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Hiking Club

Wednesday Hike: Rich Mountain Loop/Crooked Arm Ridge/Indian Grave Gap

  • 01/10/2024
  • 9:00 AM
  • Cades Cove Loop Road Entrance


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

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For this popular loop hike, the trailhead is just off Cades Cove Loop Road near the entry gate. We follow the Rich Mountain Loop Trail clockwise, west to the historic John Oliver cabin (mile 1.4). After a brief stop, we go north along Martha's Branch and up Tater's Ridge to Indian Grave Gap Trail (mile 3.4). The junction offers nice views of Cade's Cove, weather permitting. We follow the ridgeline northeast, past the junction with Rich Mountain Trail (mile 4.2). We'll stop for lunch at Cerulean Knob (mile ~4.5, elevation 3,686 ft.) where the Rich Mountain Fire Tower once stood. After lunch we continue east on Indian Grave Gap Trail to Crooked Arm Ridge Trail at the junction with Scott Mountain Trail (mile 6). We descend along the ridge-top, past two overlooks and Crooked Arm Falls (mile 7.9) on the way to the junction with Rich Mountain Loop Trail (mile 8.2), and back to the trailhead. Total of 8.7 miles, with 1,958 ft. of climbing, rated Moderate. For carpooling, meet at Kroger, 244 S. Hall Rd., Alcoa (park at the side of the building, near the SE corner), in time to leave at 8:00 am. Drive 56 miles RT @7ยข = $3.92. Alternatively, meet near the entry gate of Cades Cove Loop Road, ready to hike at 9:00 am.

Leader: Eric Sundstrom

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

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Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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