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In Search Of with Leonard Nimoy . . . The Sugar Cove!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Three Forks Mountain, GA   Hike: In Search Of with Leonard Nimoy . . . The Sugar Cove!    National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 24 2011  8:00 am >> Sat, Sep 24 2011 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Wed, Sep 14 2011 6:20 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Sep 24 2011 6:20 am
Event Duration:12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 13 / 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.
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I have never searched for this trail, but have wanted to see it for a long time.  It is off of the established Rough Ridge Trail and is not expected to be as adventurous as it may sound.  The Sugar Cove Trail was once one of the five interior trails of the Cohutta Wilderness.  It was actually closed a few years ago due to lack of use.  But, the cove is supposed to be one of the most remote and beautiful areas in the Wilderness.  It boasts having the largest old growth trees around.   This hike involves about a thousand feet of altitude gain/loss.  It still exists in print and on my GPS, so it shouldn't be too hard to locate.

We will meet at 8:00 a.m. at Chastain Road Park ‘n Ride and then drive to Elijay.  We will then drive north on Hyw 52 to Cohutta’s East Cowpen Trailhead at Three Forks Mountain.  

We will hike up East Cowpen, then right on Rough Ridge, then right onto Sugar Cove for some exploring up until it intersects at Jacks River Trail where we will turn back. All of this is around 5 miles one way.  We can stop in at Muchos Kaliente on the drive back.



Required Items to Bring:
good hiking shoes
2 liters of water
lunch and snacks
Recommended Items to Bring:
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hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:see description
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):154Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:15 am
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