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House Mountain

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Take a short challenging hike right in the city!
Near:Knoxville, TN
Distance:4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1000 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots

Summary: There are many trails and variations to the area but this hike will be described as a loop hike in counter clock motion.
Take the main trail from the parking lot and then turn right on the blue blaze trails. There are many rock formations to see and winter views from this trail. After 1 mile you reach the red blaze trail it is 1.5 mile in length but will add a little more to your hike if you go all the way out to the rock outcrop for the best views from the top. Go back (west) on the trail for 1.5 miles until you reach the west overlook. Nice views but the scenery is littered with cell towers and buildings from the view of Knoxville accented with interstate noise. The connector to the white blaze trail is covered by blow downs at the time of this review so a little off trail is required to get to the white blaze trail. This trail is 0.8 mi and will quickly descend to the main parking lot to finish the loop.

Trailhead: I-40 to Rutledge Pike then left on Iduema and then left on Hogskin parking on right. (Lat:36.10624 Lon:-83.75774)
Trail Guides for House Mountain:
Tennessee Trails
by Evan Means (Globe Pequot Press)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: N/A
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Bobby Trotter, who has posted  74 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 3   Submit your own review
Reviewed by CC on 7/30/2014
Its a challenging hike. I would say if your ready for a moderate to strenuous hike don't bother. Places you must climb over and under fallen tress and rocks. Not for the faint of heart. I clocked this hike from start up MountainTrail across the ridge and back down the west loop and it was 6.22 miles. I would advise using hiking poles if you have them and sturdy boots. The trails are not very well maintained and on the Mountain Trail you must search for the blue dots to stay on track at times. Enjoy :)

Reviewed by james on 10/6/2013
Very nice hike thanks to mast general store for the trail work great job

Reviewed by MFearghail on 2/24/2013
I have hiked "My Mountain" 89 times, as of today. Eleven more to the 100th! Google "Appalachian Irishman" for photos and blogs about House Mountain, and other stuff. Did some work to fix a switchback at the top of the west trail today. Hikers who do not respect the mountain cut thru the switchback, which erodes the mountain.

Reviewed by Jordan on 12/9/2012
What an awesome hike! A little steep at some points, but not too bad. We took our puppy, and he absolutely loved it! The sight at the top isn't the best you will ever find, but it is still beautiful! We had a great time and wish we knew about this hike sooner. Will definitely hike again!

Reviewed by Chad on 7/15/2012
My wife and I went up the Blue trail and we found it a bit hard. We had to take our time and take some water breaks. I thought the red and white trails were much more tame than the blue one. There were some blackberries along the red trail at the top below the cell tower. There is a pretty great view at the top and I thought the hike was enjoyable.

Reviewed by RP on 5/18/2012
Good day hike!! Great for new hikers or smaller kids, we took our 3 and 5 yr. old and they did great. Only a few hairy spot, just take your time and pack a snack. Very good view without the long drive!!

Reviewed by Bill B on 11/13/2011
Adult male, 14 year old male, 10 and 9 year old female hiked the white trail recently. It got difficult near the top of the 0.8 mile trail, but we all made it. All the kids want to go again. There were not a lot of great places to stop along the way to the top, but there were a few crevasses and rocks for climbing that helped make it enjoyable.

Reviewed by Bobby on 3/3/2011
This is a great hike to get in shape or stay in shape. It offers something for everyone. I hit the trails here at least once a month and never had any problem with vandalism.

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