Sutton's Gulch 6.27.2020

Saturday's hike was a pretty good hike considering the high humidity and threat of rain. Fortunately the skies remained overcast and the rain at the park was limited to sprinkles only. We caravanned to the trailhead from Brown's Ferry exit on I-24 and arrived at the trailhead shortly after 9am. Originally we planned to do the hike from the upper trailhead to the low point of the trail but switched plans and hiked from the lower trailhead and hiked up and back. This turned out to be a better plan. However, because of the change in direction, and our rapid ascent, we ended up with an 8+ mile hike instead of the 5 miles I originally planned. We arrived at Hemlock Falls around 11am and would have returned to the trailhead, but a vote was taken to continue to Cherokee Falls and the top of the canyon. I would have voted not to go to the top if it were not for the fact the temperature was held down because of the overcast conditions. Hiking during Covid-19 cautions continues to present challenges to maintain social distancing and mask wearing. The park was pretty much filled and I would estimate 90% of the hikers on the trail did not wear masks when in close proximity with other hikers. Our party did wear our masks when approaching others on the trail. Cloudland Canyon is always a good hike because of the natural beauty of the park and the well maintained trails.
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North Chickamauga Creek 6.20.2020

John Politte, Tammy Hendrick, and Betsy Darken (trip organizer) made an out and back trip on the Cumberland trail starting at Montlake Road.  We had a fine time checking out old coal mines, climbing a very impressive set of stairs that got us almost all the way to the top, then climbing down another set of stairs, almost new, toward North Chickamauga Creek.  The views were spectacular, the weather was beautiful, and the company was great.  We also overcame several glitches, including a locked gate, a flat tire, and a wrong turn  The latter gave two of us an opportunity to go bushwacking in search of the actual trail.  It was a relief when we all managed to find each other again. 
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Soddy Gorge 6.13.2020

This Saturday three members of the Soddy Daisy hiking club hiked a counter clockwise loop from the Little Soddy Trailhead (on the Cumberland Trail) to the Deep Creek Bridge (where we lunched).  From there we hiked to the Big Soddy Creek Bridge.  After looking this bridge over, we returned to the Deep Creek Bridge, and then to the Little Soddy Trailhead by taking the shortcut through the Rock Climbers Parking Lot.  The hike totaled about 9.5 miles and was rated strenuous (especially for one of our hikers who was carrying about 20 pounds of ballast the last third of the hike).
Elevation gain for the hike was over 1500 feet.
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Ritchie Hollow 6.6.2020

This was an 8 mile moderately strenuous hike on the Ritchie Trail (led by Tammy) to Snoopers Rock and return.  The rock overlooks the Tennessee River Gorge within view of the southwest edge of Chattanooga.  Four hikers participated in the hike.  If you would like to see some pictures taken during this hike, click here.  If you are trying to view the pictures through the TTA website and having trouble, please go directly to the BLOG at www.sdctta.blogspot.com

Beech Falls 5.30.2020

Very nice hike with the falls really roaring.  If you would like to see one additional picture, click here.  If you are trying to view the photo through the TTA website and having trouble, please go directly to the BLOG at www.sdctta.blogspot.com.