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Courthouse Gap to Wilson Gap on the Bartram Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: near Clayton, GA   Hike: Courthouse Gap to Wilson Gap on the Bartram Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 2 2016  8:30 am >> Sat, Jan 2 2016 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Dec 28 2015 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 1 2016 6:00 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike S
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Here is a lovely winter walk in the woods, over gently rolling hills, with winter vistas in several directions, and one big (optional) view. From the parking area we hike 1.2 miles on a side trail to reach Courthouse Gap (2600 ft) and then we are in spacious hardwood forest. We have a gradual climb to near the top of Rock Mtn (3350 ft), descend to Windy Gap, then ascend to Black Creek's Knob (3490 ft), and descend to Wilson Gap (3220 ft) where we will have lunch and turn around. On the way back, if the weather is clear and sunny and if everyone still has pep, we will make a short detour to the top of Rock Mountain for a wide view to the west. This involves an easy bushwhack of about half a mile up to the top and the same distance back down again. The total distance of the hike, without the side excursion, is 11 miles with an estimated elevation gain of 2200 ft.

Mike will be coordinating the carpool at Indian Trail Park-and-Ride and will direct everyone to the Clayton Ingles, where Dorothea and anyone else "meeting at event" will be waiting at 9:45. It should take about 10 minutes to drive to the trailhead. Since parking at the trailhead is limited, we will take no more than three cars.

We will have dinner in Clayton after the hike. If you need to return to Atlanta early, you should arrange to drive separately or carpool with others who cannot stay for dinner.

Required Items to Bring:

2 bottles of water

broken-in boots

shoes to change into and a plastic bag in which to place your dirty boots, if driving in someone else's car

a warm jacket for unexpected stops on the trail

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

clean shirt for dinner

hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the Indian Trail park & ride, take I-85 North. After 11 miles bear left to take I-985 North. This road will change to GA 365, US 441, and US 23. Stay on it for 75 miles, then stop at the Ingles in Clayton for a pit- stop and to meet Dorothea. To drive to the trailhead, take Warwoman Road out of Clayton. After 0.8 miles turn left on Pinnacle Drive and drive 1.1 miles, passing Camp Pinnacle, to Courthouse Gap Road and turn right. 0.2 miles up this road is a tiny parking area under high- voltage power lines.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):180Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $72.00 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.


If you have not recently done a D4 hike with the AOC, we will be contacting you to confirm that the hike is suitable for you.

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