Hiking in the Cohuttas - Sat, May 12 2007

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Hiking in the Cohuttas

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cohuttas (Chestnut Lead Trail to Conasauga River and hike out on Tearbritches)
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 12 2007  8:00 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 10 2007 11:59 pm
Event Duration:Per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Paula Schubert
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Moderate to Strenuous (Approx. 8 ˝ mile day hike)

Join us for another adventure in the Cohutta Wilderness. (Note: This hike is different from the hike that we posted for April 28th). This is one of my favorite places to go hiking so on this particular hike we will start off hiking in on the Chestnut Lead Trail. This is a 1.7 mile easy to moderate trail leading down to the Conasauga River, which we will cross and continue hiking downstream following the Conasauga River Trail. There will be 18 river crossings during this 3-mile stretch before we stop for a lunch break near Bray Field. The crossings will be anywhere from ankle deep to knee deep depending on rainfall and it is highly recommended to bring a hiking stick or poles. From Bray Field area, we will pick up the Tearbritches trail. This trail is strenuous since it ascends very sharply in the first .2 of a mile and then gradually gains 2040 ft. in the next 2.7 miles before reaching the summit of Bald Mtn. At the summit, we’ll be at approximately 4000 ft. in elevation and we will gather at the top before we start our descent to the Tearbritches Trail Head where most of our vehicles will be waiting for us.

NOTE: I will be bringing my water filter just in case you run out of water.

Required Items to Bring:
2 Liters of Water or sports drink
Trail Snacks
Watershoes or Sandals for river crossings
Hiking poles/stick can be helpful in river crossings
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Change of clothes/socks for ride home (if you happen to get wet in the river)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
TO TRAILHEAD: Ellijay, GA - From Park and Ride Travel Hwy. I-575 N. to Hwy 515 into Ellijay. Take a left on US 76/GA 282 (Hardees is on the left). It’s a short distance to the Stop light. Take a Left on Hwy. 52 W. into Downtown Ellijay. Follow signs to Hwy 52 W (to your right). Travel approximately 9.5 miles. You will see a sign on the left that says “Lake Conasauga Recreation Area” sign and directly across the road turn right onto Conasauga Rd. (FS 18). Continue 3.5 miles, there’s a wooden chapel on the left and shortly after we’ll take a right onto Old CCC Camp Rd. (FS 68). Continue to the 3 way junction after 6 miles. Turn Left still following FS 68 until you reach the Chestnut lead trail on the right after 2 miles.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Are Dogs Permitted? No, because of the numerous river crossings.

Will this event occur rain or shine? Not in severe weather.

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