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High Falls Backpacking with optional standing Indian hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Beech Creek/Big Scaly Area, North Carolina   Backpacking: High Falls Backpacking with optional standing Indian hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 14 2018  7:00 am >> Sun, Apr 15 2018 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Mar 30 2018 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 13 2018 12:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
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:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


High Falls is a gorgeous fall (about 200 ft) located below Big Scaly and near Standing Indian Mountain. This is a great opportunity to see and enjoy its beauty and surroundings. Also if you want you can hike to Standing Indian summit (5,499 ft).

The total distance hiked depends on you and can vary between 8 to 15 miles. From the trailhead to High Falls is 2.3 miles one way. From High Fall to campsite is around 2 miles. from campsite to cars is around 5 miles.  We camp near the trail that goes to Big Scaly. 

First Day:
We will leave Indian Trail Park/Ride at 7 am.  We will start our hike at the Beech Creek trailhead north of Tate city. We will cross the Scaly ridge and follow the Beech Creek up (northeast) to the High Falls. If I remember correctly we will have 3 water crossings. When we get to the High Falls we hang out for a little. Then we hike to our campsite and set up our tents. 

After getting to our campsite everyone is free to explore. Or you can gather firewood and enjoy a relaxing day next to the campfire. I am planning to hike to Standing Indian and explore some trails. 

Second Day

If the weather is nice We won't leave before 11. Bring lunch or snacks for after breakfast. 

We can stop for lunch at Clayton. If you prefer not to, arrange this at the carpool on Saturday morning, and bring enough food to sustain you until later Sunday afternoon.  


We have three dogs that accompany us on this trip 

Please arrive at the carpool location 10 minutes before departure time. 



Required Items to Bring:

Sleeping Bag/Sleeping pad
At least 2 L of water and/or sports drink to start
Good hiking boots/shoes
Meals (1 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, snacks)
Cash for the carpool
Rain gear, just in case
Bear bag 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Water purification system

Hiking pole or poles


Bug spray


medicine for your allergies 


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

for directions to trailhead click here: Aq22).

GPS: Tate City, Georgia

34.9953461, -83.5561566

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):210Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $84.00 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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