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This trip has changed due to the cold weather forecast mainly, but also due to uncertainty regarding roads and emergency response times within Big South Fork. We will be camping at Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort all 3 nights: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We will do day hikes in the Cumberland Falls and Laurel Lake areas during the day. Hike Plan: Friday Jan 18: Carpool from Florence KY Walmart as usual. Suggested meet time is 5:30 so folks can work. However, we're camping at the Sheltowee Trace Adventure Resort, so late arrivals won't be a problem - it is easy to find --> https://www.ky-rafting.com/ (GPS:[masked], [masked]) I've reserved primitive campsite B8 (showers, restroom, wifi so its not that primitive). When you arrive and park, grab your gear and walk between the main office and the restrooms and find the trail back to the B campsites (look for a tent with an LED light string). Campsite is $26 per night and I will purchase some firewood - estimated cost per person for this trip will be $10 to $15 (depends on wood cost) Saturday Jan 19: Day hike: 7 miles. Dog Slaughter Falls trail #414 to Sheltowee Trace, then take the Sheltowee south to Cumberland Falls. We'll leave some cars at Cumberland Falls for shuttle. Sunday Jan 20: Day hike: 9 miles. Bark Camp Creek trail # 413 to Bark Camp intersection with Cumberland River, then north on Sheltowee Trace to Laurel Dam. We will leave cars at Laurel Dam for shuttle. Monday Jan 21: Day hike: 6 miles. Break camp at Sheltowee. Start and end day hiking at Cumberland Falls. Blue Bend Loop trail plus Eagle Falls lollipop loop trail. After the hiking, we'll have a late lunch at Torres Mexican Steakhouse in Corbin KY (the Cumberland Falls Lodge is closed for renovation until March). * Distance: This will likely be a total of 21 to 22 day hiking miles. * Pace: Moderate (we usually break up into hares and turtles). * Travel time: About 4.0 hours driving time from Cincinnati * Leave No Trace. Pack It In - Pack It Out. * Dogs: allowed but must remain on leash at all times and under strict command of the owner * The trip limit and RSVP deadline can change without notice. *****LOOK BELOW***** By signing up and/or participating in this event, you fully accept our liability waiver: https://www.meetup.com/CincinnatiBackpackers/pages/1036870/Cincinnati_Area_Backpackers_Meetup_Waiver/
Come backpacking on the Sheltowee Trace Trail! The Sheltowee Trace Association (the organization that maintains and promotes the 323-mile trail) organizes weekend group backpacking trips twice a month with a different section each month! The trail goes from north-eastern Kentucky to northern Tennessee. If you go every month (January - November) you will have hiked the whole trail in a year! They call it the HIKER CHALLENGE. These hikes are a great way to see the sights in Daniel Boone National Forest, Red River Gorge, Cumberland Falls, and Big South Fork. The association offers the shuttle service and even a little bit of trail magic! I'll be posting Meetups for each section every month. Check out https://www.sheltoweetrace.org/the-challenge.html or message me for more information. I'd love to see this group represented on the Trace! THIS EVENT IS FOR SECTION 1- TEAM BRAVO Section 1- January- Northern Terminus to Morehead, KY- 25 miles. You'll park at the Morehead Conference Center and be shuttled to the northern terminus on Saturday morning. The group will camp in a specific spot on Saturday night. You'll hike back to your car on Sunday. You'll hike about 13 miles on Saturday and about 12 on Sunday. You can join for both days and backpack ($35-$40), or you can join for any one of the days ($20) and enjoy a shuttle ride. Make sure you've got your winter backpacking gear ready to go! If you need advice on buying something, or if you want to know how to borrow/rent gear, please contact me. You must register in order to attend- your Meetup RSVP is not enough: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efyo500062349889&oseq=&c=&ch= Cost: $35 if you are a member of the Sheltowee Trace Association (https://www.sheltoweetrace.org/membership.html) If you are not a member, each section is $40. If you are day-hiking for 1 of the 2 days, $20. This includes the cost of the shuttle, directions, advice, reasonable assurance of your safety, other encouraging hikers, and maybe even trail magic! REGISTER HERE: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efyo500062349889&oseq=&c=&ch= Please contact me if you have any questions:[masked] and [masked].
UPDATE: This is the back-up date for the 1/12 trip which I've canceled, but be advised this 1/26 trip is also subject to change depending on the weather. January's like that. We can hope for the best! Trip Details: Does backpacking in the c-c-c-cold make you feel ALIVE?!? Join me for the (sort-of) 4th (or is it 5th?) Annual Sonya's "Freeze Your Cupcakes Off" birthday overnight at Zaleski... Option A ("good" weather), we'll meet at the TH and start hiking by 9 a.m., hike north 5 miles to camp 3 (was H), set up camp/short break/gather wood, hike the 7 mile north loop back to camp. Sunday hike 5 miles back to TH. Option B (not so good weather) is meet later (Noon maybe), hike 6 miles to camp 3 (was D), set up camp, break, gather wood and then bushwhack or road walk to Kings Hollow Tunnel which I want to say is a mile or so from camp. Sunday hike 4 miles back to TH. This trip may not be suitable for beginners especially if it's going to be very cold. DOGS: Dogs are welcome on this trip but must be well behaved, well trained and comfortable on leash. There is hunting in/around Zaleski so please take that under advisement. If you plan to bring your dog, please post a comment below letting us know about your furry plus-one, and kindly list his or her breed. You will not be excluded from the trip, this just allows others to plan accordingly. BACK-UP WEEKEND: The back-up weekend for this trip is January 26-27. Either way the trip will likely only happen if it's mostly dry and probably above 20 at night unless we're feeling particularly crazy. Of course, when we come off trail Sunday join me for the brunch buffet at Lake Hope Lodge ($20-$25) to warm up and fuel up before heading home. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about the trip or winter backpacking, post a comment or PM me. NEW ZALESKI BACKPACK TRAIL MAP: http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/forestry/PDFs/SF/zaleski_backpack.pdf