several boring miles without much going on that we will skip to spend our time seeing the good stuff.

The trail doesn't have huge elevation gains but there are several steep ~300 ft climbs. The toughest sections of the hike are actually relatively flat but extremely rocky so having good balance is a must. Trekking poles also really come in handy for these parts.

With the predicted heavy rain on Saturday it is likely that there will be multiple, very easy, wet, less than knee deep crossings of creeks. The plus side of that is that all of the extra water really makes the waterfalls scattered all over this trail great. Please wear shoes and socks that will still do well when wet as we will not be stopping to take them off everytime we get to water. I highly recommend non-waterproof shoes that can drain/dry instead of goretex that will stay wet forever and some sort of wool or wool hybrid sock. 

We will start at Grundy Forest and do the "loop" to Raven's Point and back. We will also do a short out and back section just past Raven Point that sees 2 worthwhile falls before turning back. This "loop" is the longer part of the hike at 12.5 miles

We will then drive to Foster Falls and make a second loop including the base of the falls and a bit of the climbers access loop trail.  This loop is roughly 1.5 miles.  It finishes fairly flatly along the rim and should make for an easy end to the day.

Basic Map of the area:

Tracks from previous trips:
Loop 1:

Loop 2:

Required Items to Bring:

Appropriate clothing for the conditions




Extra clothes/shoes for the ride home

Cash for Carpool

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles

Water filter

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Fiery Gizzard Recreation Area

131 Fiery Gizzard Rd, Tracy City, TN 37387

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):274Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $109.60 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.



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