Return to the Gorge (Linville) - Fri, Apr 24 2015

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Return to the Gorge (Linville)

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Morganton NC   Backpacking: Return to the Gorge (Linville)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 24 2015  7:00 am >> Sun, Apr 26 2015 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Feb 24 2015 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Apr 8 2015 11:59 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:23 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Eric P
Mike Pawloski
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We're going back. Join us for a return to Linville Gorge.  We will be hiking the challenging "Is That All Ya Got Loop" which gives a good sampling of the Southern end of Linville Gorge. We will be using a mix of official trails and unofficial trails along the way. The trails are not always the clearest to follow and may be overgrown in places depending on if there has been any recent trail maintenance. We do have all the tracks on a gps which we can use if needed.

We will be going along the east rim where the highlights will be Table Rock, the Chimneys, and Shortoff mountain. Additionally we will be making our way back through the gorge by the river. Please make sure that you are comfortable with long days carrying a backpack if you sign up for this. The trip is roughly 23 miles. As you might expect with it being a gorge, there are some fairly flat sections but any uphill that exists tends to be long and steep.

*Please note that due to the bridge being out we will have to cross the river at either end without the help of a bridge. I have been able to rock hop across on the north end before but you should be prepared to get wet during both crossings of the river.

*Due to this event being so far away the plan is for the carpool to leave Friday morning at 7AM. This will allow for an early afternoon start on the trail.  The plan is to drive to the Table Rock Parking Lot on Friday and hike in up to 4-6 miles. There are quite a few sites within a couple hundred yards of the parking area and pit toilets. There is not any water near the parking lot so you should plan on bringing a little extra for the first day.

The trip leaders reserve the right to remove anyone from the list they feel can not comfortably complete this trip or manage a challenging river crossing.

The trip leaders reserve the right to remove anyone from this event that they have no experience hiking or backpacking with.

The above comments are to ensure the overall safety of the group.

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Boots


Tent / Tarp / Hammock 

Sleeping Bag

Sleep Pad

Food and Snacks (1 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner, snacks)

Water and Filtration / Purification device, Drops, or Tablets


Bear Bag and Rope / Bear Canister

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Camp trowel





How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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The last few miles are on a dirt road but I have taken it in a Honda Accord multiple times with no problem.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):494Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $197.60 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


We have the Car pool departure listed as Friday 6:00am.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.