FKT: Jonathan Ziesmer - Big Frog Mtn (TN) - 2021-04-10

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7h 17m 50s

Started at the Jacks River Trailhead in Alaculsy. Continued along the Jacks River for almost 10 miles and crossed the river innumerable times. It was raining, so I barely noticed getting wet in the river. The rocks were slick and I fell over several times. I liked the crossings less and less after each one. The trail was very overgrown, so I had to do a fair bit of route finding and I actually completely lost the trail at one point, for the first time in years. Went past the Jacks River Falls - I'm not really in to waterfalls but these looked very cool.

Left the riverbed on the Penitentiary Branch Trail and then the Licklog Ridge Trail to climb up to Big Frog Mountain. The final climb was very steep - over 1k ft in a mile.

Descended Big Frog via Chestnut Mtn, then followed forest service roads for the last ~7 mi to return to where I started. I developed a stabbing pain in my right foot over the last 4 miles, so I walked quite a bit more than otherwise. Oh well, hopefully the pain is gone soon.