By MARION MINER
For The Vista
On Friday, November 8, the Fairfield Glade Hiking Group will hike up House Mountain.
They will hike one mile up to the top and then it is level and downhill from then on.
The climb to the top of the mountain is strenuous but worth the effort for the views. You definitely need your hiking boots and poles.
On a clear day there are great views of the Smoky Mountains to the east and to the west great views of downtown Knoxville.
It would be a good idea to bring your binoculars. The group plans to eat lunch at the top of the mountain. They hope to be back in Fairfield Glade by approximately 3 P.M.
Difficulty: This hike is rated moderate, but there are some strenuous sections. It is a total of 4.5 miles. It is a 1,000-ft. elevation gain to the top.
Hiking has risks and safety is a high priority on every outing. Hazards include uneven trails, drop-offs, slippery rocks, stream crossings, wildlife encounters, auto accidents, and more. The hiking group assumes no collective or individual liability for any mishaps. Hiking is at your own risk.
Participants in the hikes should be in good physical condition. Walking on paved and level surfaces does not compare with hiking on uneven trails with elevation gains and losses.
Please assess your level of fitness to the difficulty of the hike so that you can keep up with the group. If you experience any difficulties during a hike, let one of the hike leaders know.
Hikers should wear good sturdy hiking shoes, be prepared for changes in temperature and weather, carry a day pack with first aid gear, bring insect repellent, and take plenty of water to drink. You are responsible for your own safety during the hike.
There is a sheet on the bulletin board across from the Fairfield Glade Post Office for people to sign up for the hike. The group will depart from the parking lot closest to the 4-way stop sign in Fairfield Glade at the corner of Peavine and Stonehenge.
Please be there between 7:30 A.M. and 7:45 A.M. to receive information and form carpools. They will leave at 8 A.M. sharp. If you ride with someone else to and from the hike the policy is to reimburse the driver for gas. The amount to reimburse the driver for this hike is $6.00 per person. Please have the correct amount.
If you have any questions, call the leaders of the hike Mahmood and Kathleen Shaikh at 707-5059. Please check out our web site by going to Google and typing in FFG Hiking.