Tuesday, October 3 — Stringer’s Ridge: Blue Trail plus additional loops, 3.3-4.5 miles, moderate, 508’ elevation gain. Stringer’s Ridge is a forested and rippled ridge separating Red Bank from downtown Chattanooga. We’ll circumnavigate it, wriggling up and down more than you might expect as we stroll through shady woods. We’ll be sure to check out Cherokee Trail, which will take us to an overlook that provides a fine view of downtown Chattanooga in all its glory! Even though the ridge is surrounded by urban areas, we will see only occasional glimpses of civilization. Meet at 8:30 am ET at the Stringer’s Ridge trailhead at the end of Spears Ave. Some GPS systems are confused about the location of this trailhead, so please follow these directions: Take North Market St. slightly more than 0.3 miles north of the first light after crossing the Market St. Bridge. Turn left on W Bell St. Turn right in one block onto Spears Ave, which dead ends at the parking lot for the trailhead. Please register with hike leader Jean Smith (423) 596-7681.