Total miles hiked: 5.4
19 January 2015
Almost a year ago exactly I hiked the eastern part of Rabbit Creek trail from Cades Cove over to Scott Gap and the Hannah Mountain trail. Martin Luther King Jr. day this year proved to be outstanding hiking weather again, so I got out on the trail with my wife and youngest son to finish off the Rabbit Creek trail from Abrams Creek Ranger Station over to Scott Gap. It's a short chunk - just 2.7 miles, but it gains about a 1000' in elevation from Abrams Creek up to the top of Pine Mountain, before descending another 400' down to Scott Gap and the Hannah Mountain trail.
|Rabbit Creek trailhead @ Abrams Creek|
|Log bridge over Abrams Creek|
|Wide, soft trail through the piney woods|
|Views toward Chilhowee Mountain from below the summit of Pine Mountain|
|coming down into Scott Gap|
|trail sign marking the Rabbit Creek & Hannah Mountain trail junction|
|Campsite #16 marker|
|Campsite#16 fire ring & sitting area|
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this hike. There are no big payoffs on this trail like waterfalls or spectacular rock formations, but the views were wonderful (good hike for the winter) and the trail is pleasant and well-maintained. And it was close and quick, and sometimes that's all you need.
Looking forward to some more winter hikes and backpacking trips, and then spring is not too far around the corner. Hope you all are enjoying every opportunity to explore our big backyard.
Til next time, happy hiking!