Hike leader: James Anderson. Rating: moderate. Length: 6 miles.
This is a moderate hike all around. It is about 3 miles in and 3 miles out, for a total of 6 miles, with about[masked] feet of elevation change. The pace will be moderate as well. The only place where it is steep is right at the top, and that is only for about 150 yards or so. The trail is a bit rocky in places, so it is advised to bring hiking poles.
This hike offers some nice views off to the west. You can clearly see the town of Etowah, and on a clear day you can see the steam from the cooling towers of the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant as well as the Cumberland Plateau. This trail and the Gee Creek Trail both begin at the same trailhead just north of the Hiawassee River, near Delano.
We will meet at the trailhead at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. However, we will also be meeting at some place in Cleveland for anyone who wants to carpool from Cleveland. I highly encourage anyone who plans to go to touch base with hike leader James Anderson beforehand. His cell number is[masked]. If the weather is iffy it may be cancelled, so he will need to know how to contact you. Bring your lunch or a snack as we hope to enjoy a lunch with a view at the top. Who knows, we might also see some wildflowers if it warms up by then!