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Cold Mountain Loop - No Carpool

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Shining Rock Wilderness   Hike: Cold Mountain Loop - No Carpool  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 6 2021  8:00 am >> Sat, Mar 6 2021 6:00 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 15 2021 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Mar 3 2021 8:00 pm
Event Duration:10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:16.3 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Steve H
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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: 7 / 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.


Cold day on cold mountain! We start at the Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp Ground. Taking Little East Fork Trail for the start of the counter-clockwise loop. Head south at around mile 6 meet up with the Shining Rock Gap. We will have access to Shining Rock Mountain (5,500 ft) at a short distance. After Shining Rock we take Art Loeb Trail and head due North to Stairs Mountain ( 5,869). Our climb will be on the spine of a Ridge called The Narrows until descending into Deep Gap at mile 9. There we'll take the Cold Mountain trail (6,030) for a out & back 3 mile round trip ( elevation gain of 1,000 ft ). After taking in the views we re-trace our steps back to the Art Loeb Trail and head back for the cars to finish the loop for 4.3 miles. be prepared, this will be a steep descent. Mountain Travel for this hike is approximately (4,300 ). I will request A.O.C. experienced D-5 & D-6 hikes with over several 15 mile North Georgia Mountain hikes within 6 months of time....The Trip leader does reserve the right to move you back to the waiting list if needed.

Credit to Chuck R. For write up and photo.

Required Items to Bring:

2-3 Litres water, Trail Snacks, Lunch, Emergency Rain Gear, Cash, Broken-in Hiking Boots, Head lamp.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Recommended Items to Bring: Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need. 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 Water filter.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Meet at Camp Daniel Boone 3647 Little East Fork Rd Canton N/C 28716

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