Soon, the fast group took off and the remaining members followed on an easy descent. Similar to so many of the trails on the Cumberland, we were confronted with boulders almost immediately and even had to maneuver down thru a dicey spot. We managed the climb down this rocky area, descended a bit further, and the huge wall of boulders were then in our vision off to the right as we wound along the trail.
To the Chronicler's shame, her camera skills failed her and some of the picture's did not turn out well. :-(
The fast group followed the trail out and reported there was a steep climb out, but the others turned around about a mile in and retraced their steps back to the cars. This provided more delight in the beauty to be seen beyond the beautiful flowers.
Then we were off in search of the parking spot for Bridal Veil Falls (which is apparently harder than it sounds!) At the elusive parking spot near Cheston Lake, we delved back in the woods and made short work of the trek down to Bridal Veils. There weren't as many wildflowers, but the Falls provided a great spot for lunch.
|Lovely moss at the mouth of the 2nd water source|
|Limbs crossed down in the sinkhole |
We paused for a while at the falls before heading out again. Back up the trail, we came to an intersection and chose to go back a different way. Okay..I'll be honest. I don't know how we went from here. We meandered a bit on a lovely trail with views on occasion from the bluff. However, one bunch took off across a creek and bushwhacked their way to atop a ridge looking for a blaze. At one spot, the remaining group paused trying to locate exactly where we were.
|This will be canopied by foliage soon|
. Ray estimated about 5.25 miles. A lot of the folks stopped by Sonic by Interstate 24 while others headed back to Scenic City. The Trail Chronicler enjoyed her first ride in her Subaru to the trail with her hiking buddies in the car (and Ray-Man was the able navigator!). The new Subaru now has trail dust and shall henceforth be known as Ruby! See ya next week, trail friends!