Beaver Creek Wilderness is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. It has sandstone cliffs, natural arches, hardwood forests, and more. Because this is a wilderness area, trails are NOT maintained, therefore, expect mileage to be higher than posted below if we lose the trail. I have not been to this wilderness before, so I am basing all of my information from conversations with the rangers. Itinerary may need to be altered depending on conditions. Expect strenuous hiking conditions, bushwhacking, and multiple stream crossings on this trip.
Friday: We will camp near the Middle Ridge Trailhead. From Sommerset, take US-27 South for approximately 20 miles. Turn on to CR 1326/Middle Ridge Road and you will see the trailhead on your right within a couple blocks. According to the ranger, there is a gate on the road near by. Park at the trailhead, cross the gate and hike down approximately just a little over 1/2 mile. The ranger stated that there should be a wildlife clearing on the left, and it would be a good place to camp for the night. I will try to get there early and assess this spot and will put lights up to guide those coming in at night. If plans change or this spot does not work for some reason, I will leave a note in the parking lot/trailhead area to guide you. If you can't find us, meet us at the trailhead in the morning.
Primitive camping is permitted anywhere in the Wilderness as long as you remain 300 feet from any road or stream and out of sight of any trail. No camping in in rock shelters is allowed.
Saturday: We will meet at the Middle Ridge Trailhead at 8am CST to shuttle cars to Three Forks trailhead parking lot (approx. 6mi away). We will hike approximately 7-9 miles then camp.
Sunday: We will get on the trail early and hike approx. 8-10 miles shuttle cars back, and celebrate with food and beer.
Please note that while I and others in the group will try to look out for your well being, YOU are ultimately responsible for your own safety and anyone that you bring. Please don't go unless you're confident of your (and this includes those you bring) abilities to go and have adequate gear for backpacking conditions and inclement weather. This is a wilderness area and bad things can happen.
Everybody attending is responsible for bringing their own equipment i.e. shelter, sleeping bag, stove and food. Don't sign up if you have not backpacked before. I will ask people to not come if I'm not confident of their abilities.
We all enjoy campfires, but please make sure all fire is completely out if you are the last one to leave it. I promote leave no trace, so carry out what you carry in.
If you have a dog and would like to bring it, find out if that’s acceptable with the park and bring it along. However, please let me know if you are bringing a dog.
Meetup Cost: $5. No refunds for meetup cost. Individuals are responsible for splitting gas within their own car pools.