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Bartram Trail to Cheoah Bald

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Near Bryson City, NC
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 30 2017  7:30 am >> Sun, Oct 1 2017 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Sep 18 2017 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Sep 28 2017 8:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mark P
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:6
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Cheoah Bald is also known as the “Grandstand of the Atlantic” due to the beautiful views, and it is the tallest peak in the Cheoah Mountains of southwestern North Carolina.

From the start, the trail climbs the entire way up to Cheoah Bald, for an elevaton gain of 3,400" in 5 miles.  The trail is mostly along Ledbetter creek with several rock hopping water crossings, and passing by the 30 foot Bratram Falls.  There will be plenty of opportunities to refill your water until the last mile, so all your water will have to brought up to the Bald.

Cheoah Bald is above Nantahala Gorge, with the view of many mountain ranges.  Nantahala Mountains, Chunky Gal Mountain, Tusquitee Mountains, and Valley River Mountains in the Nantahala National Forest.

Dogs are allowed but they should be on leash at the campsite.  After enjoying the sunrise and breakfast, we'll head down the trail this time and be back in Atlanta at a reasonable time.

Required Items to Bring:

Items for Backpacking

Tent, Sleeping Bag, Water Filter, Water

Hiking Boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Regroup at the McDonalds in Franklin, NC for additional directions.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):270Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $108.00 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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