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Smoky Mountain Backpack - Gregory Bald loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Twenty Mile Ranger Station   Backpacking: Smoky Mountain Backpack -  Gregory Bald loop  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 29 2017  8:00 am >> Sun, Jul 30 2017 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jul 20 2017 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 28 2017 12:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:16 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Myra Kincaid
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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:3
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.


 About the trip:


   Saturday:  (7 miles) We will drive up from Atlanta Saturday morning, starting our hike at Twenty Mile Ranger station. We will hike along Moore Creek before beginning a long ascent (4000') to take in the views on Parson Bald. We will then descend to set up camp in Campsite 13, Sheep pen gap. We will have option to hike 0.5 miles up the nearby Gregory Bald in order to view the Sunset.



   Sunday:  (9 miles)Sunday morning we will east back over Gregory Bald, before heading right to descend via the long hungry ridge trail. Then joining in to Twenty mile trail which follows a creek back to Twenty mile ranger station.




Please plan on bringing an additional $4 to pay for our backcountry permit. This is in addition to gas money for the carpool.


Since we will be sleeping at high elevation, please be prepared for chilly weather. It is recommended to bring a warm top, hat, and rain jacket.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Hiking Boots / Shoes
  • Backpack
  • Tent / Tarp / Hammock 
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleep Pad
  • Food and Snacks (2 days worth)
  • Water and Filtration / Purification device, Drops, or Tablets
  • Headlamp and spare batteries



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  • Camera
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Stove
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Change of Clothes and Towel for Drive Home
  • Maps/GPS
  • Harmonicas,  cards, etc.

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):298Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $119.20 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.



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