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    Lonnie Money completed John B. Scott Forever Wild Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Lonnie Money completed Cherokee Sink Trail

    3 months ago

    Lonnie Money added Cedar Point Trail

    3 months ago

    Lonnie Money completed Cedar Point Trail

    3 months ago

    Lonnie Money added not sure

    3 months ago

    Lonnie Money added magic kingdom

    3 months ago

    Lonnie Money reviewed Little Smith Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    This is a really great extension of the Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail which is a part of the Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association system (CRATA.org). The trail begins by following the white blazed Fire Tower trail. We made the ascent to the old tower which once was the central tower in a 6 tower network of fire lookouts. We followed the white trail until we connected to the light blue blazed Lakeshore Trail. We followed this a few hundred yards until it connected to the Magenta Blazed Little Smith Mountain trail.
    The initial leg of the trail is an easy descent through mixed forest. There are some nice rocky outcrops on early sections of this trail combination, and I expect that this will get pretty shady as the hardwoods take on leaves. The trail turns southeast as you hit the lake. At this point you can take a spur trail to Boat Docks and Island Hop trail (Island Hop will be really fun next winter when the water level goes back down and it becomes accessible again without a swim.)
    The trip back up Little Smith Mountain is rocky and narrow. CRATA suggests that it is not for young or unruly children and I tend to agree with them.. While it's not as treacherous as the nearby Deadening trail, it is very narrow in places and the margin for error is small.
    The climb back up is through areas that are pretty sparse due to wildfires from a few years ago (and maybe from the tornadoes too). It's a really good place to see Nature reasserting itself in new growth.
    We had a fun run in with a nesting hawk. The hawk decided our chihuahua looked like a tasty springtime meal and swooped on him before realizing we were right behind. him. He continued to track us while we were on the mountain.Got some nice photos out of it though.
    The return trip is pretty easy. A nice walk in the woods.
    I'm looking forward to going back in a few weeks to see how it changes as the lake fills and the trees fill in.

    Lonnie Money completed Deadening Alpine Trail

    4 months ago

    Lonnie Money followed R A M

    5 months ago

    Lonnie Money reviewed Deadening Alpine Trail

    5 months ago

    Great trail. Definitely worth the effort - and it requires some effort.
    The FYI in case you've never been. The trail doesn't really begin at the parking area. There's a quarter mile path through the woods that brings you out on an adjoining street. Turn left and walk about 75 yards. Then you will enter the trail approach just across from the fire hydrant.

    Trail is blazed to be completed in a counter clockwise loop, but I've done it twice in the other direction. As designed there's a long walk through pines and a descent to the lakeside at about a mile and a half. The return along the lakefront is strenuous. Lots of elevation change, switchbacks, and (if you tend to wander out to scenic points) a little bit of scrambling/boulering. The views across the lake are great, and if you go in summer you'll be able to see the brave folks who jump from Chimney Rock across the way.

    The trail warns that those under 12 should not use it and under 14 should only use it under adult supervision, and I believe this is reasonable advice. The trail is narrow, often steep, and the margin for error and carelessness is small. There are definitely sections where serious injury is just a misplaced step away.

    Lonnie Money followed R A M

    6 months ago

    Lonnie Money completed Lassen Peak

    8 months ago

    Lonnie Money added Bumpass Hell Trail

    8 months ago

    Lonnie Money added Lighthouse Trail

    8 months ago

    Lonnie Money completed Lighthouse Trail

    8 months ago

    Lonnie Money added Dowdell Knob Trail

    9 months ago

    Lonnie Money completed Dowdell Knob Trail

    9 months ago

    Lonnie Money added Rufus Morgan Trail

    10 months ago