Event Information
Beginner Backpack: Hobbs Cabin
Savage Gulf
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 8:30 AM - Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 6:00 PM
If you’re an experienced day hiker looking for a little more adventure, join us for an overnight backpacking trip at the Savage Gulf State Natural Area!

Member Price: FREE (Members sign in!)
Non-Member Price: $5

Limited to 8 participants
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Join Team Green Adventures on a beginner-friendly backpacking trip through the Savage Gulf State Natural Area. Although this is overnight trip is considered beginner-friendly, participants must be experienced day hikers and able to hike approximately 8.5 miles each day on easy to moderate terrain. The hike will have several overlooks with views of Savage Gulf, and feature some waterfall sightings, making for a fantastic fall colors trip!

When: Saturday, October 25th at 8:30am (carpool) - Sunday, October 26th at 6:00pm (return)
Where: Savage Gulf State Natural Area
Cost: FREE for Members, $5 for Non-Members

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Trip Leader: Stephen Bryant

Difficulty: Beginner (See Backpacker Rating Guide below). Though this trip is rated as beginner-friendly, expect to hike 7-8.5 miles each day on easy to moderate terrain.
Registration Deadline: Registration for this event closes Wednesday, October 22nd at 3:00pm
Group Size Limit: 10 participants

Parking: Parking will be available near the trailhead.


Children Policy: This is an 18+ event
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs on leashes with prior overnight backpacing experience welcomed!
Weather Policy: This event is drizzle or shine. If there is predicted severe weather or heavy rains, the trip leaders may elect to postpone the trip. Participants will be notified by the trip leaders the week of the event should any changes occur due to inclement weather.
Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds for this event. Should you register and need to cancel, please email matt@tunedin.com.


Distance: 8.5 miles the first day. The second day we will return the way we came or we can choose to finish the loop.
Estimated Hike Time: 4-5 hours
Estimated Drive Time: 2 hours.
Lodging: Primitive lodging at Hobbs Cabin, possible camping outside if the cabin is full (camping gear required)

Itinerary subject to change based on trail conditions and weather. We'll hike 8.5 miles the first day. The second day we will return the way we came or we can choose to finish the loop. Participants must provide their own backpacking gear. Don't have any? Mountain High Outfitters can help get you properly outfitted with their gear rentals!

Saturday, October 25th
8:30 CST Meet at carpool location
8:45 CST Leave carpool location for trailhead
10:00 CST Arrive at Savage Gulf Ranger Station
10:15 CST Register with ranger station and begin trail

Sunday, October 26th
8:00 CST Wake up, eat breakfast, pack, and start back for car.
16:00 CST Arrive back at ranger station, load cars, and depart back for Nashville*
17:30 CST Arrive back at carpool location

*Depending on a group decision, we can stop for dinner on the way back to Nashville.

Detailed Description: Start at the Savage Gulf Ranger Station and proceed down the Savage day loop trail for about 2 miles. Take the left leg of the North Rim Loop following the Gulf’s rim and proceed for 6.5 miles till we reach Hobbs Cabin. There are many overlooks along the way and a couple of trails to explore around the campsite. If the cabin is occupied there are several campsites surrounding it. There is also an outhouse and a fairly reliable stream close by. The next day we will return the way we came or we can choose to finish the loop.

What to Bring: Participants must provide their own backpacking gear, camping gear and food. A checklist can be found on the Team Green Resources page, or by clicking HERE. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and anticipate 10 degrees cooler at a higher elevation. Visit Mountain High Outfitters to learn about their gear rental options!

Team Green practices Leave No Trace guidelines. Follow this link to see what you can do to keep our trails clean and safe. Please check out the Backpacking Checklist available on the Resources Page.


What is the difference between day hiking, car camping, backcountry camping, and backpacking?

Day Hiking is when a hiker takes a day trip on a trail of any length. A day hiker's backpack is relatively light weight consisting of extra clothing layers, a meal or two, hydration, and a first aid kit.
Car Camping is when your vehicle is parked within only a few feet from your tent. This means you can overpack and keep extra gear stashed in your vehicle. Car Camping sites often have restrooms, running water and electricity nearby.
Backcountry Camping is when your vehicle is far enough away from your campsite that you cannot make easy trips out to your car (one half mile or more). A backcountry camper will need a backpacking pack to carry all camping gear, food, clothing, and hydration for the duration of the time. A backcountry camper will set up camp and explore the nearby area, always returning to the same campsite in the evenings.
Backpacking is a linear or loop overnight hiking trip. The purpose of backpacking is to get from point A to point B in a set period of time. Camping is a means to the end, so the hiker can see more of the trail than a typical day hiker. With backpacking, the hike (landscape) itself and the challenge of accomplishing the hike with the bare essentials is the pinacle of the trip. A backpacker's pack weights roughly 20% of the hikers body weight, including gear, clothing, food, and water.

Beginner Backpack: You have prior experience with day hiking more than 8 miles continuously on moderate terrain (Warner Parks, etc), but may have never backpacked before. You would like the added challenge of carrying more weight and camping overnight on the trail. These trips include shorter distances (6-8 miles per day) but moderate to strenuous terrain. It is recommended that you attend a backpacking clinic.
Intermediate Backpack: You have prior experience with backpacking 5-8 miles per day, know your abilities, have adequate equipment, and would like the added challenge of a longer backpacking trip. These trips include moderate distances (7-10 miles per day) on mostly strenuous terrain. These are often one or two night backpacking trips. It is recommended that you attend a refresher backpacking clinic.
Expert Backpack: You have prior experience with backpacking 11 miles or more per day in unpleasant conditions (snow, rain, ice, wind), know your abilities, have adequate equipment, and would like the added challenge of a longer, more strenuous backpacking trip. These trips include long distances (11-14+ miles per day) on strenuous terrain (Appalachian Mountains, etc) and may last for three or more nights.


Team Green's hikes and backpacking trips all proudly sponsored by Mountain High Outfitters (MHO). MHO opened in the Franklin Whole Foods Shopping Center in 2013, and has seven locations across the Southest (from Birmingham to Atlanta). MHO is a specialty retailer with the vision of an exceptional client experience and premium brands in a unique environment. You can expect a strong selection of footwear, gear, apparel and accessories. If for any reason MHO doesn't carry the style, size or brand you desire, they'll guarantee to offer a solution. Mountain High Outfitters knows that their clients have options, and therefore MHO strives to build a community and movement that brings them back. Come experience the MHO difference!

Stop by Mountain High Outfitters before your next big hike or backpacking trip for expert advice from their friendly staff. MHO offers an ongoing in store 10% discount for Team Green Members when you show your membership card, and a 20% discount on monthly specials. Visit Team Green's Discounts Page to see this month's gear special!

Mountain High Outfitters
1556 W. McEwen Dr, Ste 132
Franklin, TN 37067
Phone: (615) 465-6447


This event is open to members (FREE) and non-members ($5). Please register below!