Cerulean Knob Loop via Rich Mountain Loop Trail
2 reviews Great Smoky Mountains National Park #22 hike out of 506 in
4 hrs 23 min
This is a difficult loop trail to Cerulean Knob in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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From Oliver's Cabin up the trail is quite steep of mostly loose rock. There are a fair number of creek crossings. Large amount wildflower blooms including orchids above the 2800ft area. Numerous fallen trees on the trail as we were there the first weekend the park was opened from the Crovid 19 shutdown. May 2020. Great less traveled trail in Cades Cove.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A great loop from Cades Cove up Rich Mountain. The first mile or so is pretty level, then it gets STEEP for a few miles, then there's a nice ridge line with views (through the trees) both north and south, then a pretty steep descent on a rutted trail full of sharp switchbacks. Crooked Arm Cascades at the end is beautiful, a little bonus after all that hard work. There were lots of trees down across the trail when I went (4/2019) -- most could be scrambled over pretty easily. And lots of small stream crossings, all with easy rock hops.★ ★ ★ ★ ★