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Glen Falls, Chinquapin Mtn, & Picklesimer Falls - Go where you’ve never been

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Blue Valley, NC   Hike: Glen Falls, Chinquapin Mtn, & Picklesimer Falls - Go where you’ve never been  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 16 2017  8:00 am >> Sat, Dec 16 2017 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Dec 7 2017 8:08 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Dec 15 2017 2:22 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:6.5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 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.


Tired of seeing the same old stuff time and time again? Want to check out something new? Well come join us for an adventure to some new spots - Chinquapin Mountain, Glen Falls, and Picklesimer Rock House Falls. Even if you've been to any of these locations, we're sure this will be a new and exciting route!

We will start the hike in the Blue Valley near the East Fork of Overflow Creek and will hike up a trail that mostly parallels the creek until reaching our first destination, Glen Falls. Glen Falls is a triple waterfall with 4 scenic overlooks which we will visit. The trail will start out with mild incline, but will soon climb very steeply, gaining about 500 ft in only a half mile, until we reach Glen Falls. We will make a stop at each of the viewpoints to enjoy the falls.

We will then continue our climb to the next destination on the list, Chinquapin Mountain. The trail starts out crossing the East Fork of Overflow Creek and then has many other tributary crossings and switchbacks. There are supposedly a couple small waterfalls and at least 4 overlooks located along the trail, which provide views of Whiteside Mtn, Rabun Bald, and the Blue Valley. After taking in the views along the Chinquapin Trail, we will then head off-trail towards the final destination, Picklesimer Rock House Falls.

The entire route down the mountain to Picklesimer Rock House Falls will be off-trail and steep! Picklemiser Falls is created by a small stream free-falling over a 40ft deeply recessed bluff (rock house).

NOTE: This hike will be have approximately 2,100 feet of ascent and about 2 miles of very steep off-trail hiking. If you are not comfortable hiking off-trail on very steep terrain, then this hike will not be suitable for you. You should also have recent and solid D4+ hiking experience to register for this hike.

We will be stopping for dinner in Clayton after the hike. If you do not wish to stop, you should make your plans known and carpool accordingly.



Required Items to Bring:
  • Sturdy Boots/Shoes
  • Food - lunch & snacks
  • Water/sports drink - at least 2.5 liters
  • Rain gear - even if the chances of rain are slim
  • Change of clothes/shoes for the ride home
  • Sense of adventure
  • Cash for the carpool driver
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Camera
  • bacon or rice crispy treats

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):220Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $88.00 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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