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Backpacking Chattooga River Wilderness

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Foothills Trail
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 20 2005  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Aug 14 2005 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
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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: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Moderate to Strenuous

When we arrive at the trailhead off of Hwy. 107 in South Carolina, we backpack some 4 ½ miles, stopping on the way, at Lick Log Falls. Then we arrive at our large primitive camping area (no facilities except for fire ring) next to the Chattooga River; with a nice swimming hole to beat the summer heat. After setting up our tents we will enjoy the water to beat the summer heat and visit the nearby Rock Gorge Falls, and weather permitting star gaze out by the Chattooga. The next morning, we can all sleep in, wake up with nature, enjoy breakfast and we can all enjoy foot dipping or swimming again. Then we will hike 2 miles to the wild and powerful Big Bend Falls on the Chattooga River, before returning to pack up and hike out to our cars.
Optional hike--After arriving at our cars, a short drive to Burrells Ford (some 7 miles total) will take us to a short day hike (2 miles easy to moderate) to the prettiest of the waterfalls this area has to offer—King Creek Falls—some 85 feet high and dazzlingly beautiful.
NOTE: Any distinctive smelling foods, toothpaste, soaps will have to be hung in the evening-leader will bring rope and plastic bags to do so.
We will decide this by e-mail and at the mandatory pre-trip meeting the Thursday before the event.

Required Items to Bring:
At least one liter or quart of water (leader will have water filter for additional water on the trail), supportive shoes or hiking boots, backpack and related gear (campstoves, tent, raingear, sleeping bag, etc.)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Swimming suits if you wish to dip in the river, lightweight, non-smelly bear attracting food if possible. Camera--if you wish to take good pictures of the many beautiful scenic opportunities offered on this trail.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:South Carolina Meet at park and ride only From the Indian Trail park and ride lot we drive some 68 miles up following I-85 north and exit at the very first exit (exit 1) in South Carolina, just after crossing over the Lake Hartwell Bridge. From there we travel north on scenic highway 11, and turn and pass through Walhalla, SC up highway 28 north to Highway 107 to our trailhead parking.


Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? Not if exceptionally heavy thundershowers are forecast.

NOTE: Please be considerate of others. If you sign-up and cannot attend, please e-mail the trip leader, so others that may be on a waiting list may attend.

E-mail the trip leader to be put on a waiting list if the trip is at the max number of attendees.
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Cost Includes:Shared gas expenses paid to carpool driver and inexpensive and good Mexican dinner in Walhalla, SC after hiking on Sunday.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.