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Big Frog/Chestnut Mountain 50K

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Linking several trails in the Big Frog & Tanasi Trail systems to form an awesome, mountain 50K route.


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30.6

Miles

49.2

KM

90%

Runnable

4,197' 1,279 m

High

1,163' 354 m

Low

4,566' 1,392 m

Up

4,620' 1,408 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

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Paid parking is available at the Ocoee Whitewater Center

Overview

Start/finish at the Ocoee Whitewater Center. Route with link together the Bear Paw Loop, Chestnut Mountain Loop, River View Loop, Thunder Rock Express, Big Frog Trail #64, Hemptop, Licklog Ridge, West Fork Trail, and Rhododendron Trail with a few forest service roads in between.

Runner Notes

Setting up water caches or aid stations at Big Frog Trail #64 trailhead, Chestnut Mountain Loop trailhead, and Licklog Ridge Trail is highly suggested.

Description

Starting at the Ocoee White water center, cross the bridge and turn left onto Bear Paw Loop for approximately 1.4 miles (keep left at the loop split). Keep straight onto Chestnut Mountain Loop for approximately 0.9 miles and turn left onto River View Loop for 3.3 miles. Turn left onto Chestnut Mountain Loop for approximately 1.2 miles. This is a good spot for an aid station at 6.8 miles into the route.

Continue on Chestnut Mountain Loop for 1.2 miles, passing West Fork Trail and turn left onto Thunder Rock Express for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto FS 45 and then turn right onto FS 221, about 3.5 miles total till you get to the Big Frog Trail #64 trailhead. This is a good spot for an aid station at 6.2 miles.

The next section is the crux of the route and about 11.2 miles to your next aid station. Take Big Frog Trail #64 to the top of the mountain for 5.5 miles. Turn left onto Hemptop for about 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Licklog Ridge going back down the mountain for 5.4 miles, ending at FS 221. This is a good spot for an aid station at 11.2 miles.

Turn left onto FS 221 for approximately 2.7 miles back to Chestnut Mountain Loop. Turn left onto Chestnut Mountain Loop for approximately 0.3 miles and turn left onto West Fork Trail for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto FS 45 for approximately 1 mile. At the power station, turn right onto Rhododendron Trail which will bring you back to the Ocoee Whitewater Center for the finish.

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Jake Simko

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Photos

View at the top of Big Frog Mountain during summer
Aug 21, 2020 near Ducktown, TN
A view of the Ocoee River from the Rhododendron Trail.
Feb 23, 2020 near Ducktown, TN

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