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Shining Rock Wilderness

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: North Carolina
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 7 2016  6:00 am >> Sun, May 8 2016 9:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Apr 15 2016 6:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Tue, May 3 2016 9:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 15 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:24 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

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.





The Shining Rock Wilderness in North Carolina offers open vistas from bald hilltops, an abundance of wildflowers, and of course, the shining rock, a micaceous rock outcrop. We will explore the area on a loop connecting two of North Carolina’s long trails that lead through the area—the Art Loeb Trail and the Mountain-to-Sea Trail.

We will be hiking about 12 miles a day, following the Big East Fork Trail, the Mountain-to-Sea Trail, the Art Loeb Trail, and the Shining Creek Trail. We will do side-trips to vistas, waterfalls, and Shining Rock.

Will be camping around 6,000 ft of elevation so be prepared for cold temperatures at night.

As of March 2015, bear canisters are required for dispersed camping in Shining Rock Wilderness. We will assess who can share canister space.

Required Items to Bring:

Bear canisters


Sleeping bag and pad

Non-cotton clothing, including hat and gloves

Rain gear


2 L water

2 lunch, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, snacks

Water filtration/purification

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:
Big East Fork Pisgah
Cruso Road, Canton, NC 28716

85N to 985N

Continue onto US-23N/US-441 into NC (~92mi)

Use the right lane to merge onto US-23 N/US-74 E/Great Smoky Mountains Expy via ramp toward Waynesville/Asheville (17.2mi)

Take Exit 98 for US-23 BUS toward W Waynesville (0.2mi)

Turn right at US-23 BUS N/Hyatt Creek Rd (0.2mi)

Turn left at S Main St to continue on US-23 BUS N (1.8mi)

Turn right onto Legion Dr (0.3mi)

Turn right at US-276 S/Pigeon St and continue to follow US-276 S (17.9mi)

Destination will be on the right - Big East Fork Pisgah

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):320Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $128.00 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.


Note:  The trip leader may contact you to determine your fitness level and prior backpacking experience. The trip leader reserves the right to remove anyone from the list who they feel cannot handle this trip.

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