Sunday, November 9, 2014
Cumberland Mountain TTA Hike
We had five people do a backpack trip on the Cumberland Mountain Segment of the Cumberland trail. Eric Luncford, Lora McBride, Craig McBride, Marco King, and Pete Broehl. This was my first backpack with the infamous Santa Claus.
This is a strenuous hike of a special mountain. It has two rock formations that stick straight up and run on both sides of the mountain for the entire length. They call it the Devil's Race Track. The trail actually spends a lot of time on top of the rocks. There are lots of views! There is also Bruce Creek and Bruce Creek Falls on the lower section of the trail. There is a shelter with a spring to spend the night at.
We started at Eagle Bluff parking at the overnight parking area 0.2 miles down from the overlook. There was a group of four wheeler riders at the overlook when we got there. They were excited to see Santa as well. We hiked a total 3.6 miles to the Shelter and camping area. The rock formations are amazing and the trail traverses across some rock areas that are narrow as well. There is one rock with a hole going through it they call it the window rock. There are numerous overlooks all along this trail giving you a chance to enjoy the scenery and take in the color changes.
After we got camp set up we hiked another 0.1 miles to the "Rock climb", which is a large stack of rocks you climb a ladder to get on top of, for an evening view of the valley.
We hiked back to camp and had a great evening telling lies around the campfire. The next morning Marco got a good fire going to warm us up and eat breakfast around. We headed out for the Bruce Gap trailhead which is 8.9 miles away. Lots of up and downs along the ridge. We ate lunch shortly after the short road walk we had. We enjoyed the overlook for the Devil's race track where someone has put up an American flag and then we started our downhill trek. At the bottom we enjoyed the walk along Bruce Creek and seeing Bruce Creek Falls. Then more ups and downs going towards Cove Lake State Park. We even saw a large black snake for Pete.
Between the weather, scenery, water fall, and snake, I think we covered everything on every one's list on the 12.7 miles we hiked. We had a great hike with some great people.