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Estelle Mine, Pocket Loop, and Wildflower Trails + optional activities
|Event Location:||Crockford-Pigeon WMA|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Apr 9 2016 10:00 am >> Sat, Apr 9 2016 5:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Sun, Apr 3 2016 8:08 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Apr 8 2016 12:12 pm|
|Event Duration:||7 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||16|
|Minimum Group Size:||4|
|Number Registered So Far:||16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
Please read this entire posting before registering for this event. There are also optional activities described in more detail at the end of the itinerary.
The Crockford-Pigeon Wildlife Management Area is 16,400 acres and encompasses most of Pigeon Mountain. The area is known for its many caves and geological rock formations, as well as lookouts, waterfalls, wildflowers, and springs. The WMA has nearly 100 miles of various trails designated for hiking, biking, equestrian, or multi-use.
The Crockford-Pigeon WMA is a GORP (Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass) WMA – meaning that a GORP is required for entry and any activities within the WMA. You can purchase a GORP online (click here), or at a retailer for $3.50. The GORP is an individual pass (not per vehicle), so you must have one to attend this hike.
After reaching the end of the Wildflower Trail, we will arrive at Pocket Falls... a very nice waterfall cascading over a sandstone bluff. There is a small cave behind the waterfall which we will explore.
There is a short rock scramble out of the pocket to get to the next trail. On this next trail we will ascend about 1,400 feet to reach the top of the plateau on Pigeon Mountain. From there we will hike along the rim taking in the view from a few overlooks. We will have lunch at one of these overlooks, which also provides some rock formation exploring opportunities. After a few miles we will then begin our descent down the north side of the mountain on several different trails until we reach the Estelle Mine Trail.
The last portion of our hike will take us along the Estelle Mine Trail, which is, in part, on an old abandoned narrow gauge railway used to transport the iron ore which was mined here in the past. This portion of the hike is very cool and unique as we will go through 4 – 5 tunnels, some well over 100 feet in length. Although you can “see the light at the end of the tunnel” in each of these, it gets pretty dark when inside, – too dark to see the very rocky ground on which you will be falling if you don't bring your headlamp or flashlight.
The following is a Youtube video which shows much of the Estelle Mine Trail, some of “The Pocket”, and “Pocket Falls”. Although the music, by Patty Lovelace, is about coal mining “holler” in KY, the video is of Estelle Mine area. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBk2AKG7sJk
This is a photo album of a trip Aaron, Jimmy, and I took to Pigeon Mtn during winter. https://picasaweb.google.com/aaron.rae/CrockfordPigeon
After your hike the trip leaders will be eating at Pigeon Mountain Grill, just a few miles from the trailhead. If you do not wish to join them make sure you check with your carpool driver/riders prior to departing the carpool. http://pigeonmtcountrystore.webs.com
Optional (non-event) Camping / Activities:
|How to Get There:|
Hike Parking/Trailhead Location:
For those wishing to camp, directions will be provided by email to the campsite, or trailhead, depending on when you will arrive.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||178Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||8:00 am|
|Carpool Location:||Log in for location|
|Carpool Directions:||Log in for directions|
|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $71.20 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.|
Optional pre/post-event activities:
If you wish to spend one or two nights camping with us, please send Aaron and Mark an email, and let us know of your plans. At minumum include when you will be arriving/leaving. No reservations are required for camping at C-P, although a GORP pass is required.
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