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Dick’s Creek Gap to Blue Ridge Gap on the AT

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochie National Forest, nr Hiawassee   Hike: Dick’s Creek Gap to Blue Ridge Gap on the AT  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Feb 27 2016  8:30 am >> Sat, Feb 27 2016 8:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Feb 22 2016 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Feb 26 2016 6:00 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:12 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: 13 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Unlike the hike going south from Dick's Creek Gap, this hike going north involves lots of short ups and downs, also known as PUDS (pointless ups and downs); the longest uphill is 800 ft. over 1.5 miles (to Buzzard Knob). In hot, humid weather this sort of terrain can be annoying and fatiguing, but in the cold winter it is perfecct for staying warm. From Dick's Creek Gap, then, it is up to Little Bald Knob, down to Cowart Gap, up to Buzzard Knob, down a bit to Bull Gap and right back up again, down to Plumorchard Gap, up to As Knob, and down to Blue Ridge Gap, where we turn around and do it in reverse. It all adds up to 3200-3500 ft of elevation gain. We will have lunch at the Plumorchard Shelter. 

We'll probably start hiking at about 10:30 and be off the trail by about 5:00. We plan to have dinner in Clayton afterwards. Anyone who cannot stay for dinner should carpool with like-minded hikers or drive on their own to the Clayton Ingles ("meet at event"), where they can join the carpool. Parking is limited at the trailhead, which is why the "meet at event" is at the Ingles.

I doubt we will see as much snow as shown in the photo, but please do remember it is still winter. Take more clothing than you think you will need, because you might be glad to wear it in a cold wind or in an emergency.

Mike will coordinate the carpool at the Indian Trail Park and Ride. I as well as anyone else "meeting at event" will join the group at the Clayton Ingles at 9:45.

Required Items to Bring:

2 bottles of water
broken-in hiking boots
extra clothing, such as a down jacket or something really warm
shoes (and a bag in which to place your dirty hiking boots, if you are driving in someone else’s car)

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

dry shirt
hiking poles

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Indian Trail park-and-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. From Clayton we take Hwy 76 west for 30 minutes to the parking area at Dick's Creek Gap. All driving is on paved roads.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):208Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $83.20 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.


Because this is a D5 event, if you have not recently completed some tough AOC hikes, I may be contacting you to determine your level of fitness and experience to make sure this is the right hike for you.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.