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Small Group Hike: Jacks River Trail and Falls

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cohutta Wilderness , GA   Hike: Small Group Hike: Jacks River Trail and Falls  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 7 2018  6:30 am >> Sun, Oct 7 2018 9:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Oct 5 2018 5:05 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Oct 6 2018 8:10 pm
Event Duration:14 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:17 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Eric P
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:4
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Tired of huge groups then this small trip(4 people at carpool and up to 2 people meeting at event)* may be for you. The Cohutta Wilderness is one of my favorite spots in Georgia.There was a major flood and storm damage earlier this year. They have done enough maintenance to open trails back up but I don't know if this will mean that there will be more or less blowdowns to negotiate than normal.

Along the course of the hike we will have 20+ river fords and a waterfall. The route we take starting at Dally Gap and looping around with the Hemp Top, Penitentiary Branch and Jacks River Trails should be about 16 miles. I expect the moving pace to be moderate(~3mph) on the easy parts but considerably slower on the slippery river crossings.

The first few miles are on wide and dry easy trails however once we reach the river you will get wet and should expect shin to waist deep water at these crossings, although the average crossing tends to be shin to knee deep.

*Most people really like the added balance offered by hiking poles so they are recommend but not required. Poles also come in handy on the one extended downhill section if you have bad knees. Additionally you will need footwear that you can hike in while they are wet. We will not be stopping at every river crossing to change/remove shoes. I like my trail runners but some people like to have water shoes such as keens or tevas. Please only wear something that you are used to hiking in.

Reasons you may like this hike:

  1. Small group
  2. Very scenic
  3. Splashing through the river
  4. Want to check out the damage from the flood earlier this year
  5. Afraid of driving your car on dirt roads( I will be driving the carpool )


Reasons you may not like this hike:

  1. Less people to talk to
  2. Fear of getting wet
  3. Don't like pretty places
  4. Gone all day. It is likely we will get back between 7 and 8 but plan on being gone all day in case something out of the ordinary happens.


Required Items to Bring:

Lunch and snacks

Water and possibly a filter if you don't want to carry it all

Clothes appropriate for the weather

Dry Clothes for the car

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Sun screen


Hiking Poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will be starting at Dally Gap

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 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.


*Note: I will allow up to two people to meet at the event in addition to the 4 at the carpool. If you drive yourself you are expected to be at the trailhead and ready to hike by 8:15 am.

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

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