Cumberland Trail - North Chickamauga Creek - Sat, Oct 24 2020

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Cumberland Trail - North Chickamauga Creek

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Soddy Daisy, Tn   Hike: Cumberland Trail - North Chickamauga Creek  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 24 2020  8:30 am >> Sat, Oct 24 2020 4:15 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:02 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 23 2020 8:47 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:14 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


The Braves are not in the World Series, no late nights watching baseball and we can hike on Saturday morning!

This section of my favorite trail is filled with difficult terrain, waterfalls, gorges, rapids, creek crossings and awesome vistas.


If you are looking for a hike on an iconic trail with tons of cool stuff to see, this is your hike! We will be stopping at all points of interest for picture taking and high hilarity. This is an out and back hike.


We will be starting at Montlake Trailhead and head north. We will head to the Boston Branch Overlook followed by a steep descent to the Stenenson Branch Falls. After the falls we will hike along the bottom of the Cooper Creek Gorge where we can see waterfalls, plunge pools and steep cliffs. We ascend out of the gorge and shortly reach the Panther Branch Overlook. Here we will stop for lunch and enjoy the best views of the day. After lunch, we will go a little further to the old Jeep Road where we will turn around and retrace our steps to complete our out and back adventure.


We will be fording one creek with water levels expected to be ankle-knee deep, you should bring water shoes for the crossing or be prepared to hike with wet feet.

This is a 14 mile hike with 3500 feet of ascent. Some of the terrain is steep and difficult, the hardest ascent of the hike occurs at the 10 mile point. Don't be fooled by the fairly pedestrian numbers for this hike. It is REALLY difficult. This hike earns its' D6 rating due to the extremely steep and rocky terrain.


You must have recent D5/D6 experience, be comfortable with a pace on the fast side of moderate and be prepared for difficult terrain to participate in this event.


There are no bathrooms at the trail head. 

Required Items to Bring:



Water Shoes



Sense of adventure

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Hazmat suit

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We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30 EASTERN.

Trailhead Location



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