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Walls of Jericho and Mill Creek Blow hole




The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Walls of Jericho   Hike: Walls of Jericho and Mill Creek Blow hole  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 7 2020  7:00 am >> Sat, Mar 7 2020 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Feb 27 2020 7:22 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Mar 6 2020 4:58 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:10 Miles
Pace:Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Ron Jacobs
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

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.

Itinerary:

If you like cool and weird geological features, this hike is for you! We will see creeks suddenly flowing out of a cave, a waterfall flowing into a catherdral and immediately dissappearing underground only to reappear .5 mile away flowing from a cave. This is the Walls of Jericho!

We will start at the Tennessee trailhead of the Walls of Jericho trail. After about 1.5 miles we will take a quick right on the Mill Creek Loop trail for a jaunt over to the Mill Creek Blow hole. There is a short scamble here, but we will see Mill Creek shoot out of a cave and immediately flow into a slot canyon. Fun! After we snap a few pictures and tell a few jokes, back to the main trail for about 3.5 miles. We will need to do some light scrambling over and around some boulders to reach the highlight of the trip, the Walls of Jericho. Here we will see a waterfall disappear into the ground and reappear downstream. This will be our lunch spot.  After lunch, we retrace our steps back to our cars to complete our out and back adventure. Through out this hike we will be moving at a brisk pace so we can stop and enjoy the highlights.

This is a solid D4 hike with rough terrain and light scrambling, I reserve the right to move under experienced adventurers to the waiting list.


Required Items to Bring:

Lunch

Camera

Socks

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Pants

Treats

Sense of adventure


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We will start at the Tennessee trailhead of this trail.  Don't be fooled and park at the Alabama trailhead. Trailhead location

We will arrive at the trailhead about 9:30 EASTERN time.  This trailhead is in the Central timezone.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):276Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $110.40 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.

Notes:


* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.


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