Shining Rock Wilderness backpacking - Sat, Jul 23 2011, Sat, Jul 23 2011, Sun, Jul 24 2011

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Shining Rock Wilderness backpacking

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Shining Rock Wilderness Area   Backpacking: Shining Rock Wilderness backpacking  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 23 2011, Sat, Jul 23 2011, Sun, Jul 24 2011  6:35 am >> Sat, Jul 23 2011 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:45 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Jul 15 2011 5:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jul 22 2011 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 days/1 night
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced (Exploratory)
Distance:12.7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Michael Johnson
Bob Bunner
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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: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

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.


It's time to escape the heat and head up into the higher mountains
of Shining Rock Wilderness Area, where we'll camp at almost 6k' elevation with
fantastic views from the top of Shining Rock Gap at sunset and if you're an early
bird, sunrise too. This trip is to help prepare us for our trip to the Teton's next month,
 but decided to open it up to others who want to join.

This loop hike takes you from the Big East Fork trailhead to
Grassy Cove and Shining Rock.
Day 1:
Start the loop on the Big East Fork trail and follow this creek side
trail past waterfalls to the Greasy Cove trail. Take the Greasy
cove trail for a strenuous climb to Grassy Cove Top. This time of year we may get ripe
 blueberries, which we'll stop to pick. There the
views will finally start opening up and you will be able to enjoy
views of ridge after ridge. Take the Art Leob Trail North towards
Shining Rock. We'll camp as close to the water source at the gap as we can.
Day 2:
Take the Old Butt Knob Trail back to the trailhead.

Type: Backpacking Hike - Loop
12.7 miles / 20.4 km
2,600 feet / 792 meters
3,400 feet / 1,036 meters
6,000 feet / 1,829 meters

Required Items to Bring:
Tent, backpack, sleeping pad, raingear, extra clothing, flashlight, toilet paper, utensils, cookware, 1-2 lunches, dinner and a breakfast.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles, stove, water filter, snacks, matches or lighter, change of clothes and towel for drive home.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head southeast 0.2 mi
2. Keep right at the fork 0.2 mi
3. Turn left onto Indian Trail Lilburn Rd 0.2 mi
4. Turn left to merge onto I-85 N 11.9 mi
5. Slight left onto I-985 N/Lanier Pkwy (signs for Gainesville) 23.7 mi
6. Continue onto US-23 N
Entering North Carolina 72.4 mi
7. Slight right to merge onto US-23 N/US-441 N/US-64 E/Sylva Rd/U.S 441 Bypass N
Continue to follow US-23 N/US-441 N 20.1 mi
8. Slight right to merge onto US-23 N/US-74 E/Great Smoky Mountains Expy toward Waynesville/Asheville/U.S. 64 E 17.1 mi
9. Take exit 98 toward W Waynesville 0.2 mi
10. Turn right onto Hyatt Creek Rd 0.2 mi
11. Turn left onto S Main St 2.1 mi
12. Turn right onto US-276 S/Pigeon St
Continue to follow US-276 S
Destination will be on the right 17.9 mi

35.365956, -82.817688
US-276 S/Cruso Rd
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):332Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:45 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $132.80 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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