Dog Friendly Backpacking Panthertown Valley - Fri, Oct 14 2011

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Dog Friendly Backpacking Panthertown Valley

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Panthertown Valley, near Cashiers, NC   Backpacking: Dog Friendly Backpacking Panthertown Valley  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Oct 14 2011  4:00 pm >> Sun, Oct 16 2011 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 4:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Sep 29 2011 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Oct 12 2011 10:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 22 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Chris L
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
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: Yes


This is a weekend dog friendly backpacking trip to Panthertown Valley. We plan to leave Atlanta on Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM so that we have enough time to set up camp before it gets to dark. If you would like to join us on this backpacking trip but cannot leave that early, you are welcome to meet the group at the campsite. The hike to the campsite is approximately 1.5 to 2 miles downhill. We will set up camp near the Tuckasegee River just past the Sandbar Pool. On Saturday we will do a day hike that is 8 miles with 1000’ in elevation gain. We will return to our camp for dinner and a nice campfire. On Sunday morning, after breakfast, we can do another short hike to a waterfall or break camp and head back up the trail we hiked in on Friday. 

If you sign up for this backpacking trip you must like to have fun and be comfortable spending a lot of time around dogs. We expect 6 to eight dogs on this trip.

Required Items to Bring:

Backpacking Essentials 

  • Backpack and small day pack
  • Sturdy hiking boots, socks, and liners
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • 2 breakfasts, 1 trail lunch, and 2 dinners
  • Stove (If you don't have one, prearrange to share!)
  • Trail snacks
  • 2 liters of water (Water source available)
  • Water Filter (or prearrange to share)
  • Rain Gear/ponch
  • Bag and Rope to hang Bear Bag
  • Toiletries
  • Whistle and First Aid kit
  • Provisions for your dog
  • A sense of humor!
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking Poles
  • Warmer clothing: thermals and fleece (It gets chilly at night)

  • How to Get There:
    Event Directions:North on I-85 to exit 1 in SC, then north on Hwy 11 about 20 miles to Walhalla. Then north on Hwy 28 and branch to right on Hwy 107 north to Cashiers. At the stoplight in Cashiers, take US 64 east for 2 miles to Cedar Creek Road (SR 1120) and take a left. Proceed on Cedar Creek Road for 2.3 miles to Breedlove Road (SR 1121) and turn right. Proceed onto Breedlove Road for 3.5 miles to the Forest Service gate and the Salt Rock Gap trailhead.
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Mile(s)
    Carpool Departure Time: 4:00 pm
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    Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $96.00 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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