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Lake Winfield Scott to Blood Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: near Suches, GA   Hike: Lake Winfield Scott to Blood Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Apr 12 2015  10:30 am >> Sun, Apr 12 2015 5:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Apr 7 2015 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Apr 11 2015 5:00 pm
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:8 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Jarrard Gap Trail, Appalachian Trail to Blood Mountain, and return via Slaughter Gap Trail is our pathway from Lake Winfield Scott to Blood Mountain. We will be rewarded with a wonderful Spring view of the North Georgia Mountains.

Lake Winfield Scott was completed in 1942 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  The lake and all of it’s buildings, roads and structures are the work of the Corps and remains intact today.  

We will begin our hike on the Jarrard Gap Trail and then take the AT to the summit of Blood Mountain. 

At the top, we’ll enjoy our lunch/snack while taking in the view from the top of Blood Mountain.

Our descent will take us down the other side of Blood Mountain to the Slaughter Gap Trail (2.7 miles).  Overall, the hike will be around 8 miles with some strenuous climbing at a moderate pace.  Approximate elevation gain for this hike is 2000 ft.

We stop at all of the turns/crossroads to keep the group together and for water breaks.

Overall time should be approximately 4.5/5 hours of hiking.

There is a $5 parking at Lake Winfield Scott, so please have cash handy.

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Boots

Water/Sports Drinks

Trail Snacks and Lunch

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trekking Poles

Additional Garments for after the hike

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Take GA 400 North to its end (Home Depot, Waffle House).  

At Traffic Light take the left on US 19 towards Dahlonega.  

Take the US 19 Bypass right at the bottom of the hill coming into Dahlonega.

Continue on US 19 until you reach GA60 and take a left (towards Suches).

After about 7 miles you will take the right onto GA 180.

Lake Winfield Scott will be in approx 5 miles.

Physical Address: Lake Winfield Scott Road

                           Suches, GA 30572

Pay parking Fee and park near the lake.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):130Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $52.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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