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Cheaha Wilderness Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cheaha State Park   Hike: Cheaha Wilderness Loop   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 7 2020  7:00 am >> Sat, Mar 7 2020 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Feb 25 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 6 2020 2:00 am
Event Duration:10 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:13 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Chuck R
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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: 5 / 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.


The Pinhoti Trail is a Southern Appalachian Mountain's long-distance trail, 335 miles in length, located within the states of Alabama and Georgia. This hike will be on Wilderness trails which only allows a maximum of 10 hikers. In some areas no blaze, lots of standing dead with some blowdown and outcropping! This will be a clockwise Loop which will include... Cave Creek Trail, Nubbin Creek, Odom Scout and finishing the loop North on the Pinhoti Trail. The hike will have some climbs but mostly just mileage. Off trail we will have several overviews... Mcdill Point, Hernandez peak. We also will observe the airplane wreckage dated back from the seventies. This will take a hiker with some high D-4s and a couple of recent D-5s. It's gonna be the mileage and outcropping - be sure to have good trail legs and a sense of adventure!

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking boots

Hiking poles

2-3 Liters of water

Snacks or Lunch

Rain gear

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles epipen if you are allergic to bees Change of clothes, socks, shoes for the ride back A towel for the ride back Plastic bag to carry shoes after the hike, and a thank you to your Trip Leader!

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Parking will be at the Cheaha trail head, Cheaha State Park. From the Atlanta area take I- 20 to Alabama exit 191. Turn left (south) on US 431 for about 3.7 miles. Take a right onto County Road 13, which curves back towards AL 281, where it dead ends after about ½ mile. Turn left on AL 281 and continue 11.9 miles. You will see the parking straight ahead, at a point where the highway does a sharp turn to the right, 1/3 mile from the Cheaha resort and park offices.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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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