Saturday is a shade over 5 tough miles. The descent into the gorge is brutally rocky for the first mile (though it really doesn't descend much in that time. It then continues on with moderate rocks for another mile or so. Then you have small ups and down until you hit Historic Stagecoach Trail. This is a rocky climb of about 900 feet over 1.8 miles. At the next intersection, it is a mostly level mile to the camp.
Sunday is a mostly level day with maybe 6 miles walking out, the easiest of all the days.
If your frame of reference is the Signal Mountain area of the Cumberland Trail, to do the walk up from the gorge to the top about 4 times and that is your Saturday climb. But my opinion is that the climb is no more taxing than the rock scramble down into the gorge. That actually wears on me at least as badly.
Give me some ideas of how much you hike now, and I can give you an idea of what this hike will feel like for you. I live right up the road in Ooltewah and know all the regional trails, so I could probably give you some ideas for training.
At this point, I am committing to an early Friday arrival (prior to 8 AM) and hiking the full route.
Looks to be shaping up...
I look forward to seeing Roche, Rayn and Spamburgler adding their names to the list...Two Sticks? Already 10 in with a maybe!
I have a trip planned in Feb with a client to the Savage Gulf, I would love to make this one too. Need to check the calendar.
Put me in as a " Maybe " ,,, We have the Spring Cub and Family at the end of March and will take some persuading of HH6 to let me out twice in one month...
I'm planning on attending
hi everyone, went out on a day hike at fiery gizzard today and ran into two guys going light cuban light. chit chat chit chat and hammocks chit chat. it was ftroop. whats up detail man , medicine man and emcee.. i guess i'll see some of you in florida small world.. peace
chuck! Good to hear from you...wont see us in Fl. couldn't get it in the schedule this round :(
Emcee--woohoo you're coming.
Ftroop-since you have become the trip leader, are we going to run into quota problems with the Savage officials?