Snake Den Ridge Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,421' 1,043 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 5,782' 1,762 m
Low: 2,367' 721 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
Current trail conditions
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“This trail meanders through lush flora before reaching the ridge and continuing towards the AT.”— Max Willner
Shortly into this trail, runners will find a junction that connects the Low Gap Trail and Lower Mount Cammerer Trail. Not even a mile in, there's a small graveyard from the early 1900s.
At 1.8 miles in, there's a stream crossing at Inadu Creek (with Inadu Mountain nearby, at 5,177'). The vegetation gets a bit thicker around here. From there, the trail begins to gain in elevation a bit more as it works along the ridge, at times offering a nice view of the surrounding area.
At around 4.2 miles, the trail opens up into a more open area (around Snake Den Mountain) and comes to a connection with Maddron Bald Trail. RunnerS can opt to continue onto Maddron Bald Trail for about 1.5 miles to reach Campsite #29 (Otter Creek). Continuing along Snake Den Ridge Trail, runners will eventually reach the Appalachian Trail. From there, they can turn right towards Mt. Guyot or left towards Low Gap.
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders. Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus). For more information on black bears, refer to this webpage.
Land Manager: NPS - Great Smoky Mountains National Park