The hiking forum hasn't been getting much any volume latelly, so I figured I would post some pics from from a hike me and a a buddy took last week. I'd only taken one short hike in Frozen Head previously and had wanted to return but with the Smokies just down the road, I always seem to forget it's even there. We both decided to cut out of work around lunch. A quick stop at an Asian joint in Oak Ridge that only serves 4 choices for lunch and we were at the trailhead. Since we were short on time we decided to hit the South Old Mac Trail and climb to the tower. For some reason I didn't think this was going to be a strenuous hike. I was wrong. I think I about killed Travis hauling [censored] up this thing. It's 7.3 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2,112 feet. Here's a few highlights from the trip.

The old CCC dynamite shack.

The trail in the lower section had a slow and stead elevation gain. It was deceiving for what was to come.


All of the small spring crossings had these cool little rock walls built to keep the trail level. Who knows how many years they have been there.

It had been warm for almost a week and I was surprised to see some frozen waterfalls.

Little did I know what was just around the corner.

Once we reached the top of the ridge, we came to one of the backcountry campsites. I'll definitely be backpacking into here in the future. This thing was luxury compared to where I normally pack into.

Another half mile hike that went straight up brought us to the tower.

The views from here pretty much sucked.

Nothing to see here.




Travis soaking in the views.

This was a really cool hike that I would recommend anyone to take. I'll definitely be back.