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Hike of the Month: Lone Mountain State Forest's Coyote Point

The strenuous hike to Coyote Point offers only a few views of the surrounding mountains in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, copyright © 2012

The strenuous hike to Coyote Point offers only a few views of the surrounding mountains in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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  • The 2530 foot-tall Lone Mountain in Lone Mountain State Forest can be seen here near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The forest has approximately 20 miles of trails with some being strenuous due to their steep ascent along ridgelines. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The trailhead for the Lone Mountain hike to Coyote Point begins across the street from the Tennessee Division of Forestry Office in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Making a loop out of the hike, hikers will travel approximately 9.6 miles along the strenuous trail.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The 9.6 mile loop to Coyote Point in Lone Mountain State Forest is a strenuous one with some portions of the hike being very steep albeit well worn near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The hike leading up to Coyote Point is fairly difficult as the trail becomes steep in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Hikers can take a left at this sign to reach Coyote Point in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The strenuous hike to Coyote Point offers only a few views of the surrounding mountains in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The trail to Coyote Point will pass William Rankin Spring, named for a forestry technician, in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Coyote Point offers a nice place to eat lunch with a picnic table and overlook in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • The overlook at Coyote Point offers views of the valley below in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Returning from Coyote Point, hikers have the option of turning left to continue on the strenuous hikers only portion of the 9.6 mile loop or staying straight to backtrack to the trailhead in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • After reaching the top of the ridge while hiking along the hikers only portion of the trail, hikers may lose sight of the path in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. By continuing along the top of the ridge line, hikers will eventually see red blazes that mark the way until the maintained portion of the trail picks up again. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Part of the hikers only trail is not maintained in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Hikers should use caution while traveling this portion of the trail. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • A blackberry bush blooms on the side of the trail to Coyote Point in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Maple viburnum blooms on the side of the trail to Coyote Point in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Pinxter azalea blooms on the side of the trail to Coyote Point in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • Dwarf crest iris blooms on the side of the trail to Coyote Point in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • White trillium blooms on the side of the trail to Coyote Point in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • White baneberry blooms on the side of the trail to Coyote Point in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)
  • A maidenhair fern grows on the side of the trail to Coyote Point in Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

May's hike of the month travels to Coyote Point in the Lone Mountain State Forest near Wartburg, Tenn.

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