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B.R.PKWY-001: Shining Rock Backpacking

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Shining Rock Wildness off Blue Ridge Parkway
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 23 2018  12:00 pm >> Sun, Jun 24 2018 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, May 25 2018 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jun 20 2018 7:00 pm
Event Duration:Approx. 1 Day 2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
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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: No


<<< Shining Rock Wilderness >>>

Bear canister is required to store food, and the maximum group size is 10 in this area set by the US Forest Service. We’ll have to follow these requirements. Be prepared to stay over 6,000 feet elevation on this trip with much cooler weather overnight than in our city.

Covering over 18,000 acres, the Shining Rock Wilderness is the largest wilderness area in North Carolina. It’s off Blue Ridge Parkway south of Asheville. Shining Rock summit is featured with massive boulders of white quartz shining under sunlight with enormous brilliance.

<<< Itinerary >>>

We’ll meet and start from the Sam Knob Trailhead at the end of Black Balsam Knob Road approx. 1 mile off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We first climb about 400 feet in a short 0.6 miles to the top of Black Balsam Knob sitting over 6,000 feet elevation with 360-degree views. We’ll either take our lunch break there or at the next summit. We’ll follow the Art Loeb Trail (ALT) section 3 to our next summit of Tennent Mt. also over 6,000 feet elevation. We’ll continue ALT-3 until we reach Shining Rock Gap where we camp. We’ll take time to enjoy our hike and the views along our way.

It will be a short hike from our campsite to the summit of Shining Rock Mt. We’ll enjoy the surrounds of the quartz mountain top and the beautiful views of sunset and sunrise the next morning. We’ll break camp after breakfast the next day leaving around 11 am to head down the same route back to our cars.

The event duration does NOT include our travelling/ driving time. Our duration time is an estimate, and we need to have some flexibility.

If your experience is not from the club, please include it in a note when you register. TL(s) reserves the right to remove registrants without sufficient track record for the safety of everyone. We encourage our members to actively participate with joyful experience, and most importantly to stay healthy and safe at the end of each event!

Required Items to Bring:


Bear canister to store food

Tent, sleeping bag/pad, or your preferred sleeping system

Water/water filter

Snacks and 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast

Toiletries, flashlight/headlight

Rain gears, Change of clothing

Good hiking boots/shoes.

Cash for carpool driver

If you're in other member’s car: bring extra pair of Clean shoes and change clothing. Only enter with clean shoes. Remove all trash and your belongings.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles


Stove, Cookware, lighter

Anything you like to carry

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Sam Knob Trailhead, Black Balsam Knob Rd, Canton, NC 28716

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):350Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $140.00 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.


1. This event may be cancelled or rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.