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|Event Location:||Grundy Forest Natural Area near Tracy City, TN|
|Date(s) & Time:||Tue, Jun 1 2021 9:30 am >> Tue, Jun 1 2021 4:30 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, May 26 2021 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Mon, May 31 2021 7:07 pm|
|Event Duration:||7 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult (Exploratory)|
|Trip Leader(s):||Leigh B|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
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.
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Special thanks to Eric P for the route and write up details.
One of America's top 25 ICONIC HIKES!
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.
Bring your water shoes as there is a bridge out and we have to cross a river. Also it is possible that there will be multiple, very easy, wet, crossings of creeks and depending upon recent rain or not, we may be able to rock hop. The plus side of that water really means waterfalls which are scattered all over this trail. This time of year we should be able to rock hop most of the creeks but you may want to consider shoes that drain well.
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: https://tnstateparks.com/assets/pdf/additional-content/so-cumberland-fiery-gizzard-map.pdf
Tracks from previous trips:
|How to Get There:|
In google maps or waze you can search for
Fiery Gizzard Recreation Area
131 Fiery Gizzard Rd, Tracy City, TN 37387
its a long drive, but well worth it. All times listed are in the EASTERN time zone, the hike is in the CENTRAL time zone.
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