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NC Mountains: Wayah Bald (via Siler Bald)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Franklin, NC
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 16 2015  6:30 am >> Sat, May 16 2015 6:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, May 11 2015 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 14 2015 12:00 am
Event Duration:12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D6: Advanced
Distance:20 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is a triple bald hike, including Siler Bald, Wine Spring Bald, and Wayah Bald. We start this 20-mile round trip hike at Winding Stairs Gap (~3800 ft), following the steadily rising 4 miles-long trail to the summit of Siler Bald (5216 ft). After claiming the first summit, we descend to Wayah Gap (~4200 ft) and go about two and a half miles to the top of Wine Spring Bald at 5440 ft. Following the ridge towards Wayah Bald, we lose and gain about 400 feet over two more miles to reach our destination: Wayah Bald (5350 ft).

At Wayah Bald we will have a 360 degree view of the North Carolina mountains, including the Great Smokey Mountains. We will visit a two-story stone tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps there in the 30’s. The top of the tower has labeled etchings of the horizon that will show us the names of the mountains we are seeing. Following our lunch break on the summit, we will retrace our steps back to the cars at Winding Stairs Gap. After a long day on the trail, we may stop for dinner in Clayton GA -- Mama G's never looked better!


This trip is intended for those in excellent shape. Be honest with yourself whether you have the physical ability and desire to do this event. Previous hiking experience in mountain conditions is highly recommended and you should have been able to complete a less strenuous D5 hike fairly comfortably. We will be keeping a fast pace as we hike thoughout the day. The tripleader reserve the right to remove any member from this trip, who may not have the physical ability to keep up with the group.

Required Items to Bring:
  • good footwear
  • dress in layers
  • water & food/snacks to keep you going
  • rain gear if forecast warrants
  • cash for your driver
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • treking poles
  • camera
  • GPS
  • headlamp or flashlight (just in case)
  • change of clothes

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

North on I-85. Take I-985 near Mall of Georgia. Continue on I-985. After 26 miles this interstate will become US 23. Continue on US 23 to Clayton GA.  We will have a pit stop there at the Burger King, which will be on the right in Clayton.  After that get back on US 23 North and go into North Carolina. At Franklin NC take exit to US 64 West. Continue eight miles until Winding Stairs Gap parking lot.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):235Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $94.00 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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