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Backpack the Art Loeb Trail Northbound (The Fun Way)

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Camp Daniel Boone   Backpacking: Backpack the Art Loeb Trail Northbound (The Fun Way)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 16 2022  6:00 am >> Mon, Apr 18 2022 9:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Mar 23 2022 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Apr 12 2022 7:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Days 15 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:35 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:5
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The Art Loeb Trail is a challenging and beautiful 30 mile trail in the Pisgah National Forest.  The trail offers spectacular views and difficult terrains with sections of the trail popular for day hikes.

The trail serves as a memorial to Art Loeb, a former industrialist and activist from the Carolina Mountain Club, and a man who "deeply loved these mountains."

On the last day, we will add a side trip to Cold Mountain, made famous from the book and movie "Cold Mountain" for an additional 3 miles and 1,000."

One dog in addition to the Trip Leaders Lab, Zeus, will be permitted on the trip so scare away any potential bears.

If registering for this hike, please careful evaluate your plans to minimize last minute cancellations as the shuttle limits the maximum number of participants (including dogs) to 6, and last minute replacements may not be available.

Shuttle Cost:  $150 for the first two people, and $10 for each additional person.  Cost will be split by the number of participants and dogs.  The group size may fluxuate by one or so based on the number of participants and dogs to accomodate the shuttle. Minimum shuttle cost will $38(including tip) per space if the maximum of 6 sign up.

Please Note:  Bear Canisters are required

Arrive at Camp Daniel Boone by 9:30am, and gather items and be ready for shuttle.  Shuttle will depart by 10:00am.


Day 1:  9 - 11 miles, 3200"

Shuttle departs at 10:00am, and we will start our hike at 11:00am.  For those up to it, we will set up camp then take a side trip to Cedar Rock Mountain.  We will set up camp somewhere near Butter Gap Shelter.

Day 2:  14 miles, 5,500"

We will get an early start for our most scenic and challenging day.  We will enjoy the views at Black Balsam Knob and Tennent Mountain, and continue for a few more miles to our campsite near Shining Rock area.

Day 3: 10 miles, 1800'

We start the day with a side trip to Shining Rock, then follow along the ridgeline to the junction of the Cold Mountain Trail.  Here we will take another side trip to Cold Mountain, then continue back on the Art Loeb Trail to our cars.

On the way home, we will stop in Waynesville for dinner.

The trip leader reserves the right to consider participant's past history and to make the final determination for participation on this hike.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER BACKPACK *** You must be in good physical condition and be able to hike long distances and keep a moderate pace. ***

Required Items to Bring:

Bear Canisters are required


Tent / hammock

Sleeping bag/Sleeping pad

Appropriate clothes

Rain gear

Cooking gear

Water filter / treatment

2-3 L Water and electrolytes per day

Food for 3 days

Personal Toiletries

If carpooling, change of clothes and shoes

$Cash, Venmo, or Zelle for carpool and shuttle

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

Hiking Poles

Thin Gloves (to help gather firewood)

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):334Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $133.60 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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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.