Hiking the Rich Mountain Loop – In Snow!

Last month, Kara & Remington joined us for a wintry hike on the Rich Mountain Loop Trail.  We first hiked this route last summer, and we were interested to see the differences that the colder months would bring.

Pre-hike Egg Sandwich
Uggggly pre-dawn photo of our egg sammich.  I had to post it, otherwise you guys would have feared for our safety on the trails if you weren’t secure in the knowledge that we had our usual pre-hike meal.. right?

That’s what I thought, too!  Anyhoo..

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Cades Cove is lovely in the morning.  It’s quiet, the light is soft, and the road is clear.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Light dusting of snow visible on the peaks.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
The half moon was visible, and it was a stark, clear day.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Frosty trail head sign.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
A gang of Tom turkeys moseying around the fields.

Or is that a google?  A gander?  A gaggle? No, that’s geese… hm.  Gang works for me.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Light dusting of snow on the ground.  Thankfully, it wasn’t too cold.  It was crisp, no doubt, but we dressed warmly and it was a comfortable hike.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
There are several small streams along the trail, many of them with icicles!

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
The streams are pretty, but crossing them without getting your socks wet is of utmost importance.  In the summer, it’s no biggie.  In the winter, it can ruin your day!

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Snuggled up in my hugenormous scarf.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
The John Oliver Cabin, dusted with some white stuff.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
The higher we got, the more ice we saw!

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Kara & Remington, truckin’ along.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Our lunch spot.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Hello, hibernating rhododendrons.. I’ll see you again next summer!

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
The good thing about hiking this trail in the winter.. you can see into the valley when you reach the top of the ridge!

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Sim City houses below.

Ahh, Sim City.. the first computer game I ever bought for myself with my own money.  It came in a huge glossy black box with 3.5inch disks.  Those were the days.

Rich Mountain Loop Trail in the winter - Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains
Headed back down..

Until next time, happy trails!

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Comments

  1. Such a beautiful winter hike :) So glad you popped over to my blog earlier. Have a great weekend!

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