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Rich Mountain WMA/Cartecay River Tract Hike/Bike/Swim

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Rich Mountain WMA/Cartecay River   Hike:  Rich Mountain WMA/Cartecay River Tract Hike/Bike/Swim  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 27 2015  10:00 am >> Sun, Sep 27 2015 5:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 10:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Sep 21 2015 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Sep 27 2015 7:00 am
Event Duration:7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

We just did this trip last week and decided it derserved a repeat!  Wanna get in some last minute swim time?  This is a beautiful spot in North Georgia just about an hour's drive from Atlanta which we frequent often.  I hope you can make it for this fun hike. 
This is a loop trail that starts outside of East Ellijay in the Rich Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA), and winds down to the Cartecay River. We will be hiking around some of the loops and hills for about 4 - 5 miles or so leading down to the river spot where we will hang out on the rocks for a picnic lunch,  some sun, and a swim.  If you would like to hike a shorter distance, that is possible, but the plan is for the gorup to take the long loop.  Once we've had enough - probably around 2 and 1/2 hours total - we'll head back to the cars. I have a heel injury at present and so I will ride my mountain bike down to the river.
Total hike and lunch time is approximately 4.5 hours.
Total drive time is approximately 2 hours.
Best guess is that we'll be back at Chastain between 4 and 5.  The State of Georgia Depatment of Natural Resources administers this area.  It is classified as a Wildlife Management Area and requires a GORP [Geogia Outdoor Recreation Pass].  Kristi and I will purchase these at a cost of $24 total for the group.  We ask that each participant pay $1 to reimburse us for this cost please.

Required Items to Bring:

2 liters of water for the hike in and some lunch to eat at the river lunch rock. Please don't bring any glass.

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Hiking poles.  Swim suit.  Sun screen.  

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Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):118Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 10:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $47.20 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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