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West Rim Loop Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cloudland Canyon State Park, at the main trailhead parking.
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Jul 15 2020  10:00 am >> Wed, Jul 15 2020 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Jul 8 2020 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jul 15 2020 6:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:5.2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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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: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Formerly rated as one of the top ten hikes in the U.S. by Backpacker Magazine, the West Rim Loop Trail is a five-mile lollipop style hike featuring several overlooks that showcase Cloudland Canyon State Park’s rugged geology, deep canyons, dense woodland, and views beyond. From the Main Trailhead, we drop down to Daniel Creek and cross over it. The trail then proceeds uphill to a rocky promontory. After about 1.2 miles, the loop component of the hike begins. At about mile 3.8, we will complete the loop and then head back to the Main Trailhead, retracing our steps of the first 1.2 miles. The trail is marked by yellow blazes and is rocky and rooty in several locations. The elevation change is a little over 1,000 ft.

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sturdy hiking shoes, walking poles, insect repellent

How to Get There:
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The address is: 122 Cloudland Canyon Park Road, Rising Fawn, GA 30738. We will meet at the main trailhead parking. The distance from Atlanta is around 120 miles.


If you want to stay overnight in this area, you could also do the General Bragg Trail (an AOC event), at nearby Fort Oglethorpe.

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