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Albert Mountain and Pickens Nose via Grassy Ridge Trail and AT

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Franklin, NC
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 2 2016  6:30 am >> Sat, Apr 2 2016 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 6:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Mar 15 2016 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 1 2016 7:00 pm
Event Duration:11 Hours 30 Minutes
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:10
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This is a an in-and-out hike of about 20 miles starting at Patterson Gap and hiking on the Grassy Ridge Trail to the AT at Carter Gap. We will then head northbound on the AT to the top of Albert Mountain. From the fire tower on Albert Mountain there is a magnificent view. On the way back we will head over to Pickens Nose for another great view. 

The total elevation gain on this hike is estimated nearer the lower limit of a D6.

Trailhead is on gravel road and 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. Please let trip leaders know if you are willing to drive. We will carpool as parking space is limited; however, we can regroup in Clayton if carpool location is not convenient for some hikers.

Dogs must be on leash at all times and not interfere with other hikers or dogs.

Note:  The trip leader may contact you to determine your fitness level. The trip leader reserves the right to remove anyone from the list who they feel cannot handle this trip.


Required Items to Bring:

Hiking boots, water, lunch, snacks, rain gear, cash for carpool

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Camera (if you like to take pictures), hiking poles, sunscreen

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Sugarloaf Mills Park and Ride, go north on I-85

Merge into left lanes and continue on I-985

I-985 will turn into US-23 N/US-441 N/GA-15; remain on this road to Clayton.

We will take a short comfort break in Clayton and stay together for the drive to the trailhead.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):188Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $75.20 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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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.