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Georgia Pinhoti Trail - Bear Creek Part II

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cohutta Wilderness
Date(s) & Time:Tue, May 2 2023  9:00 am >> Tue, May 2 2023 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Apr 20 2023 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, May 2 2023 6:42 am
Event Duration:6 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:14 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
RonnyJ (Call me Ron)
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

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.


I have really been enjoying exploring the Pinhoti Trail in Alabama and Georgia. This section of the trail is in the Cohuttas and promises to be awesome! This section will complete my Pinhoti adventure in Georgia... only a few miles left in Alabama!

We will park at the Bear Creek Trailhead and start heading northish. After about a half mile we will ford our first creek of the day. Bear Creek is about 20 feet wide and will require creek shoes to cross. After the creek we will walk about .1 mile and arrive at the Gennett Poplar. This is the biggest tree in Georgia and deserves a big hug. At about the 3 mile mark we will cross 3 creeks in about a quarter mile. We will hike in our creek shoes for a short while until we have forded all 3. Back on go the boots and up the hill we go until we reach the 5 mile mark where we will ford the Crenshaw Branch, at about 20 feet of width this creek will require a change of shoes as well. After the creek we will have a 2 mile ascent to Buddy Cove Gap, the highest elevation point of the Pinhoti Trail. Somewhere along the way we will stop for lunch before retracing our steps back to our cars.

This is a long D5 hike with about 3000 feet of gain, recent D5 experience is required to join the fun. Those without the proper experience should expect an email from the trip leaders for vetting purposes.

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Required Items to Bring:



Water shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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50 pound bag of cement

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):100Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $40.00 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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