BSA Troop 328

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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House Mountain Day Hike

On Saturday, December 17th, the troop went on a Day Hike to House Mountain near Knoxville. We will met at Kern UMC at 10:00AM and got on the road around 10:15. We arrived at the House Mountain trailhead just after 11:00AM and headed up the trail. The weather forecast seemed grim, but as usual the hike turned out the a lot of fun despite mother nature. In fact, about two thirds of the way up the mountain we got into the clouds which was beautiful in its own way. At the overlooks we would joke about what the scenery was supposed to be. We had lunch while hiding under a huge rock at the east overlook to get out of the wind and rain. Then we hiked along the top of the ridge to the west overlook and then back down the mountain. This hike was relatively short, only about 5 miles and about 900 feet of elevation change, but was steep in a few places. We got back to the trailhead around 1:00PM and back to the church around 2:00PM.

Trail Map

At the trailhead getting ready to head up the mountain.
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On the trail leading up to the top of the mountain.
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About two thirds of the way up the mountain, we got above cloud level.
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We finally made it up to the top of the ridge and started along the Crest Trail that runs between the East Overlook and the West Overlook.
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Hiking along the Crest Trail through the clouds over to the East Overlook.
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Enjoying the view at the East Overlook while we have lunch.
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Hiking in the other direction on the Crest Trail to get to the West Overlook.
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On our way back down to the trailhead. We are finally down out of the could's.
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Back at the trailhead.
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