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Panthertown Valley

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Panthertown Valley
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 26 2012  8:00 am >> Sun, May 27 2012 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sat, May 19 2012 9:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 24 2012 10:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 10 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:14 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Michael Johnson
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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:6
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes




Panthertown Valley, a/k/a Yosemite of the East, is a beautiful area with plenty of waterfalls. In addition, there are hundreds of species of trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, mosses, lichens and large mushrooms. Panthers no longer roam the valley, but you may see deer, fox, raccoon, skunk, barred owl, grouse and snakes. The streams are full of brook trout. And the views from the top of the cliffs are absolutely spectacular! Be prepared to backpack about 1.5 miles to our campsite near Tuckasegee river just past the Sandbar Pool; the campsite is very nice and flat. After setting up camp, and eating lunch, we will either be hiking to the top of Cold Mountain, which is about a 1000’ elevation gain, and about an 8 mile round trip, or going to a special waterfall that requires navigating down a very little used trail, that seems more like an animal trail than anything.
On Sunday we can take a short hike to School House Falls and the top of Little Green Mtn for another beautiful view of the valley below. After the Sunday hike, we will break camp and backpack out the way we came in, about 1.5 miles, but since it goes back up and out of the valley, you need to be in good shape. So come join us on our adventure to this valley nestled along the eastern continental divide. This is a nature's lover hike, and we won't be rushing from one place to another, or rushing to get back to the city. But you'll still need to be in good shape, so pay more attention to the mileage and elevation gain rather than the rating, which is more generalized. These mountains are high, and the terrain can be rugged for those unprepared.

Required Items to Bring:

Please bring a lunch, dinner and a breakfast. You may want to bring a lunch or snack for Sunday on our day hike. Also bring a water filter, or arrange with a friend to borrow one. We may stop for some food on the way back to Atlanta.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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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: 8:00 am
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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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