Sunset Rock

Lookout Mountain is both a backdrop and a center piece for Chattanooga.  It’s full of tourist destinations and local favorites; quiet neighborhoods and busy streets; civil war history and quiet countryside.  It offers fantastic views and shaded woods.  It all just depends on where on Lookout Mountain you go.

This past weekend, when we were trying to decide where we wanted to hike, my husband’s criteria was that he wanted to spend less than an hour driving round-trip and he didn’t want to hike more than 5 miles.  My criteria was that I wanted there to be a view and I wanted the trail to be doable in my fivefingers shoes.  Lookout Mountain was our perfect compromise.

We’ve gone up to Point Park on Lookout Mountain many times.  We’ve walked the paved trail down to the overlook at the point.  And, off in the distance, we noticed people sitting on Sunset Rock.  Today was our day to sit on Sunset Rock.

We decided to start at Craven’s House.  There are several trails from Craven’s House that can get you to Sunset Rock.  We chose the longest route.  Even so, it was not much more than 2 miles to Sunset Rock.

We took a trail called Rifle Pits Trail.  I’m sure there is an explanation for why it’s called “Rifle Pits,” but all I could think about was rifles spewing out shells and leaving behind the casings like I might spit out the pits from Kalamata olives.  We did not see a single shell casing, however.

This trail was partially an old road, which made for easy walking.  However, when we got to the Gum Spring Trail juncture, we turned and started climbing a lot of steps.  While it wasn’t so difficult as to be daunting, we were a little worried about Tisen.  These were mostly large stones positioned to form stairs, not actual stairs.  But every time I stopped to check on Tisen, he would run into the backs of my legs, he was so tight on my heels.

I made it up the steep section in 1 piece–it’s a miracle I didn’t trip over Tisen and fall off the cliff.  And the view from Sunset Rock was spectacular.  Unfortunately, it was, as usual, the wrong time of day to be shooting, but I did what I could.

Speaking of shooting, does anyone know how to train a dog not to walk into the frame when you stop to take a picture?  I had to trash about 50 images because of a Holstein-like blur running through them.  While we’re talking about unexpected visitors in the camera frame, let’s talk about my husband.  I think we’ve reached a point in our photographer/non-photographer relationship where he’s tired of assisting.  I didn’t bring my tripod or any extra lenses (for once), which meant he didn’t feel obligated to carry anything for me.  But, he still felt obligated to walk through my frame.  What do you suppose that means?

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11 responses to “Sunset Rock

  1. you know I thought about asking you before what Tison does for water on these hikes. Now I see, really good invention. I looked at the pics before I started reading your post, and somehow I knew they were done in Tenn. lol

    • The first time I took Tisen hiking, I was surprised to find he wouldn’t drink my water–I used to just share my water with my dogs by squirting it into their mouths. Tisen wasn’t interested. That time, I made a “bowl” for him by finding a divot in a rock cleaning it out and filling it with water. After that, we started carrying the bottom of a plastic milk container. But this contraption is much nicer–it folds up and packs away instead hanging from the outside of the pack. Next, I think we’re going to get him his own backpack. 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting–glad you enjoyed! Seems like the things to do on Lookout Mountain are as endless of the mountain. Not to take anything away from Rock City, though–the Rock City Raptors are not to be missed. 🙂

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  3. Some great views. It is such a nice area with the rocks and such–and the trees for shade in the summer. Maybe Tisen could help carry gear for you in “his” backpack? Just a thought-sorry, Tisen!

    • It’s amazingly beautiful for how convenient it is! I just bought Tisen a backpack to carry his own food and water in for an upcoming backpacking trip His dad doesn’t think Tisen should carry any extra weight because of his arthritis, though, so I might take it back. I am tempted to try to mount the go pro video camera on him and make “Tisen Cam” videos. 🙂

      • The arthritis I understand. What a great idea for a Tisen Cam! He is probably slow enough that no one would get sick watching. Take care and have a great day!

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