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Smoky Mountains

Hiking Club

Rich Mountain Loop

  • 01/21/2023
  • 8:45 AM
  • Cades Cove Information Kiosk, GSMNP


  • For member hike registrations
  • For non-member hike registrations

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This is a favorite loop hike in the Smokies. We will make the loop in a clockwise direction, starting at the Cades Cove Information Kiosk and making our way down Rich Mountain Loop Trail. We’ll stop for a visit at the John Oliver Cabin before starting the climb to the intersection with the Indian Grave Gap Trail. We’ll follow this trail, enjoying views of the valley and a possible side trip to the site of the Rich Mountain fire tower (though the tower is no longer there). After our lunch break at Campsite 6 (on Scott Mountain Trail), we’ll then descend on the Crooked Arm Ridge trail to return to the Information Kiosk. Hike is 8.6 miles with a 2,000 ft. elevation gain, rated Moderate. Meet at Alcoa Food City at 8:00am. {drive: 60 miles RT @ 10¢/mile = $6.00} or at the Cades Cove Information Kiosk at 8:45am. The leader will meet the group at Cades Cove, not the carpool site.

Leader: Pat Watts

Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

PO Box 51592

Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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