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Chattooga River/Ellicott Rock Backpacking

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Chattooga River near Ellicott Rock Wilderness   Backpacking: Chattooga River/Ellicott Rock Backpacking   National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Aug 2 2014  8:00 am >> Sun, Aug 3 2014 4:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jul 22 2014 9:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Aug 1 2014 3:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 8 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:12 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:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Let's go backpacking!  ;-)

We'll start our hike from the Walhalla fish hatchery in South Carolina. It's a 3 mile hike on the East Fork trail down to the Chattooga River where we'll go downriver another mile or so to find a good open camp spot for the group.  Be prepared to hike an extra mile or so to find an appropriate site.

We'll spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming and most likely hike upriver to find the Ellicott Rock Wilderness area marker that's on the 3 state border.  If you want to stand on all three states at the same time, (Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina), the area marker is located on a little island you will have to cross to, through the water, so it will be advantageous to have water shoes to get there; the water can be rushing rapidly here, but it's no more than 15' or so, if memory serves me right.  Round trip hiking from the camp site (depending where we camp) will be approximately 4.5 miles.    

If you want to fish, you'll need a permit (be sure to check that out on your own.)  

On Sunday, after breakfast and some more swimming we'll start the return trip up the East Fork  back to the Fish hatchery.  We can stop for lunch in Walhalla; Carolina Pizza looks good.

Up to 2 well-behaved friendly dogs allowed.

Thank you to Dirk Bertrand for some of this trip description and photo!

Required Items to Bring:
  • Tent, sleeping pad & bag
  • lunch & dinner Saturday
  • breakfast, snacks/lunch on Sunday              
  • 1 liter of water for hiking in
  • water filter & a stove, cookware
  • Yellow Jacket/bee sting remedy - e.g., benedryl.  Hopefully you won't use it.
  • Bug spray
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Swim Suit & Camera
  • Frisbee
  • Music
  • Adult beverages
  • water shoes
  • towel
  • sun screen lotion
  • small day pack

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

I-85 North for 72.3 miles to Exit 1 in SC
Go North on  SC 11 for 20.3 miles
Merge with SC 28 towards Wahalla for 11 miles
Veer right onto SC 107 10 miles to Fish Hatchery Rd
Turn left down to the road to about 2 miles to the parking area.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):230Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $92.00 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.


This a rain or shine trip, unless we have severe weather, in which case we will reschedule the event to a later date.

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