With finals over, and graduation still two days away, this is the perfect time to throw your gear in your pack, load in with Campus Rec, and enjoy a night under the stars, and 2 days on the trail. On December 13, a small group of hikers will leave for Chattanooga, departing on what is sure to be another memorable adventure on the Cumberland Scenic Trail. Day 1 one on the trail will consist of 12+ miles of hiking, as we pass abandoned mines, navigate creek crossings, and travel across swinging bridges. With an early morning start, we will make the trek to Board Camp Creek backcountry campground, where we'll sleep under the stars next to the soothing sounds of the flowing water. Day two will find us hiking the final 4+ miles through pine forests, over rolling hills, until finally reaching the Heiss Mt. trailhead. In celebration of completing trek together, the group always loves to put down a great hot lunch at City Cafe in the heart of Chattanooga to finish things off.
As this takes place in December, the weather can be tricky, and temperatures can vary. We expect temperatures to be low, but hold to a predetermined floor of 25 degrees - meaning if the temperatures are forecast to be below this point during our trip, we will cancel the outing in favor of safety. Rain showers are unlikely, but always a possibility, so preparing accordingly is encouraged. Participants will need their own gear (gear list below), and be able to carry an overnight pack (20-25 lbs, average) for 16+miles. This outing will be in a backcountry environment with no facilities present - participants should keep this in mind when assessing their desire to go on this trip. Food will be the responsibility of each participant, and our seasoned staff are more than happy to help anyone navigate what that should/will look like.
For more details, including what gear to pack and what food to bring, and to register for this trip, click here.