2019 15 Year – Hike
Panther Creek Trail (GPS Coordinates 34.698950, -83.419967)
Length: 7 miles (round trip)
The Panther Creek Trail follows Panther Creek through stands of white pine and hemlock along the steep, rocky bluffs of the creek. Passing a series of roaring cascades cut through solid rock, the treadway culminates in a waterfall at Panther Creek’s junction with Davidson Creek.
Below is a loose itinerary. We’ll take it easy and have fun. It is more important that each girl has a good experience on the hike than we stick to the schedule. For example if the girls want to spend more time at the falls. We’ll spend as much time as they like, but know that there are always trade offs.
Monday, May 27th
- 3:30 PM – Meet with YCL’s to carpool up to camp
- 5:00 PM – Drop off camp stuff at cabin except pack and food for hike
- 5:15 PM – Leave for Panther Creek Hike
- 5:30 PM – Hike 1.3 miles to camp site
- 6:30 PM – Set up camp and start cooking dinner
- 8:00 PM – Activity
- 9:00 PM – Campfire program
- 11:00 PM – Lights out
Tuesday, May 28th
- 7:00 AM – Rise and Breakfast
- 9:00 AM – Hike to Panther creek falls – bring water and lunch 2.3 mile hike there
- 11:00 AM – Arrive at falls, enjoy time at falls and eat lunch
- 12:30 PM – Hike back to camp site
- 2:00 PM – Pack up camp site
- 3:00 PM – Hike back out
- 4:00 PM – Arrive at camp
- Food – Pack a Dinner for Monday, Breakfast and lunch for Tuesday. Meals should be simple, lightweight (MRE, ready made food is great! We are going to try and coordinate the dinner and breakfast to make it fun and yummy. Each girl should bring a simple no-cook sack lunch for Tuesday)
- All items needed to prepare dinner (matches for fire, one-burner cookstove, utensils, anything needed to prepare food–nothing will be provided)
- Water – 2 Liters (we’ll have filter to pump from stream if more water is needed
- Shelter – Tent or Hammock. (2-person tent to share with another girl. Remember to keep the tent light. One carries tent, the other carries all sleeping gear)
- Sleeping Bag (light one, it’ll probably be warm so 55 degree bag will be fine)
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- Comfortable walking shoes. They will probably get wet since there are several creeks that we cross on this hike. Tennis shoes are fine if they can get wet.
Optional (in order of importance)
- First Aid & EpiPen (if allergic to bees or other insects)
- Bug Spray
- Fire Starter (lighter, matches…)
- Small Pillow
- Hiking Poles
- Rain Gear (check weather, we’ll know if this is needed or not)
- Hiking Backpack – Make sure it has good padding for your shoulders and a good padded hip belt. 90% of the weight while hiking should be on hips through hip belt. If the girls need a pack, talk to their ward scoutmaster there are probably packs they can borrow.
- Pack your pack several days before you leave so you know you can carry your gear and you have room. Your pack shouldn’t weigh more than about 35 pounds! We are only hiking with the packs a short distance but a 50 pound pack is tough to carry. Pack light!
- Legs – We’ll take it easy, but there is some hill climbing. Be sure and train up with stairs, walks up hills, and any other leg conditioning you can do before the hike.
- Swimsuit under clothes on Tuesday, if you plan on swimming and getting wet.
Please contact Vicki Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 770-823-7808)