Backpack – Shawnee State Challenge – 3 days/2 nights

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits

Backpack – Shawnee State Challenge – 3 days/2 nights

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Limit 10 people; cost $20 pp

Leaders:  Eva Simons, Judith Mitchell

Level:  Advanced/Hard

Length: 26.7 miles, 4000+ ft elev. gain

 Shawnee State Park is affectionately called “The Little Smokies”,  and its backpack trail is considered the hardest trail in Ohio, and used for training for longer backpack trips. The hills are steep, and relentless, with some stretches of ridge and creekside walking.

The park is located near Portsmouth, OH, approx. 2 hr/ 110 mi drive from Columbus. No need to cache water, just carry enough for each day.  Water is available at campsites.

Note:  staging cars at Camp Oyo near camp 3 would reduce the mileage on the last day by 5 mi.

Meet at the Backpack Trailhead at 11:00 am, and be ready to hike at 11:30 am

Day 1: hike counter-clockwise to Camp 7, approx 5 miles. Set up camp.

Day 2: hike from Camp 7 to Camp 4, approx. 12.7 miles. Set up camp

Day 3: hike from Camp 4 back to trailhead, approx. 9 miles (or 4 miles to Camp Oyo if a couple of cars are parked there).

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Time Zone - America/New_York

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Date And Time

June 10, 2022 @ 03:00 PM (EDT) to
June 12, 2022 @ 09:00 PM (EDT)

Registration End Date

June 9, 2022



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