Saturday, July 21, 2012
Last week, Dumb and I took off at 9:45pm, arriving in the Cohutta Wilderness at the Tearbritches Trailhead at about 11:45pm. Important note, the last 15 miles are on forest road and are slow going. A vehicle with clearance is helpful. We got on trail and were immediately greeted with a tough climb - about 500' in .3-.5 mile. Once atop Bald Mtn (4000') we quickly decended 2000' to the creek. I turned my ankle early on, which made for slow going. Add in a navigational error, where we picked up Hickory Creek Trail instead of Panther Creek Trail, our total trip ended up being around 12 miles. Climbing the 2000' on the way back, at 3am, was just the right amount of suffering. I look forward to getting back to this trail. 3200' in gain for the day.