Cumberland Gap - Hike to Tri State Peak
I never was much of a history buff- short facts is all I need to stay entertained, but I admit I learned a lot today about history in general in the area. To think that the Cumberland Gap was the main way to get from point A to point B, and that it was considered a relatively flat and easy way to get there, is crazy to me. Clearly, I am far lazier than those before me! Between 1760 and 1850, almost 300,000 people walked, rode, or were carried through the Cumberland Gap.
The hike to Tri-State Peak is a moderate 2.4-mile out-and-back with quite an elevation gain. I had read that it was 0.6 miles one way. So when the sign said 1.2 miles, I assumed that meant round trip. Well, halfway up, there was a sign that said 0.6 miles to the peak. I guess math never was a strong talent of mine either!!!
While the majority of the trail is shaded, the weather was still proving to be a scorcher and we were both drenched in sweat half way up. Of course, wearing jeans and cowboy boots, having just got off the bikes for a 'quick hike', was likely a large cause of the sweat!