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  • Intro Backpacking-Shawnee: October 20, 2012 - October 21, 2012
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Author Topic: Miami Rivers Chapter Event Intro Backpacking at Shawnee State Forest  (Read 1638 times)
« on: April 25, 2012, 10:21:51 AM »

Here is a one night backpacking trip that might be good for beginners, with short mileage days and a few tough climbs that Shawnee is known for.

Starting from the backpacking parking lot, we will use the Backpack Trail loop connector to join with the Day Hike Loop Trail.  Taking the Day Hike Trail north, we will join with the Silver Arrow Trail until it joins with the Backpack Trail.  We'll take that trail to Camp 1 where we will make camp.  Water can be had from a spigot before descending to Camp 1, or by filtering water from a stream near the camp.  The next morning we will head out using the Backpack Trail, then Forest Road 6, passing a fire tower we can partially climb for a view of the "Little Smokies".  We will rejoin the Backpack Trail, which then will also join the Buckeye Trail as it winds through a nice hollow, and hike south back to our cars.  Total miles for both days combined looks to be twelve to thirteen.

Limiting this event to eight attendees.

Carpool - Meet at the Meijer on Eastgate Boulevard (Cincinnati) between 8:45 and 9:00.  The address is 888 Eastgate Road North, Cincinnati, 45245.  Eastgate is Exit 63 on the east side of Cincinnati.  It will take 1.5 hours to drive to Shawnee.  Would prefer to cram the eight attendees into two cars if possible.

Post hike - For those so inclined, we will drive into Portsmouth and enjoy the excellent half price pizza and cold draughts at Portsmouth Brewing Company.

Contact Darryl Smith (, 513.321.1539
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