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New Meetup: Overnight Backpacking Trip - Estatoe

From: Susan C
Sent on: Sunday, November 14, 2010 6:51 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Upstate Hiking and Outdoor Adventures!

What: Overnight Backpacking Trip - Estatoe

When: Saturday, November 27,[masked]:15 AM

Where: Holly Springs Country Store
2240 Moorefield Memorial Hwy Corner of Hwy 11 and Hwy 178
Forest, SC 29696

We will meet at the store at the corner of Hwy 178 and Hwy 11. We will depart for the trail head parking lot promptly at 10:30. Please bring clothing and shelter based on the forecast. It will be cooler in the mountain valley beside the creek.

The following is the description from This moderate, 1.7-mile path takes you into the 373-acre Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve, which is a wonder nestled within a pristine mountain gorge. The Eastatoe (pronounced ?EAST-a-toee?) Creek Trail is relatively easy for most of the way, but drops precipitously down into the gorge for its last .5 mile (Of course, that means you?ll have to hike back up to return!). The forest teems with large beech and hemlocks as well as wildflowers such as partridgeberry and jack-in-the-pulpit. Switchbacks make the going a bit easier, and stairs are provided where the trail descends/ascends more steeply. Following a rain, footing can be difficult (at one point, the trail borders a 100-foot cliff). The rewards, however, come in Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve, which is home to a beautiful stream filled with naturally reproducing rainbow trout. Across the creek is a cliff with a small, attractive waterfall. Due to the unusual humidity in this area, three rare tropical ferns grow here that are not found anywhere else in North America. Yellow blazes on the Eastatoe Creek Trail are sometimes confusing, but the end of the trail is well marked with a triple blaze. Return the way you came.

I have hiked this trail multiple times and feel safe bringing my dog Jenny. Feel free to bring your dog if they are friendly/non aggressive toward people and other dogs. They will have to be on a leash or tethered to a tree at all times. We will be in a mountain wilderness near a steep waterfall/flume.

Everyone is welcome. However, it is requested that you do not post this meetup event to other meetup sites.

Outdoor activates to include hiking, camping, rafting, kayaking, swimming, etc. involves inherit risks. It is your responsibility as members, guest of a members or family of members to observe appropriate safety measures during any and all activities concerning the group. By participating in this voluntary group you expressly waive any and all claims that could arise from any of the actives planned to include travel to and from and during the trip and to understand the organizer and assistant do not assume liability for personal injuries, death, destruction or loss of personal property. By participating in the group you expressly waive any and all such claims against each and every other member in the group, including without limitation any and all claims against the group organizer or assistant organizer.

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