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Rich Mountain Loop Trail

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Rich Mountain Loop Trail ist ein 8.3 Meilen langer, wenig besuchter Rundweg in der Nähe von Townsend, Tennessee. Er führt durch schönen Wald, vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt einen Wasserfall und schöne Wildblumen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist am besten von März bis Oktober zugänglich. Pferde sind auf diesem Weg erlaubt.

Entfernung: 8.3 miles Höhenunterschied: 1,991 feet Routentyp: Rundweg

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Rich Mountain Loop Trail is a great way to enjoy Cades Cove without the crowds. The trail starts at the beginning of the Loop Road, skirts the edge of some fields before reaching the John Oliver Cabin. It then climbs toward the crest of Rich Mountain then continues on to Indian Grave Gap Trail and Crooked Arm Ridge Trail. It's a good place to see deer and the occasional black bear.

wandern
21 days ago

Lots of blow down, beautiful hike for the last day of Cades Cove being open for the 2019 season. Dusting of snow made for a cold hike but incredible views. Had lunch at the cabin prior to my return hike.

wandern
schnee
steinig
2 months ago

Hiked this one 3 days ago right after a snowfall. Absolutely amazing trail and will definitely hike this one again. I agree with the review below - this one is rated as moderate but at the harder end of that rating. Long steady inclines without much reprieve. Once you’re on the ridge of the mountains, there are more level paths. The way back down was easy for me, but without proper hiking boots you may find this trail to be dangerous at times. We hiked in the snow and my partner fell a few times, even while wearing work boots with decent grip. I’m glad I had my hiking boots! If you love Cades Cove and it’s history, this is a cool trail. Multiple breathtaking views of the cove and other valleys. Even with tufts of smoky haze cutting through our trail and views, it was still an inspiring hike. Saw one massive grey Coyote up near the peak, but of course he was more wary of us than we of him. Once you reach the top, you would have climbed about 1600 feet! I used a guidebook for this trail, and it came in handy as some of the trail splits are confusing. I recommend taking a right at the first split. Stay on paths that say “loop”. Beginning your descent, you’ll come to a split that says “rich mt loop” and “rich mountain road”. If you have time, see the summit by taking Rich Mt road. If you’re short on time like we were, stay straight and take the loop. We somehow did this trail in about 3.5 or 4 hours, but I wish we started earlier to take more breaks and enjoy it. We both are in decent shape and walked at a fast pace on this one with few and brief breaks. Seeing it in winter was amazing! Looking to do this one again in late spring.

wandern
2 months ago

We've hiked it twice, once in May (counter-clockwise) and again this November (clockwise). Spring is the best time due to the numerous wildflowers blooming along the trail. As for moderate, I would say it's at the top end of moderate. You will climb steadily for a good period of time. Once on the ridge, you can relax some while walking, but you eventually have to go downhill. We started about 11:30AM this last time and felt rushed to finish before dark. We had about 30 minutes to spare as it began to get pretty dark at 5.

wandern
2 months ago

We hiked this on 10/29/19. We hiked the whole loop in about 4 1/2 hours. We saw 1 bear and 1 buck along the way. Be prepared for some long inclines. Once you reach the top the view is beautiful. Watch your step there are a lot of rocky and root spots in the trail going up and coming down.

wandern
steinig
3 months ago

An enjoyable hike, but the most challenging I've had to date. I've just started hiking again and I'm no spring chicken so I discovered muscles I've forgotten on the climb and descent. We went clockwise, and for me I think that was a wise choice after descending the other side! The weather was just perfect, a little chilly in the morning warming up to the high 60's by the afternoon. We had our first black bear sighting and had 3 deer walk right by us just up the trail from John Oliver's cabin. Lots of rock, and this time of year Acorns all over the place which can make for some fun times. We went up and enjoyed the view where the fire tower once was, great place for a break about half way through. Enjoyable day!

wandern
3 months ago

Hiked this trail September 28, 2019 starting at John Oliver cabin and finished there. Went the counter-clockwise route. I appreciate the strenuousness of the trail. Took 6 hours for me and saw no one while hiking it. Ran into a 12 point white tail, half a dozen does and had the experience of walking up on a mother bear and two cubs. Was about 50 feet from them (they were hidden in the underbrush pretty well eating chestnuts like they were marshmallows). I froze, they saw me and just kept eating. No signs of alarm from them. So......I just stood there for over 20 minutes watching them in their environment do what they do. Got great pictures and video. Yes, I carry a firearm when hiking, more to protect myself from two legged predators than four legged ones. They were so interested in eating and so not interested in me that I never drew the gun. Eventually, mom looked at me, stared me eye to eye, turned around and the young ones followed. Was an absolute perfect end to the hike as it occurred about a half mile from the cabin at the finish if the hike. The trail is quite steep in portions. You cross several creek beds that might be a problem if there was any water rushing thru them. Beautiful old growth forest views. A number of places just to pull up, sit a bit and enjoy being in the middle of nowhere by yourself. Nothing is quieter than a forest when you are the only one listening to it. I would recommend this trail to hikers in the moderate to experienced level. Of course anyone can hike it but as your first one, it might turn you off to doing others.

aufgezeichnet Recording - Sep 08, 05:52 PM

wandern
käfer
4 months ago

We went clockwise. Only saw a few people. There are some views on the ridge (Indian Gap trail). Found chestnuts on the trail about 1.5 miles up. So when I mentioned the Chestnuts to a ranger, he said that was not possible. He mentioned it was the Chinkapin tree which is a much shorter relative with a smaller nut. I actually saw the tree catkins first. The tree was (30 -50 high). We ate the nuts they were not small they were normal chestnut size. unfortunately, I could not see details of leaf or husks. Although the nut was sweet.

wandern
4 months ago

Its a decent trail without many people on it. However there is a lot of uphill without many views at all.

wandern
5 months ago

we rode horses. I would say more hatd then moderate. steep 3 miles up. morrow in places. Rocky. not for novice riders or skittish horse. we enjoyed it but it was hard.

wandern
steinig
überwachsen
5 months ago

Solitude and Shade. It's always nice to find a loop so that every mile of your hike is new, avoiding the potentially boring retracing of ones steps. However, this loop may not be the one you're looking for, depending on the time of year, or the condition of your ankles and knees. If I'd hiked this in fall or spring, I would give it 4 or 5 stars. But in the summer, this loop is a long, steep journey up and over a mountain with few visual rewards and several natural risks. Our group began on Crooked Arm Ridge, taking the loop counter-clockwise. For 3 miles, the trail is a relentless staircase. One of my group members pointed out poison ivy encroaching on the trail. As you climb, there will be brief peeks through the trees into Cades Cove, but nothing worth whipping out your camera. This cover is a blessing and a curse - the entire hike we were well shaded from the August sun; but we never got a clear look down into the Cove, which is the loop's obvious selling point. Atop Scott Mountain on the Indian Grave Gap Trail, the path levels off for an easier stroll atop the ridge. Here is where you'll find your best chance to snap a good picture and gasp in awe of the height you've attained - but it will be to the north, not south into the Cove. It won't be long, though, before you begin your descent and the trail gets incredibly steep. I'm not sure if I would have rather come up Rich Mountain Loop Trail or not, but going down it was slow, painstaking, and at times scary. We checked our pace to accomodate party members with knee concerns. Before long you'll reach the cabin, an obvious highlight, but hardly a replacement for a great view atop a mountain you've labored to climb. Again, this won't be the case in fall or spring, but I'm reviewing the trail for when I climbed it. Once you've stopped to explore the cabin, return to the trail back into the woods for a gentle up-and-down stroll through a beautiful, wide-open forest. Here may be one of your best chances chances to spot wildlife, including horses from the park stable. Overall, beware of poison ivy and steep hillsides when considering this hike. Plan your trip for a time when leaves won't block your views, and perhaps you'll reap some visual rewards for all your hard work.

wandern
6 months ago

Hiked this trail only to the John Oliver Cabin, then took the Loop Road back to the start. Very nicely maintained trail, with forest scenery. Saw evidence of bear scat along the trail...be aware....didn't see any bears however. The views beyond the John Oliver cabin are awesome.

aufgezeichnet Recording - Jun 28, 12:45 PM

wandern
6 months ago

Like others said, no big views. A disappointment. We started at 8:30am, and the big situation was okay. Big highlight : saw three bears.

wandern
käfer
steinig
7 months ago

We hiked it on Sunday June 16, 2019. Just a so-so trail. Taking the trail clockwise, the John Oliver place was neat and the solitude of the trail was nice as we saw only one other hiker. But there were lots of bugs and not much to see as the forest understory blocked out all the views. We did see a few rhododendrons and azaleas in bloom. But overall I think this hike might be best in the fall or winter when the leaves were off the trees so you could see the views particularly those of Cades Cove.

wandern
käfer
steinig
überwachsen
7 months ago

I went counterclockwise starting around 8am. It was all uphill for about 3 miles. If you are looking for solitude in the woods, this is the trail. I am across one person on the trail coming the opposite way. All of the views talked about were blocked by the trees and overgrowth. Tons of bugs! I went after days of rain and all of the streams mentioned in the book were still dry. I finished around 1pm. The downhill was tough on my knees.

wandern
7 months ago

Great loop trail. We did it clockwise on the last day of May. Shade the entire trip. Fairly steep climb for three miles but the views afforded by the ridge trail at top made the climb worth the effort. Had to dodge several piles of horse droppings but never encountered a horse. Muddy in a few places and contended with annoying bugs at the lower 500 feet of elevation. We left at 7:00 am and only saw one other hiker until we were a mile from the end.

wandern
7 months ago

We went counterclockwise and would rate the loop on the upper end of moderate. It’s a solid uphill climb for the first couple miles. This is a great hike to do if you’re looking for solitude and just want to be outdoors. There are a couple spots with a great long-range view but otherwise the view is blocked by trees, not that’s a bad thing, but you’re not going to be looking at a lot. It was pretty buggy, you’ll definitely want bug repellant.

wandern
8 months ago

Warm, lots of gnats/flies, need repellant or face net. Trail is excellent! Beautiful views. Recommend going counterclockwise to reach the ridge early then enjoy the slow decline on return. Many creeks and wildlife along the way. At a leisurely pace completed 11miles from a distant car park and back in about 5.5 hours.

wandern
8 months ago

This trail is a good workout with nice views and a variety of wildflowers. We hiked counter-clockwise, as the first couple of miles in that direction are fairly steep, best ascended rather than descended. As for negatives, much of the Crooked Arm Trail section is rather eroded, with washed out shale and clay trails. However, once you get to the top, the trail is in much better shape, views are good, and wildflowers are much more plentiful. All-in-all, it’s a nice hike.

wandern
schlammig
9 months ago

This was the first time our family went on this hike, and one of our favorites. The views of Cades Cove and of Townsend, TN were phenominal on this clear, low humidity day. The ground was a bit muddy at places all along the lower parts of the trail, and we had to ford numerous streams by walking across stones others' had placed, but nothing deep or difficult. A small waterfall near the beginning of the trail made a nice pausing point to enjoy some snacks and rest. The highlight of the trail was walking the ridgeline along the Indian Grave Gap Trail and seeing out across the valley to the small town of Townsend. It really helped that the weather was nice today. I highly recommend this hike for anyone looking for a lightly traveled, scenic hike. I give it 5 stars despite the mud.

wandern
sturmholz
9 months ago

Hiked this trail for the first time. The ranger at the gate gave us a map and explained the elevation gain going counter clockwise vs clockwise. We choose counter clockwise and I’m glad we did. The first 2.2 miles is pretty steep but we are slow hikers (no problem). Great views at the top and we were so glad we did the short climb and had the last 5 or 6 miles downhill. Saw several deer at the trailhead.

9 months ago

this trail was coolgeluar. just waslizzied up in the tall grass, and had another cool excursion this weekend..... super easy trail though, it doesn't matter if you go right, or left on the elevation just send it and you're good. has mediocre river views, and mountain views but you get both so it's like a 3.5 but I'm a glass half full kinda guy (:

wandern
9 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the area. I saw so much wildlife and other beautiful sites.

wandern
9 months ago

Simple hike to the Cascades on Crooked Arm Ridge Trail and then to John Oliver Cabin and back

wandern
sturmholz
9 months ago

Nice day hike. Went clockwise up to Cerulean Knob. Coming down crooked arm ridge was hard on the knees. Plenty of wildlife sight8ng, very peacful.

Laufen
10 months ago

This is a great loop to get some decent elevation gain. I started at Rich Mountain Road and including the loop, got over 4K feet of gain and it clocked in just over 12 miles. Views are great with leaves off but are probably obstructed in late spring and summer. Trail was in great shape and it was rainy when I ran the loop but still managed to keep my feet mostly dry. Great trail!

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