Fiery Gizzard/Fall Colors overnighter

  • November 17, 2012 · 8:30 AM
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Let's go hike the famous Fiery Gizzard Trail, rated as one of the top hikes in the USA. I just spoke with the Park Manager today (Monday) and he says the maple trees are at their peak color and better than any recent year.

We'll start at the "Tracy City trailhead" and hike approximately 5 miles on Saturday and camp near Ravens Point. Then Sunday we'll hike the 8 miles out to the Foster Falls trailhead. Both days have interesting features, nice streams (AND waterfalls), huge trees, and scenic, pictorial views.

This is a great "beginners" hike, while still being challenging and fun enough for experienced backpackers.

The weather forecast is mostly-to-partly SUNNY with mild-to-cool temperatures. GREAT for hiking.  Keep your fingers crossed for a clear beautiful view of sunset over the valley, from Ravens Point!

Fiery Gizzard is close enough that this will be a quick two-day trip. PDF trail map link --
http://www.friendsofscsra.org/downloads/fiery-gizzard-trail-map-2008-june.pdf
The Fiery Gizzard is part of the South Cumberland State Park --
http://www.tn.gov/environment/parks/SouthCumberland/

Questions? Suggestions?  This hike is filling up fast.  If it shows "full," but someone else is still interested, just call or shoot me an email.
Raymond 'Rain Man' Myers

P.S.  Please do NOT "RSVP" merely to say "no."  That's a nuisance for those who have to wade through all the notifications.  THANKS!

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  • Greg

    Good company, scenery and weather. Great weekend!

    November 20, 2012

  • Raymond M.

    Carolyn, I'd estimate a mile an hour pace from Tracy City trailhead to the Raven Point campsite, then about two miles an hour from the campsite to Foster Falls.

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    All 5 stars. Great trail, camp and group. Group meal and fireside gathering was lively :)

    November 19, 2012

  • Matt M

    This is a great hike. Personally I would recommend starting at Tracy City and hiking south. This is the direction we went. I say this only because where the trail descends and then ascends Laurel Gorge can be a bit treacherous (I wouldn't want to do it in the dark for sure) and is probably best done in that direction. The view of the falls is also a nice reward after the hike.

    November 19, 2012

  • Raymond M.

    There are reasons this is one of the most famous ... and challenging ... trails in the country. We had GREAT weather, fun hikers, and a good time!

    November 19, 2012

  • Carolyn W.

    How was this hike?! I was just talking to the park ranger there today asking about details...! I plan to do this as an overnight next week- Would you recommend starting at the Foster falls trailhead or Tracy city?

    November 18, 2012

  • Jennifer P.

    I will be bringing Ron's bratwursts

    November 17, 2012

  • Raymond M.

    Looks like most (all?) folks want to join in on a communal meal on Saturday evening, as in roasting brats over a campfire. I'll coordinate who brings what, but feel free to speak up if you have a contribution in mind. Usually the list is something like this: brats, buns, onions & peppers & butter (to saute') and condiments, baked beans, potato salad, chips, and dessert.

    November 14, 2012

  • Raymond M.

    May you say "maybe," Faith? I think you just did! Here's hoping you'll get well soon and can join us. If so, just RSVP at that time. Also, if you need to borrow or share gear or have any questions, feel free to speak up. The Fiery Gizzard was also the first over-nighter for me and my wife, and it's a great one for that. RM

    November 12, 2012

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