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Beginner Backpacking: Laurel-Snow Falls
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Saturday, Mar 24, 2018 12:00 PM
Join Team Lightning on this beginner-friendly backpacking trip to the Laurel-Snow Segment of the Cumberland Trail!
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Join Team Lightning for a beginner-friendly backpacking trip along the Cumberland Trail. This is a great introduction to backpacking for hikers who have completed a day hike of 8 or more miles on moderate terrain (Warner Parks or Cumberland Trail) and would like to add the challenge of carrying overnight gear on the trail with potentially freezing overnight temperatures.

When: March 24th - 25th (Carpool at 8:00am)
Where: Cumberland Trail- Laurel-Snow Segment
near Dayton, TN
Cost: FREE event

Trip Leader: Michelle Guess & Carl Hoagey

Difficulty: This is a 6-12 mile trip. Beginner Backpacking. Participants should own or rent their own gear.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 21st at 3pm
Group Size Limit: 12 participants including two trip leaders

Parking: Information will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration


Children Policy: This trip is for ages 18 and up. Young adults ages 15 and older with prior backpacking experience welcome, after prior consultation with the trip leader. Please email your trip leader before registering a participant under the age of 18.
Dog Policy: Friendly dogs with prior overnight camping experience with strangers welcome!
Weather Policy: This is a snow or shine event. This event will continue even with predictions of rain, depending on the overnight temperatures.
Refund Policy: If you need to cancel your slot, please email TeamLightning@Lightning100.com so it can be opened up for another participant.


Estimated Drive Time One Way: 2 hours 45 minutes with CST to EST zone change
Hike Distance: About 6 miles a day

Please keep in mind that trail conditions, weather, and group ability may cause compromise of the trip itinerary. Please be considerate of necessary changes during the trip should these instances occur.

We will be hiking the Laurel-Snow section of the Cumberland Trail. The first two miles are mostly flat. When we arrive at the campsite, we will stop to assess everyone's packs and remove any unnecessary weight. Participants may choose to leave their packs behind at the campsite or continue to carry their packs for the hike up to Laurel Falls, Bryan's Overlook and back down to camp (note: participants who plan to leave behind their packs must still have a way to carry water and snacks for the loop hike). On Sunday morning we'll hike the short, but very tough, distance to Snow Falls then back down to the parking lot.

8:00AM (CST): Arrive at carpool site to arrange carpools and assess packs (information in confirmation email)
11:30AM (EST): Arrive at trailhead and begin hike
12:30PM: Arrive at campsite, lunch, assess pack weight, continue to Laurel Falls and Bryan's Overlook, and back to camp
4:00PM: Set camp, campfire, dinner, sleep.

8:00-9:00AM (EST): Wake up, take down camp, breakfast
9:00AM-1:00PM: Hike to Snow Falls, return to cars (lunch on the trail, or wait to have lunch together in town)
3:00PM (CST): Arrive in Nashville

Please check out the Backpacking Checklist available on the Resources Page.

Team Lightning practices Leave No Trace guidelines. Follow this link to see what you can do to keep our trails clean and safe.


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. You must 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). These trips may last for three or more nights.


Registration for this event is required. If you have any questions please e-mail us at TeamLightning@Lightning100.com.