East Cheaha Loop - Sat, Nov 3 2012, Sun, Nov 4 2012

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East Cheaha Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Cheaha State Park, Talladega National Forest, Alabama
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 3 2012, Sun, Nov 4 2012  10:30 am >> Sun, Nov 4 2012 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 11 2012 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 2 2012 10:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 7 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:14 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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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:5
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


From the parking lot, we will walk 6 miles south on Cave Creek and Nubbin Creek trails to the Odum Scout Trail, take a right and walk about one mile to Caney Head, where the Odum meets the Chinnabee Silent Trail and the Pinhoti. We will camp here overnight, and the next day we will walk about 7 miles to the parking lot. About 2.5 miles from the parking lot we will do a short detour to a scenic spot where we will stop to rest and have a snack. We will also see the remains of a plane that crashed in the area many years ago. 
Optional: After the hike we may have Sunday brunch at the restaurant in Cheaha. The view from the restaurant is really spectacular. After brunch we may drive to the summit of Mount Cheaha, which at 2407 ft. is the highest point in Alabama.

NOTES: We will meet at the trailhead at 10:30 am Eastern Time (Alabama is on Central Time).

Cave Creek trail does not have any steep elevation changes, except towards the end, where it descends a bit rapidly. It starts at the parking lot and ends after 4 miles at Nubbin Creek Trail. In the remaining two miles to the Odum trail we will ascend about 400 ft. This is the hardest part of the trip.

This section of the Pinhoti is very rugged, with many rocks and boulders along the way and several steep ascents and descents, but is very scenic. 

Required Items to Bring:

Some water. Good walking shoes, sleeping bag and mat, cooking utensils, food for lunch and dinner, and trail snacks.

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Tent. A walking stick would be useful. There is water at the campsite and I will bring filtering equipment. 

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Cheaha trail head, Cheaha State Park. Drive east on I 20 to Alabama exit 191. Turn left (south) on US 431 for about 3.7 miles. Take a right onto County Road 131 towards AL 281, where it dead ends after about ½ mile. Turn left on AL 281 and continue 11.9 miles. You will see the parking straight ahead, at a point where the highway does a sharp turn to the right, 1/3 mile from the Cheaha resort and park offices.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):160Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $64.00 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.


-I have a couple of extra tents that I can lend

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Cost Includes:

Share gas costs with carpool driver. If you stay for brunch it will cost you around $12. To drive to the summit of Mt. Cheaha costs a couple of dollars per person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.