|Hike Name:||Panthertown Valley - Panthertown Creek|
|Trip Date:||July 13, 2003|
|Trip Weather:||Sunny, Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy|
|Trip Precipitation:||Rain, Showers, Thunderstorms|
|Trip Temperature:||High: 81-90, Low: 71-80 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Trip Report:||7/13/03 (Sunday) – Everyone was up by 10:30am and we cooked up some breakfast again this morning. Then we packed up and rode caravan style to Salt Rock Gap and the western trailhead of Panthertown Valley. Rolled into the parking area as the skies clouded up and noticed a storm approaching from an overlook only a short distance from the gap. Hiked for about an hour, then realized that we missed the turn off to Granny Burrell Falls. My GPS had us only 0.71mi from Schoolhouse Falls and not far from Little Green Mountain so we had hiked the corridor trail almost entirely through Panthertown Valley. The Camel decided to leave our only map (in a trail book) back at the truck, so the GPS was all we had to find our way and I had not marked any waypoints on the routes.
Eventually, we decided to turn around as the light showers we had on our decent returned and eventually changed to heavy thunderstorms. We hiked the last 30 minutes in a driving rain and got back to the parking area totally soaked. For lunch, we made a quick trip to Cashiers at Subway and as you might expect the skies eventually cleared to mostly sunny skies for the three hour drive to Atlanta. Go figure.
We were back in ATL by 6pm after a stop in Commerce at the Nike outlet. Then the Gomite and I got pizza and beers at Fellini’s til around 9pm.