Troop 505 Hanging Rock Trek Philmont 2014 Shakedown Mar 23

High AdventureIt’s time once again to get out and get those boots dirty! This is the second of several hikes that we’ll be doing to loosen up the legs and and get a feel for our equipment.

This hike is highly recommended, so please plan to participate. This hike will be harder than the last, and should take us about 4 hours to complete. Time (and legs) permitting, the 1.3 mile loop out to Hanging Rock can be tacked on at the end.

Hanging Rock State Park

Moore’s Wall Loop

Distance: 4.3 miles

Level: Strenuous

Sunday March 23rd

Meet at 7:15 am at the American Legion Post.

Leave for Hanging Rock State Park at 7:30 am.

Arrive at Hanging Rock around 9:30 am. Park at the swimming area, the trailhead is off of the snack bar. See inset of park map: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/haro/pics/parkmap.pdf

From the swimming area, the trail heads west, crosses Cascade Creek, then begins its long climb up 2,572-foot Moores Wall.

Map (we’ll be following the loop in a clockwise direction):

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1533800

You must bring a printout of the trail with you and a compass for navigation.

A GPS IS NO SUBSTITUTE (A good compass)

Information

http://greatoutdoorprovision.com/expert/moores-wall-loop/

Park Website

http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/haro/main.php

We will stop around the halfway point to have lunch, then head out to complete the hike. We’ll be wearing our backpacks on this hike, and you should try to carry 20-30 pounds of stuff in it.

I suggest plenty of water (a bladder is a good choice) and a few healthy hiking snacks. Hiking poles highly recommended. Ideally everyone is wearing the boots they plan to wear on the trek to start getting used them if they haven’t already. The goal being to get out as a group to spend time together, build some confidence by putting in miles while not overdoing it on our first outing.