Hike to Caudill Cabin/2015-03-07

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We will carpool to the backcountry, and select the trail based on creek levels there.
The experienced hiker brings a day pack with food and water sufficient for an extended strenuous hike.
Caudill Cabin in Doughton Park
Trail Name Basin Creek
Nearest City Traphill
State North Carolina
Trail Marking N/A
Trail Use/Features Use hiking.jpg Use dogging.jpg
Time expectations
Hiking Time 7 hrs 26 mins
Driving Time 2 hrs 34 mins
Total Time 10 hrs 00 mins
Trail Attributes
Total Distance 12.58 Miles
Elevation Gain 3,141 Feet
Difficulty Index 28.285
Difficulty Rating Strenuous
High Point 3,610 Feet
Low Point 1,430 Feet
Elevation Range 2,180 Feet
Latitude 36.39058
Longitude -81.16172
Nearest Medical Sparta, NC
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Preceded by Current hike Succeeded by
Widows Creek Basin Creek Rock Jock

This trail features 19 stream crossings on the way to the cabin. Watch weather reports for rainfall in the period 24 hours prior to the hike start. Even moderate rainfalls can eventually add up to creek levels that are difficult to traverse. This scheduled hike is our first return to Caudill Cabin since September 8, 2012. This is a true hidden gem that few venture; the backcountry's proximity to Stone Mountain State Park means this park gets relatively limited amounts of hiking traffic.

This hike is strenuous and the creek crossings are boulder hops, slips and falls are quite common so you need your balance A-game, but those that take up the challenge are amply rewarded. Join me and the rest of the HICs in signing the register inside the Caudill Cabin.

Meetup Information

Meet at Newtowne Shopping Center, 3/7/2015, 7:00 AM
Expect to share cost of gas with drivers, roughly 5 or 6 dollars per passenger assuming vehicle has driver and three passengers. This is solely to help offset cost to drivers for not only gas, but hidden costs such as tire wear, oil changes, car washes (especially if drive traverses dirt roads), etc. The club would rather have drivers over-compensated than under-compensated to encourage them to continue offering their services.

Expected Timeline

Leg Type Direction Miles Time Cum Miles Cum Time Clock
Start Newtowne Plaza - - - - - - 7:00 AM
To Longbottom Parking Drive N/A - 1:20:00 - - 8:20 AM
Basin Creek TH Treking North 1.6 0:40:00 1.60 0:40:00 9:00 AM
Caudill Cabin Treking North 3.5 2:00:00 5.10 2:40:00 11:00 AM
Lunch Break Lunch - - 0:40:00 5.10 3:20:00 11:40 AM
Basin Creek Trail Treking South 3.5 1:20:00 8.60 4:40:00 1:00 PM
Grassy Gap Treking South 1.6 0:40:00 10.2 5:20:00 1:40 PM
To Newtowne Plaza Drive N/A - 1:20:00 - - 3:00 PM

Doughton Park/Hike Reports/Basin Creek Trail