The Unicoi Crest above Tellico Plains


Cherokee Hiking Club
198 Crews Drive, Benton, TN 373




Chestnut Mountain/Coffee Branch Dayhike
Saturday, September 20, 2008


Brief Description:  

We will hike the Chestnut Mountain Trail in the Gee Creek Wilderness, up and across Chestnut Mountain and down to the Coffee Branch Trail and up the Coffee Branch back to Iron Gap.  Note: these are Horse trails. 

        Leader Clayton Pannell, 263-9730,      

        Length: 11.0 miles

        Difficulty: Difficult, due to elevation gain and length.

Directions to the TrailheadMeet in Etowah at the Bi-Lo at 8:00 AM to car pool to Iron Gap on Chestnut Mountain.

Post Trip Report:

Three hikers made the hike starting at Iron Gap on the Chestnut Mountain Trail through the Gee Creek Wilderness. This trail was once an old road.  We had some good views into the Gee Creek Wilderness and into the valley around Wetmore.  The Coffee Branch Trail was a jeep road at one time but now is only for horses and hikers. It is in very good shape and one could drive on it if the gate were open.  This was a great day for a hike with no rain - not even a cloud in the sky.
HIKERS were Jim Runyan, Randy Morris and Clayton Pannell

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