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East Cheaha Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cheaha State Park, Talladega National Forest, Alabama   Hike: East Cheaha Loop  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jun 18 2022  9:30 am >> Sat, Jun 18 2022 3:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Jun 9 2022 12:02 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jun 17 2022 9:00 pm
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:13 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


NOTE: This hike is in Alabama. We will meet at the trailhead at 9:30 am Eastern Time (8:30 am Central Time).

From the parking lot, we will walk 5.5 miles south on Cave Creek and Nubbin Creek trails to the Odum Scout Trail, take a right and walk about one mile to Caney Head, where the Odum meets the Chinnabee Silent Trail and the Pinhoti. We will have lunch and then walk about 6 miles back to the parking lot. About 2.5 miles from the parking lot we will do a short detour to a scenic spot where we will stop to rest and take in the views. We will also see the remains of a plane that crashed in the area many years ago. 

Cave Creek trail does not have any steep elevation changes, except towards the end, where it descends rapidly. It starts at the parking lot and ends after 4 miles at Nubbin Creek Trail. In the remaining two miles to the Odum trail we will ascend about 400 ft. This is the hardest part of the trip.

This section of the Pinhoti is very rugged, with many rocks and boulders along the way and several moderate ascents and descents, but is very scenic. 

Required Items to Bring:

At least one and a half liter of water
good walking shoes
trail snacks
Hiking poles, useful for a section that is rocky and rolly

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles
Rehydrating beverages and snacks for the ride home

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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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Cost Includes:

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