RATC Hike #12: Ribble Trail/AT Loop
We will meet at Orange Market at 8 am and then drive 1.5 hours to Ribble Trailhead. The hike is 9.9 miles long and strenuous. It makes a loop so we’ll only have to take two cars.
Located in Giles County, this hike follows Dismal Creek before a starting a steep climb up Sugar Run Mountain. The hike then follows the ridge line for several miles, offering views of the Wilburn and New River Valleys. The hike starts on the Ribble Trail for .4 miles to the AT. At the AT intersection, turn left (north). The trail crosses dismal Creek on footbridges several times in the next mile. At 1.9 miles the trail passes the Wapiti Shelter and then begins ascending Sugar Run Mountain. At 4.3 miles a rock outcrop provides excellent views of the valley below. At 6.5 miles, reach northern end of blue-blazed Ribble Trail. Make left onto the Ribble Trail and begin steep descent of the Ribble Trail, passing the old Honey Springs Cabin. The trail will cross FS 201 several times before reaching the parking area at 9.9 miles, where car is located.
Carpool fee: $6.