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Big Scaly Mountain Waterfall Loop
|Event Location:||Big Scaly Mountain, NC|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Nov 15 2014 10:00 am >> Sat, Nov 15 2014 4:00 pm (Carpool Departure: 7:45 am *log in for location*)|
|Registration Opens:||Sat, Nov 8 2014 8:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Nov 14 2014 9:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||11 hours, including driving time, 13 if you go to dinner|
|Difficulty Rating:||D5: Difficult (Exploratory)|
|Trip Leader(s):||Thomas W.|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||12|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
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Big Scaly is the mountain just below Standing Indian. This hike is a loop of about 11 miles and has about 2,500 feet of elevation gain.
We will start with the acension of Scaly Ridge and then down to Beech Creek for the first of 3 stream crossings (this first one often requires boot removal). We will follow the rushing stream up Beech Creek to the switchbacks under the cliffs of Big Scaly. Then we will take a quarter mile side trail to view the 200' High Falls and have our lunch break.
Returning to the main trail and continuing up, we will eventually reach the high flat valley between Big Scaly Mountain and Standing Indian that leads to Case Knife Gap. At the Gap we will take a left uphill for a one mile round trip to the summit of Big Scaly Mountain at 5,060' and an overlook that affords a fine unobstructed view to the west.
Then we will backtrack down to Case Knife Gap and left to
continue down the Chimney Rock trail. A few miles down the trail is an
optional quarter mile side trail to the left to view Chimney Rock (keep your
eyes peeled for the cairn on the left if you don't want to miss it). Here, the
rock climbers can scramble up the pitch to another fine viewpoint.
|How to Get There:|
Take I-85 N to I-985 N which turns into US 23/441 to Clayton
GA. Pit stop at Chick-Fil-A on left! (For bathrooms and "to go" only - we do
not plan to sit down and eat.) Then go West on US 76 about eight miles.
Turn right on Persimmon Rd, near the volunteer fire department and sign
for Tallulah River Campgrounds. Continue about 4.2 miles to left at Tallulah
River Rd. This road will turn to gravel after a mile or so and leads thru
gorge to Tate City. Follow to NC state line. Trailhead parking will come up
soon on the left.
|Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):||220Mile(s)|
|Carpool Departure Time:||7:45 am|
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|Carpool Cost:||Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $88.00 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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