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Hellhole Mtn, Hemlock Falls, Moccasin Creek Falls, a million Trout, and some exploring

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Rabun County, GA   Hike: Hellhole Mtn, Hemlock Falls, Moccasin Creek Falls, a million Trout, and some exploring  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, May 7 2017  9:00 am >> Sun, May 7 2017 5:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, May 5 2017 9:12 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 6 2017 8:04 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 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.


Please read the itinerary and note before signing up for this hike!

We will begin the hike at a parking area on Moccasin Creek. The first mile of the hike is along a very picturesque trail which follows Moccasin Creek and has many small waterfalls and feeder streams with cascades. At just over a mile we will arrive at Hemlock Falls which has a nice pool below the falls. The trail ends at Hemlock Falls, so from this point on, the hike will become exploratory – very exploratory. After taking in Hemlock Falls, we will begin hiking upstream towards the upper falls on Moccasin Creek. There used to be a quasi-trail going to the upper falls, but a storm with high winds and a tornado knocked down a lot of trees and the trail all but disappeared. I know where the upper falls are located, but haven't been up to them, so it will be an adventure. The upper falls are supposed to be considerably larger than Hemlock Falls. The plan is to have some lunch when we arrive at the upper falls. After lunch and taking in the falls, we will then head upstream a bit more and then veer off and head up Hellhole Mtn. Why Hellhole Mtn? Because “it's there,” and it has a cool name. After arriving on Hellhole, we'll then follow some ridges making a big loop until we get back to the cars.

After we get back to the vehicles, we'll head across the road, to check out the trout fish hatchery.

NOTE: This hike will be approximately 6 miles long, have around 1,500 feet of ascent. However, there will be about 4 miles of off-trail hiking which may include scrambling, navigating though deadfalls, and creek crossings. If you don't enjoy off-trail hiking, aren't mentally flexible, and don't have a sense of adventure, then this probably isn't the hike for you.



Required Items to Bring:
  • Boots (waterproof recommended)
  • Food - lunch/snacks
  • Spare pairs of socks and/or small towel to dry feet if needed
  • Water/sports drink - at least 2 litres
  • Change of clothes for the ride home
  • Sense of adventure
  • Cash for the carpool driver


Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Hiking Poles
  • Hand/Foot Towel
  • Water shoes for creek crossing
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant w/ DEET

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