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Grand Tour Of Jones Gap -STRENUOUS

Note: We are combining with a group from the Outdoor Club South- Charlotte Group

This is the Fall version of the Grand Tour hike we completed this Spring. Rim of the Gap will close soon for the Winter, so let's go check it out. We'll follow several trails, including:

Jones Gap Trail - 0.2 miles
Rim of the Gap Trail - 0.4 miles
Pinnacle Pass Trail - 3.3 miles
6/20 Connector Trail - 0.1 miles
Rim of the Gap Trail - 2.5 miles
Frank Coggins Trail - 0.5 miles
Coldspring Connector - 0.3 miles
Coldspring Brach - 1.6 miles
Jones Gap Trail - 2.2 miles
Finish at Jones Gap State Park
Total Mileage = 11.1 miles Afterwards, for those that want a little more hiking action, we can drive over to the Falls Creek Falls trailhead and hike up to see the falls (2.4 miles round trip), for a total of 13.5 miles. The Pinnacle Pass and Rim of the Gap sections of tough, but we get them out of the way during the first half of the hike. Coldspring Branch includes several Saluda River crossings. Jones Gap Trail is a gradual decent back to the parking lot. Jones Gap State Park is a hikers paradise. A little bit of everything - mountain views, waterfalls, rock scrambles, ladders and the ever-present Middle Saluda River. 

Meet at Earth Fare West Gate Shopping Center to carpool. We leave at 8am so please be early. I will be in a Black Ford F150. If you want to meet at Jones Gap State Park please be there by 9am. 

All the usual information: Be prepared for cool and wet conditions, so waterproof shoes, or a change of shoes, is recommended. Bring layers, as the temperature can vary from the riverbed to the top of the ridge. Pack plenty of water and snacks. Plan on eating lunch along the trail. Hiking poles are recommended for this hike. If you've not been to Jones Gap, you are in for a surprise.

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  • Rumi K.

    I do not say strenuous but was definitely good fitness hike for me!!

    6 days ago

    • Rumi K.

      How is your legs? Recovered completely?

      1 · 5 days ago

    • dstone

      I'm doing much better Rumi. Thanks😊 see you again soon I hope.

      5 days ago

  • Phil R

    Great hiking with you guys yesterday. We'll do some more "mixer" hikes in the future. Thanks David for coming up with the idea.

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Tina

    D, thank you and your Charlotte crew! Great fun day and a beautiful hike : )

    1 · 6 days ago

  • Rebekah

    Thanks for organizing, David! Fun day!

    6 days ago

  • Kimberly

    Set my clock wrong just got up going to try to make it to the trailhead but not sure. Grabbing my stuff now

    6 days ago

    • dstone

      Ok hope to see you

      6 days ago

  • john c.

    First bail! Foot issue, have a great hike!

    6 days ago

  • Debra

    I turned the calendar from November to December and see that had already made plans. Really hate to miss the hike.

    December 2

  • Rumi K.

    I will plan to meet at JGSP parking lot at 9:00am. I will use this address :303 Jones Gap Rd, Marietta, SC for GPS. As I come from South of Asheville, It takes 40-45min to get there. Plus I will bring my Black Lab and he is not small, I will drive by myself. Hope I do not lost!!

    December 2

  • Doreen

    I need to drop out due to a conflict of schedule. My spot can be an opening for someone else on the wait list. Y'all be safe and have fun!!

    December 2

  • Elena R.

    This hike sounds super cool but I just dropped because I'm having a really long week and not sure I am up for an 11 miler and an early morning tomorrow after all. Will have to check this one out either really soon on my own or put it on my list for next season! Thank you!

    December 2

  • dstone

    Looks like highs should be in the upper 50's with no rain. Please update your status so we can start to get an idea of Carpool situation. Look forward to seeing everyone.

    December 2

  • Debra

    Isn't there a $2 or $5 fee for entering the park?

    November 29

    • Debra

      It use to be $2, but changed it to $5, I believe, last year or the beginning of the year.

      1 · November 29

    • Jocassee Lake T.

      It's 5 dollars a person

      December 1

  • Rumi K.

    I plan to meet you all at the JGSP parking lot where I never been before. Is it easy to find?

    November 30

    • dstone

      I will be in a black Ford F-150 👍

      November 30

  • Tina

    Would ya'll like to meet at Earth Fare Westgate @ 8 and carpool?

    November 30

    • Tina

      Ok, thanks D! It's just you changed the meeting location to JGSP, so I wasn't clear. See you Saturday then : )

      November 30

    • dstone

      I was wondering if anyone noticed🤔

      1 · November 30

  • Doreen

    I've hiked every trail at Jones Gap but one. Great place to enjoy a challenge. Hope I get in!.....:)

    1 · November 30

  • dstone

    Im cool with dogs as long as they always stay connected to the owner, State law stuff. Earth Fare is about an hour to JG lot

    November 29

  • Rumi K.

    How long it takes to get Jones Gap Trail from Earthfare Westgate?

    November 29

  • Rumi K.

    Is this Dog friendly hike?

    November 29

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