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Betty Gap Loop




Visit beautiful Panther Creek Falls and get your feet wet with over 19 fords of the Conasauga River in the wild, remote Cohutta Wilderness

Event Backpacking
Location Cohutta Wilderness, GA
Date(s) & Time November 5-6, 2016
Sign up deadline
Duration Overnight
Difficulty (1 - 6) 2. Easy to Moderate
Distance 11.6 miles
Adult Leaders Albert Bodamer, Jason Sutton
  Cost   Bring money for fast food stop on way home.
Who may attend Any registered Scout.
This trip will combine an ascent to Cowpen Mountain with a loop hike including a part of the East Cowpen trail, all of Panther Creek Trail and a portion of the Conasauga River Trail. We will ford the Conasauga a total of nineteen times.

The event starts at the Three Forks trailhead, and ends at Betty Gap, which is about 3.5 road miles away. After leaving a car at Betty Gap to run a shuttle, we will first hike the East Cowpen Trail, following a moderate grade to the northern ridge of Cowpen Mountain at mile 1.3.

At around 2.3 miles, we turn left in a westerly direction onto the blue blazed Panther Creek Trail. Descending steeply off the ridge, we meet Panther Creek a mile from its source and follow it to the top of Panther Falls. The falls area is a great place to stop for lunch.

After walking the entire 3.4 mile length of Panther Creek Trail, we ford the Conasauga  river, turning right (north) onto the yellow blazed Conasauga River Trail. After a short quarter of a mile, we again ford the Conasauga to arrive at our Bray Field camp.

The next day we will walk south 5.4 miles on the Conasauga River Trail to Betty Gap. We will have to ford the Conasauga another eighteen times, as well as a few other smaller streams. The trail proceeds on an easy upgrade until a quarter mile before the end, where it ascends very steeply.

Total elevation gain: around 3,000 ft.
Permission Slip & Pack List
Pictures from 2008
Forest Service Road Conditions--Cohutta
Difficulty Ratings:

1. Easy

  Generally 4 miles or less, leisurely pace, and/or gentle elevation gain (less than 400 feet)
2. Easy to Moderate
  Generally 6 miles or less and/or moderate pace, gentle to moderate elevation gain (less than 1000 feet).
3. Moderate
  Generally 8 miles or less and/or increased elevation gain (less than 1500 feet) and/or faster pace.
4. Moderate to Difficult
  Generally 10 miles or less and/or more challenging elevation gain (1500 to 2500 feet) and/or faster pace.
5. Difficult
  Generally 15 mi or less and/or challenging elevation gain (2500 to 4000 feet) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
6. Strenuous
  Generally distance of 15 mi+ and/or challenging elevation gain (4000 feet or more) and/or seasonal conditions or special considerations.
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