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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:Sun, Oct 10 2021  8:30 am >> Sun, Oct 10 2021 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Oct 5 2021 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 9 2021 7:41 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
Leigh B
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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: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Cumberland Trail is one of my favorite trails and is full of gorges, waterfalls, rivers, boulders and more! 


North Chickamauga Creek


This section 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 retrace our steps to complete our out and back adventure.

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


This is a 12 mile hike with 2500 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 feels like a D6 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 trailhead.


Required Items to Bring:



Water Shoes



Sense of adventure

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hazmat suit

How to Get There:
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We will meet at the trailhead at 8:30 EASTERN!

Trailhead Location


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):214Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $85.60 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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