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Lost Cove to Gregory Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Great Smoky National Park   Backpacking: Lost Cove to Gregory Bald  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Jun 19 2015  7:00 am >> Sun, Jun 21 2015 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, May 27 2015 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 17 2015 12:00 am
Event Duration:2 Days 9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:30 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike Pawloski
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.





This is a 3 Day, 2 Night Backpack Trip. All registrants will be added to the wait list (see information below). We will have upto 8 backpackers.

Beginning Friday we'll hike 5.2 miles on the Lake Shore Trail from Fontana Dam to camp site #90 at Lost Cove. We'll set up camp and enjoy lunch. After lunch we'll do some exploring on near by trails. Preferably to the East on Lake Shore Trail or and North on Eagle Creek Trail. In the evening we'll enjoy dinner around the camp fire. Those who wish to jump into the water are welcome.

Saturday is our big day hike. Plan on 20+ miles. After breakfast we'll head west about 3 miles on Lost Cove Trail to Shuckstack Firetower. We'll take in the views from the tower, to include Fontana Lake.

We'll descend the tower and start our hike North, 3.1 miles up the AT to Doe Knob. At Doe Knob we continue west 3.1 miles to Gregory Bald. We'll hang out for a bit at the Bald, have some lunch, look around and take in the views.

After lunch we'll head South on the Wolf Ridge Trail for 5.2 miles till we intersect the Twenty Mile Loop Trail. We continue east on the Twenty Mile Loop Trail for 2.6 miles and intersect the Lost Cove Trail.

We hike 4.6 miles on the Lost Cove Trail back to camp. 

At Camp we can jump into the water for a well deserved cool down and prepare for our evening dinner and fire.

Sunday morning slow go and out. We pack up camp sometime after breakfast and hike 5.2 miles back down Lake Shore Trail to Fontana Dam and our cars. 

We have reservations for 2 nights at camp site #90. The total cost is $64. With 8 backpackers that is $8 each. If we have less than 8, we'll divide the $64 among us equally.

This is a long and physically demanding trip. For the safety of the group, the Trip Leaders reserve the right to remove anyone from the list they feel can not complete the journey. 

Those that sign up will be placed on the wait list. Trip Leaders will add to the trip four participnats they are familiar with, that have the appropriate experience and ability to keep up with the group.

Required Items to Bring:

(2) Breakfast, (2)Lunch, (2)Dinner, Trail food, Water

Backpack Gear. If you don't know, you may want to get on another trip.

Day Pack for Saturday

Bug Spray, Sun Block

Appropriate clothes for the forecasted weather conditions

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):300Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $120.00 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.

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