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Rescheduled: Chattooga River/Bartram Trail, Warwoman Dell to Russell Bridge

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Bartram Trail   Backpacking: Rescheduled: Chattooga River/Bartram Trail, Warwoman Dell to Russell Bridge  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 10 2018  8:30 am >> Sun, Mar 11 2018 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 18 2018 8:11 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 9 2018 3:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:19 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:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 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.


Due to forecasts of heavy rain, this event was rescheduled from the original date of Feb 10-11.

Join me as we backpack a nice long section of the Bartram Trail.  We'll start at Warwoman Dell.  After everyone gets their gear situated, we will shuttle as many cars as possible up to Russell Bridge and return.  

Beginning at Warwoman Dell (elevation 1,950'), we will follow the Bartram Trail generally southeast gradually climbing over the next few miles.  Continuing just north of Rainy Mountain at an elevation of 2,582' we will continue on to the high point of out hike, an unnamed peak at mile 4.6 (2,745').  From there, we will gradually decend over the next 4 plus miles to the Chattooga River and Sandy Ford, the lowest point on our hike at 1,625'.  We'll continue a short distance to Dicks Creek Falls and choose one of the many campsites in the area.  This area is heavily used due to the accessability of Sandy Ford Road, but hopefully it won't be too bad in the winter.  We should hike about 9-10 miles on the first day.

We'll set up camp, relax and have dinner.  Hopefully we will be able to have a nice campfire if the conditions are good.  After a good nights sleep and breakfast, we'll break camp and head northeast on the Chattooga River / Bartram Trail.  This section of the trail roughly parallels the river with occasional views of the river.  We'll hike along with little elevation gain for the next 8-9 miles before reaching the end of our hike at the Russell Bridge.  

I will have my 2 dogs with me.  Up to 2 more well behaved dogs will be allowed on the trip.  

Disclaimer:  I haven't hiked this section of trail before.  But I have good maps, guidebook and a gps, so I don't anticipate any issues with the route.  

Poor weather conditions will result in a postponement or cancellation.  Although at a relatively low elevation, this is still a winter trip.  You should be prepared for winter conditions.

Required Items to Bring:

General winter/spring backpacking gear

Warm sleeping bag


2-3 liters of water

Warm clothing / layers

Rain gear

cooking gear

Food:  1 dinner, 1 lunch, 1 breakfast and trail snacks

hat and gloves

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

From the park and ride, take I85 north for about 11 miles.  Exit left onto I985.  Stay straight on this road as it becomes US441 all the way to Clayton.  We will stop at Burger King on the right and regroup and go from there.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):110Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $44.00 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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