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Beginners Wilderness Hike: Cohutta Beech Bottom Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cohutta Wilerness Beech Bottom Trail   Hike: Beginners Wilderness Hike:  Cohutta Beech Bottom Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Feb 3 2019  9:00 am >> Sun, Feb 3 2019 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 17 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Feb 3 2019 7:07 am
Event Duration:9 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:10.4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
Todd M
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This is an awesome in and out trip into the heart of the Cohuttas.  The Beech Bottom Trail is an old country road that was used to reach the farms just upstream from the crown jewel of the Cohutta Wilderness:  The Jacks River Falls.

I am organizing this trip for those who may be new to wilderness hiking. But it will be fun for anyone!  We hope beginners will use it as an opportunity to get out there on the trail.

The pace will be slow to accommodate anyone who doesn't wish to go fast and to allow us ample time to look around and take photos along the way.  We will stop briefly at the waterfall at the turn around point of the hike and have lunch.  For those who wish, we will scramble and climb up the hill from the falls to get back on the trail and, in doing so, cut off about a mile of the trail that goes back around the bottoms area [see map below].

Things to know: 

-distance 8-9 miles

-elevation gain 1900 feet

-some shallow water crossings of Beech Creek [people don't usually use water shoes for these]

-if you are driving A regular vehicle can travel on the roads of the wilderness without issue although it is a gravel and dirt road.

Here's our hike map.

Required Items to Bring:

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-2 liters of water

Recommended Items to Bring:
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trekking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Beech Bottom Trailhead.  Copperhill, TN 37317. Alaculsy, Tennessee.

Google Maps link.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):178Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $71.20 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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