Friday, January 21, 2011
4.9 Segment of the Soddy Gorge on the Cumberland Trail
Descending this area, we found ourselves climbing up to Clemmons Point to follow the ridge where we encountered remnants of the coal minining industry so prevalent in this area from years gone by. We were actually on top of an old shale pile for a short distance with the mine cut off to our left.
Again, we descended this ridge to find ourselves hopping across a passage of Little Soddy Creek. Across the creek, there were some interesting foundations of the mining industry still visible, inviting exploration on another day. We ascended the nicely placed rocks to find the kiosk placed at the end where we found ourselves at Hotwater Road. Debbie, Wayne, and maybe a couple of others, backtracked and crossed Little Soddy to head up the ridge on that bend to wait on vehicles to pick them up on their way down to Mobray Road.
A very nice 4.9 mile hike with some fantastic folks! Most of us ended the morning with lunch at Rafael's..not exactly health food, but, hey, ya gotta have some kind of vice! The Trail Chronicler has decided that for this group..it's food!