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Hickory Creek Trail Loop

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Cohutta Wilderness

Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 24 2008, Sun, May 25 2008  8:00 am >> N/A  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Feb 28 2008 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 22 2008 11:59 pm
Event Duration:Two days, for a distance of 14.5 miles.
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
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:4
Number Registered So Far: 9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Our hike begins at the Rice Camp parking lot, the northern terminus of the East Cowpen Trail. We will follow East Cowpen 4.7 miles to its intersection with Panther Creek Trail. The elevation gain for this section of trail is about 2,000 feet, most of it in the first mile. We will then walk down Panther Creek Trail until it dead ends at Conasauga River Trail, for a distance of 3.7 miles and an elevation loss of about 1,800 feet. Along the way we will negotiate a boulder field right next to Panther Creek Falls. At the end of the trail we will cross the Conasauga River (hopefully without getting our feet wet), and follow Conasauga River Trail 0.4 miles to Bray Field, where we will spend the night. The following day we will ford the Conasauga River and follow Hickory Creek Trail 5.7 miles back to our cars.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Tent.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Headlamp/flashlight.
  • Lunch and dinner for Saturday and breakfast for Sunday.
  • Trail snacks.
  • 1 liter of water.
  • Good hiking boots.
  • Hiking Poles/hiking stick are recommended.
  • Rain Gear/poncho.
  • Recommended Items to Bring:
    Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Sneakers or sandals (to ford the Conasauga).
  • Towel.
  • Hiking Pole/hiking stick.

  • How to Get There:
    Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):170Mile(s)
    Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
    Carpool Location:   Log in for location
    Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
    Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $68.00 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.

  • Rice Camp parking lot is at the end of a three mile section of East Cowpen Road that is passable only by SUV's and large cars. If there are not enough suitable vehicles we will run a three mile shuttle.
  • The organizer will bring filtering equipment to treat water.
  • There is no water on East Cowpen Trail.
    * We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

  • Cost Includes:Please share gas expenses with carpool drivers.

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