Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cades Cove, TN
June 25-28, 2020
Co-Trip Leaders: Phyllis Legan and Cindy Durr
Type of Trip: Hiking/Biking
Trip Cost/Deposit: $195/$95
Cancellation Date and full payment: March 25, 2020
Wilderness Level: 3
Trip Difficulty: Strenuous hiking with elevation gain of 2800 feet, 11 miles of moderate hiking
Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment
Level 2: Primarily applies to trips in which we carry only day packs. In one day, we can hike up to 9 miles and 4500 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 7 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged, less-maintained trails. For a Level 2 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a light day pack. If a backpacking trip has a Level 2 rating, it means the distances are 2-4 miles with little elevation gain/loss.
Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.
Group Size: 9/7 Maximum/Minimum
Join us for June flowers, mountain views and the history of Cades Cove. Front country camping will be in the Cades Cove Group campground. We plan to hike to Spence field via the Anthony Creek trail out of Cades Cove on Friday. This trail is a 10.3 mile roundtrip hike with an elevation gain of 2,832’. It is considered quite strenuous. We will bike the Cades Cove loop (11 miles) early on Saturday morning (bike rental will be at the camp store and is included in your trip fee). We will save Saturday afternoon for viewing the cove or a short hike. After camp clean-up on Sunday, we will head back to Indiana with a longer stop for a restaurant lunch.
Activities may be weather dependent. Cost of the trip includes transportation in the club van, all camping, bike rental and supplies. Three breakfasts and three suppers will be provided by the leaders. Each participant will provide their own lunches, snacks and meals on the road. Camp chores and clean-up duties will be shared by all participants.
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All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form and Long Waiver Form.
Effective on all trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel. Even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the active roster (i.e. those who stay on the waitlist) will NOT be charged the $50 cancellation fee.