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South Carolina - Rim the Gap

This Hike is led by GWH Ambassador LeAnn Weathers and Stacy Boyce.
The first 10 members to arrive will receive special Girls Who Hike giveaways!

Trail Rating: This is a red hike on the GWH scale – It is over 7 miles, and has unmarked trails, may not have signage
Rim the Gap Loop at the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area
Date: Sunday, May 27th
Time: 8:00 AM
Distance: 11 Miles
Elevation Gain: 1,300+ feet
Location: Meet up at the public parking lot across from 12 Center St. Travelers Rest. We will carpool to the trailhead.
Permits / Passes: Eventbrite required; limited space available
Trail Info: or 
Kids: No
Men: No
Dogs: No

***As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups***

To complete this difficult hike, we highly recommend bringing electrolytes, lots of snacks, at least 3 L of water, and all of your 10 essentials. In addition, we recommend water shoes for the stream crossings. We will have to wade (up to knee deep) through a few. You may also want to bring a portable phone charger, especially if you plan to snap a lot of photos. 

Rim the Gap Loop consists of sections of Frank Coggins Loop, Coldspring Branch Trail, and the Jones Gap Trail. It also includes Rim the Gap Trail and Coldspring Connector. Halfway through the hike we will stop at the Jones Gap State Park Learning Center for a rest break (food and indoor restrooms). 

Frank Coggins Loop: 
Rim the Gap Trail: 
Jones Gap Trail: 
Coldspring Branch Trail: 
Coldspring Connector: 

This is not an easy or beginner hike. This loop is one of the most difficult in the state and will feature:
Several stream crossings
A rope bridge
Rock Scrambling
Crawling through narrow spaces
Steep drop-offs
Lots of breathtaking views
An amazing sense of accomplishment

We’ll be hiking as a group, and nobody will be left behind or forgotten. On this hike, it will be particularly important that everyone hikes together, at the pace of the slowest hiker. We will take a lot of breaks in order to maintain our stamina throughout the hike. This hike is not for anyone unable to sustain strenuous activity for long periods or who has mobility limitations. 

Due to the difficulty of this trail, this hike is limited to 10 participants. You MUST register on the Eventbrite link to confirm your spot. You will also be asked to provide an emergency contact (just in case).

Eventbrite link: 
Password: GWHSC

Any updates will be posted on the event thread, and I'll update the event description if anything changes!