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Jones Gap to Caesars Head with Three Waterfalls

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area   Hike: Jones Gap to Caesars Head with Three Waterfalls  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 3 2018  9:30 am >> Sat, Feb 3 2018 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 24 2018 8:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 2 2018 5:00 pm
Event Duration:8 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:17 Miles
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Member Cost:$5.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The 11,000 acre Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area is home to Jones Gap and Caesars Head state parks in northern South Carolina which are linked through a series of interconnected trails.  Our 17-mile hike will include a beautiful walk along the Middle Saluda River with stops to see three major waterfalls - Rainbow Falls, Jones Gap Falls, and Raven Cliff Falls.

We will begin our hike at Jones Gap State Park following the Middle Saluda River on the 5-mile Jones Gap Trail.  Along the way, we will take a right and hike up the Rainbow Falls Trail (3 miles roundtrip) to see our first major waterfall and then return back to the Jones Gap Trail to see Jones Gap Falls.  We will continue along the Jones Gap Trail until we reach Ceasars Head State Park where we will hike about 4 miles to Raven Cliff Falls and back.  Finally, we will return to our cars following Jones Gap Trail again (approx 5 miles).

This is NOT a beginners hike, so please be sure you are in good physical condition. The pace will be on the faster side of moderate (2.5-3.0 mph), but we will take a break for lunch as well as stop to take photos along the way.

Required Items to Bring:

Water or Energy Drinks
Trail Snacks
Good Hiking Shoes/Boots

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Jones Gap State Park
303 Jones Gap Rd
Marietta, SC 29661

GPS Coordinates:
35.1254872, -82.5653854

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):295Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $118.00 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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Member Cost:$5.00/Person
Cost Includes:

$5.00/Person SC State Park Admission Fee

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