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Sope Creek/ Cochran Shoals 12 Mile Extravaganza

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sope Creek Parking. 3760 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta GA 30067
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 22 2022  8:30 am >> Sat, Jan 22 2022 12:45 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 17 2022 5:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 21 2022 8:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:12 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
Gary 'L'
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 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.


Join us as we enjoy the Sope Creek and Cochran Shoals CRNA areas.

We will begin at the Sope Creek Parking lot and head down to the ruins. Today we will cross the Paper Mill Road Bridge and walk by the ruins on the other side of the creek. 

After this we will come back across the bridge and head to Sibley Pond, then weave through the many trails into Cochran Shoals. Once in Cochran Shoals we will head through to the bathroom for a break. We will make our way at a fast pace on the asphalt wide path all the way to Interstate North. After another short break, we will turn around and then get off trail hanging a left to the swampy boardwalk. 

We will be on hiking trails, bike trails and running trails so consider your footwear. 

We gain some significant elevation on the back trails of Cochran Shoals and it can be a bit muddy.

We will then head back taking some of the same and some different trails and weave back to the parked cars. We wil try to avoid the bike trails where we can, but we will be sharing some of them with bikers, so single file and stay right as they come past. We will go past the pond again before we finish to get to our 12 mile mark and gain our last few feet to bring our total up to 1500. 

Why is this exploratory? Even though we know these trails well, we want to increase our usual D2 6 mile hike to a D4 12 ish mile hike for those wishing to do more miles and hot the 1500 ft mark. We will be exploring the routes as we go. We ahve done this hike sevaral times and we have been using the same route. Today we are adding on another mile at the end. 

If you sign up, be prepared to finish 15 minutes either side of the published finish time.

This is not a beginners hike. We will keep up an aggresive 3mph + for the duration of the hike. This hike will offer about 1500 ft of elevation change, so a fast pace should be very manageable. 

Trailhead location

Required Items to Bring:

Good shoes,


Correct weather layers


Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles


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