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Bear Creek Backcountry and Waterfall Trail - Cloudland Canyon

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Mar 26 2019  9:30 am >> Tue, Mar 26 2019 4:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 18 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Mar 25 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Ann Howard
Ralph Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:11
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Join us for an exploratory hike to the "recently reopened" Bear Creek Backcountry Trail at Cloudland Canyon.  Starting from the MAIN OVERLOOK parking area, we will take the Overlook Trail to the connector trail to the Bear Creek Trail.

From there, we will head down and cross Bear Creek (we will cross this creek again coming back) and go counterclockwise once we reach the "sweet spot" of this lollipop trail.  There may be two river fords (water higher than boots and no bridge).

Looking for wildflowers!

Along the way, we should see different views of the canyon from what you normally see on the other side hiking the West Rim trail (which we will not do on this trip).

After we return from the Bear Creek Trail we will hike the Two Mile Backcountry Trail and then take the Connector Trail to the Overlook Trail and go down the stairs (and back up afterward!) to go see the two signature waterfalls here -- Cherokee Falls and Hemlock Falls.

The exploratory nature of this backcountry trail plus the hike down and back up the stairs to see the two waterfalls should make this a solid D5 event.  You must complete the waterfall trail to receive credit for this hike.

Elevation gain:  2665 approximately

Trailhead arrival 9:30AM
Trailhead departure 4:30PM
Carpool return 6:15PM

Restrooms at the trailhead

Hey, if you've not completed a recent D5, please send the trip leaders information on your recent hiking experiences (trail name, distance, date, pace), this enable us to ensure group safety.  If I don't get an email from you, I will move you to the waitlist.

Required Items to Bring:

Plenty of fluids for adequate hydration
Trail Snacks and/or lunch
Good hiking shoes/boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Water shoes (for the 2 possible creek crossings)
Hiking poles

Extra socks

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Cloudland Canyon State Park
122 Cloudland Canyon Park Rd.
Rising Fawn , GA 30738

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):200Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $80.00 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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