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Join us for THOG's annual Fall Foliage Trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Highlights include a summit hike to Mt. Cammerer, several waterfalls, and possibly another hike to the Mt. Sterling fire tower.
READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE YOU RSVP!
RSVP's open on September 27! Attendee total at this point will be limited to 18 people.
Our trip starts on Friday, October 25. We'll meet somewhere in the Triangle, setup carpools then drive 5 hours to our campsite at Cosby Campground. Once we arrive at our campsite in the afternoon, we'll setup our tents and do a short hike to some waterfalls in the area.
Saturday: We'll begin our 6 mile hike (12 miles total) to the summit of Mt. Cammerer in the morning. The trail is rated strenuous with an elevation gain of about 3,045ft. We will have lunch at the summit near the fire tower. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a campfire at the campground.
Sunday: We'll pack up at camp and either hike to some waterfalls or Mt. Sterling. We can decide at camp. Mt. Sterling is a 1.5 mile one way (3 mile out and back) strenuous hike. On our way home, we'll stop by for a bite to eat.
Important things to know:
-Campground has drinking water, flush toilets and utility sinks
-Bring a Daypack, Hiking boots/shoes with good support, and hiking poles (optional)
-Bring your own camping gear, I.e. tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc.
-Tents larger than a 3 person tent will need to be approved due to limited campsite space
-Bring enough food for the weekend: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, trail snacks, water, beverages.
-Bring layers including jacket, gloves, hat! It will probably be cold
-Bring money for campsite and firewood ($5-10 per person for shareable costs) PLUS money to share carpooling costs with your driver
-RSVP only if you are ok with the itinerary
-A maximum of 5 Vehicles will be allowed at the campsite. Vehicles with at least 2 or 3 passengers will have priority in parking. -Previous No Shows and Last minute/Late cancellations may affect your RSVP.
-Specific trip information will be emailed to those who are going after RSVP's close
We should be able to see some great fall colors this year!
See you all soon!
If you have any questions related to this event, post in the comments or send me a meetup message.
By participating in this event, you agree to the terms below:
TRIP PARTICIPANT WAIVER OF LIABILITY I fully realize that this activity involves a risk of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against Triangle Hiking & Outdoors Group (THOG), all of its owners and coordinators for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that THOG organizers are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety.