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Intermediate Backpacking: Big Frog Wilderness (2 Night)
Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 6:30 AM - Monday, Jan 15, 2018 3:00 PM
Join us for a three day, two night intermediate trip in the Big Frog Wilderness!
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The Big Frog Mountain Wilderness offers roughly 35 miles of backcountry trails, and provides many outstanding opportunities for backpacking, solitude, and primitive camping!  The most popular trails are those that lead to the summit of Big Frog Mountain, including the Big Frog, Licklog Ridge and Wolf Ridge trails.  All trails within the wilderness are rated as moderately difficult.

When: January 13th- 15th at 6:30am CST (carpool) 10:30am EST (trailhead)
Where: Big Frog Mountain Trailhead
Official location will be sent in the confirmation e-mail
Cost: Free event

Trip Leader: Jerud Colbert & Lee Fowler

Difficulty: This is an intermediate backpack trip due to cold temperatures, distance, and terrain.
Registration Deadline: The deadline to register for this trip is Thursday, January 11th at 3pm
Group Size Limit: This trip is limited to 10 participants

Parking: Free parking will be available at the trailhead


Children Policy:
This is an 18 and up event
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs that have experience hiking over 8 miles and that have camped overnight with strangers are permitted on this trip.
Weather Policy: This trip is drizzle or shine. This trip may be cancelled in the event of severe weather. Participants will be contacted by their trip leader during the week leading up to the trip with additional weather information.
Cancellation Policy: Should you register and need to cancel, please email Teamlightning@Lightning100.com.


Length: Approximately 12 to 18 miles - We will use a mixture of the following trails, if the weather is bad we will make this a one night by using a few connector trails to get back to the trailhead. We plan to be back in Nashville on Monday by late afternoon!

Big Frog Trail / Benton MacKaye #64 (5.5 miles) Leads to panoramic views at the top of Big Frog Mountain. The trail gains about 2000 feet of elevation.
Grassy Gap #67 (3.5 miles) Also known as Barkleggin Trail, this hike offers seclusion as it meanders through the wilderness. The trail ends at the intersection of the Yellow Stand Lead and Big Frog trails.
Fork Ridge / Benton MacKaye #69 (1.9 miles) Connector trail between the Rough Creek and Big Frog trails. 
Hemp Top #145 (0.8 miles) The Hemp Top Trail begins off the Licklog Ridge Trail and leads southeast to Double Spring Gap before proceeding into Georgia.  
Rough Creek / Benton MacKaye #70 (2.9 miles) Connector trail for the Big Frog, Licklog and the East Fork Ridge trails.

Team Lightning 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.


Registration is required. If you sign up and need to cancel, please email Teamlightning@Lightning100.com.