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Backpacking to Cold Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: The Shining Rock Wilderness of Pisgah National Forest
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 5 2004  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 27 2004 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Joe Donovan
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 3 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Strenuous (2790 feet of elevation gained the first

Our backpacking will start at the trailhead of the Art Leob Trail. We will travel on the Art Leob Trail until we reach Deep Gap. At Deep Gap we will reach the Cold Mountain Trail. At this point, travel will be on the Cold Mountain Trail until we leave the trail (minor bushwhacking) to reach our camping area. The following morning we will return on the Cold Mountain Trail to Deep Gap. We will continue on the Art Leob Trail from where we turned off of it the previous day. While on the Art Leob Trail, we will be hiking across a rocky, knife-edge ridge called The Narrows to Stairs Mountain to Crawford Creek Gap to Shining Rock Gap. From the Shining Rock Gap we will be able to explore Shining Rock.

After this lunch stop and returning to Shining Rock Gap we will catch the Investor Gap Trail to the Little East Fork Trail back to our cars.

PLEASE NOTE: No campfires are permitted in this wilderness area.

Water source is approximately a half mile from the camping area. This will require an additional container to carry the water for our use at the camp area.

Investor Gap Trail & Little East Fork Trail are shared trails with horses.

Required Items to Bring:
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Sleeping bag & pad
Appropriate clothing for the temperatures
Rain gear
Sunscreen and bug repellent
Headlamp or flash lamp
Large container for water (please note closest water source is 1/2 mile away from campsite)
Packed lunch

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Pisgah National Forest Meet at carpool only I-85 north to I-985 north to US 23 north continue to Waynesville, NC. Turning right onto US 276 south continue until taking a right onto NC 215 south turn left onto SR 1129 (Little East Fork Road) continue 3.5 to 4 miles to trailhead parking at the Daniel Boone Scout Camp.


Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:$15.00 for dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday.

Please pay within 10 days of sign up in order to hold your spot on the trip. No Refunds after May 27th.

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