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by Kelley Roark and Stuart Carroll (Falcon Guides)
The less visited and less commercialized Big Frog Wilderness contains thirteen trails. They create a web-like, interlocking pattern over the broad face of Big Frog Mountain, and contain some narrow ridge hikes that provide striking views into Tennessee and Georgia, making this a popular backpacking destination. From the Big Frog Trail, there are many outstanding views of the surrounding mountains, including the Cohutta Wilderness to the south and the Tennessee Valley to the west, with lots of possibilities for loop trips and point-to-point trips. The Big Frog Trail makes a gradual climb along the ridgelines and passes the junctions of many of the trails in the network.
ok so i did this trail today and by far it was horrible. I had such high expectations for climbing this mountain but when i got to the top there wasnt any views and neither was there along the way. trust me i looked. there was one spot where you could just look through the trees and kinda see something but you really had no clue where you were according to the geography of the land. i mean i could have hiked in my backyard for 11 miles rather than climb a mountain and never even see where i am going or what. i mean there are like what 20 mountains in the area with scenic views of big frog mountain but non on the mountain. also when you start climbing the mountain there are way to many over grown areas where you almost need a machette to move through. horrible and in the hot summer sun it is worse. also at alot of the supposedly trail crossing there are torn down signs so you cant remember which trail is which and when you get to the top there are like 40 different trails and you cant even find the right one to get off the mountain if you didnt want to go back the way you came. you couldnt find any trail at the top. all the descriptions said lots of views well there aint. i am an experienced hiker and this is the biggest let down ever. signs torn down when you get to the top of the mountian so unless you already know where you going or something then you dont have a clue where to go cause there is so much over growth that nothing can be found
Great trail, first half is fairly easy and level, second half is a bit challenging and a more serious climb. Took about 3 hours to get up the 5.6 miles with 6 people on the hike. There are a few nice views, the actual peak is another 1 mile of trail after the end of the Big Frog Trail. Great hike, can be challenging at times but it its does have solid footing almost the entire trail save about 50 meters. We had great weather and saw only one other person on the trail the whole 6 hours it took us to get up and down. Would do again!
A friend and I climbed Chestnut Mountain Trail to Big Frog Mountain. We entered about 10:30 p.m with a light dusting of snow at about 2000 ft. and about 12:15 a.m we settled in at 4200 ft. in 6 inches of snow. By morning we had anothr 6-8 inches of snow creating a winter wonderland. There are multiple routes up the mountain. Chestnut mountain trail is well traveled with relatively easy footing over a little more than 2000 ft climb over 4.5 miles.
Picked the coldest weekend of the year. Temps well below zero from halfway point to top. First half I would rate moderate. Second half was challenging. Spent two nights on the mountain. Excellent weekender. Will go again.
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