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Panthertown Valley Backpacking Trip

  • Nov 2, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Come see the 'Yosemite of the East' in gorgeous early fall colors!

Panthertown Valley is known as the Yosemite of the East.   There are quite a few comparisons to be made - granite features and domes - waterfalls - beautiful meadows, creeks, and mountains. This is one of my all time favorite places to visit east of the Mississippi.

This is a 'slackpacking' trip which means we will not hike too far with full packs. We'll begin our day with the 1.5 mile backpack hike to our campsite by the Tuckasegee river. This is a great camp site with nice soft flat ground.

We'll set up camp and after a brief rest we'll start out for the top of Cold Mountain. This is a great day hike but you'll need to be in good shape as it's 8 miles round trip with a gain of 1000 feet. Your reward will be awesome views of the valley and mountains around for miles. Hopefully the fall colors will be coming out! If time permits we'll try and see Warden's Falls also. After our hike we'll return to camp. Bring your favorite wine and cheese to share with everyone!

Sunday we'll enjoy some short hikes. We have a few options but I recommend we see School House Falls and Little Green Mountain for more great views of the valley below. After our hikes we'll break camp and return to the trailhead.

Required Items: Backpacking and Hiking attire, at least 4 Meals, Water 2 Liters/person/day or water purification system, Backpack, Tent & Sleep Bag, headlamp or other light source - we will coordinate gear to keep our loads light.

Recommended Items: Camera, Trekking Poles, Wine and Cheese to Share

Carpool Costs: Your driver will determine the actual costs and divide among riders. Please be courteous and pay your driver. The trip is approximately 240 miles round trip. On an average vehicle the cost would be $12 per person for gas (assumes 20mpg and 4 persons).

We'll coordinate carpools as the date approaches.  Our rendezvous point will be the REI in Buford GA (GA 20 @ I-85) and we'll plan on hitting the road around 8:30am.

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  • Pete S.

    A good time was had by all!

    November 6, 2013

  • Dante

    Enjoyed the weekend! Fun hikes and relaxation around the fire. Wish I'd brought more hard cider though!

    November 5, 2013

  • Valerie

    I love this hike and area! Terrific group made it fun and interesting, too! Thanks Dante and friends.

    November 3, 2013

  • Dante

    Hi folks! Please plan to meet at 8am now. I am bringing camp stove and water purifier. Please note the temps will be in the 30s at night so bring layers and head cover!

    October 31, 2013

  • Lauren "Elle" S.

    I have to tend to business this weekend...starting a company is consuming...have fun everyone!!

    October 31, 2013

  • Valerie

    My prior schedule has been rearranged and I will be able to join! This is a great hike!

    October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have to help a friend out Saturday night so will be unable to make this trip

    October 29, 2013

  • Jane V.

    Sorry I didn't realize my son had an event planned that weekend!

    October 9, 2013

  • Dante

    Hi folks.... I spoke to the rangers today and there are already high water conditions in the lower sections of the valley. Many of the valley trails are small streams right now. In addition the forecast is calling for 6 hours of rain Saturday and more Sunday morning. I am going to reschedule this but won't have the date until tomorrow (Friday).

    1 · September 19, 2013

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