Cerulean Knob Loop via Rich Mountain Loop Trail

1 review #22 hike out of 533 in
8.7 mi
Distance
4 hrs 23 min
Time
terrain
1,752 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult loop trail to Cerulean Knob in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This trail goes by Double Mountain, 5, Scott Mountain, 6, Crooked Arm, and Crooked Arm Cascades.


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    4 months, 1 week ago
    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.
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