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Collins Gulf Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Gruetli-Laager, TN   Hike: Collins Gulf Loop  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Nov 24 2019  6:30 am >> Sun, Nov 24 2019 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Nov 22 2019 10:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Nov 24 2019 6:15 am
Event Duration:13 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:13.5 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:8
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


We will start at Collins West trailhead and immediately make our way into the rocky gorge. We will see a couple waterfalls and a small cave during the first part of the day. In the afternoon we will be making our way back along the rim of the gulf. This part is less interesting than the earlier portion of the hike so we will likely move quicker during this segment. Overall I would describe the planned pace as being moderate.

We should end up covering around 13.5 miles over the course of the day. This write up from the website Hiking the Appalachians and Beyond gives a very good summary of the route we will be taking .

I expect us to finish before dark but you should have a headlamp just in case things don't go as planned. The days are so short right now it doesn't take a lot going wrong to delay things enough that you don't finish before sunset.

Required Items to Bring:

Lunch and snacks


Clothes appropriate for the weather

Headlamp in case it gets dark or we want to look into the cave a bit.

Change of clean clothes for the car

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Sun screen

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):262Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $104.80 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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