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Beech Creek Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Tate City Rd, Hayesville, NC 28904
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Mar 17 2022  9:15 am >> Thu, Mar 17 2022 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 7 2022 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 17 2022 6:00 am
Event Duration:5 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
Leigh B
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This is a FUN and DIFFICULT hike! The views and waterfalls are so worth the drive.

Join us as we traverse the Beech Creek Loop, a waterfall lovers dream with a lunch spot on Big Scaly Mountain with awesome views.

We will start at a small parking area and begin with a steep but short ascent quickly followed by our wettest crossing of the day. Rock hopping is a possibility, but it would be a good idea to change into water shoes for this crossing. We will continue to walk next to and over Beech Creek for the first 5 miles of the trek with brief stops at two really nice water falls. After we move away from Beeck Creek we will climb Big Scaly for great views and a mediocre lunch. After lunch, it is all downhill as we walk next to the Chimney Rock Branch and the Tallulah River as we make our way over difficult terrain. The last mile or so is a road walk and we will be happy to see our cars after a long awesome day.

This is a difficult D5 hike with steep climbs and difficult terrain, recent D5 experience is required to join the fun.

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking shoes for rough terrain

Water shoes for one crossing

Plenty of water

Lunch and or snacks

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Rain Gear

Hiking Poles

How to Get There:
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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):190Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $76.00 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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