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Siler Bald Backpacking (beginners welcome) with Optional Day Hike to Wayah Bald (advanced hikers only)

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Winding Stair Gap - 8 mi West of Franklin NC on US 64
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 16 2016  8:00 am >> Sun, Apr 17 2016 3:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, Mar 31 2016 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 15 2016 6:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Days 7 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


There are many scenic vistas on the Appalachian Trail within a couple hours driving time of Atlanta, but perhaps none more so than Siler Bald and Wayah Bald. We will be backpacking to Siler Bald 4.2 miles to near the summit and setup camp. Beginners are welcome to join.

Optional: Advanced hikers can go on a day hike to Wayah Bald and then back to Siler Bald which is an additional 11.8 Miles round trip with over a 2000ft elevation gain. So the total mileage for the day will be around 16 Miles with over 3000ft elevation gain.

Sunday morning we will pack up camp and depart 7:30 AM to start our hike 4.2 Miles back down to Winding Stair Gap.

The Trip Leader(s) reserve the right to remove anyone from the list who they feel cannot handle this trip.

Reminder: the backpacking trip is open to beginners.  Those joining the optional day hike should have advanced hiking or backpacking experience and be self reliant.
Although the total driving distance is close to 240 miles round trip, all of it is over major highways. So driving time should be no more than 2-2 ½ hours each way.

If you have any questions, please e-mail or contact the Event Coordinators before the event.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Bring lunch and dinner for Saturday and breakfast for Sunday.
  • Trail snacks
  • 2 liters of water (Trip leader will have filter)
  • Good hiking boots or trail shoes
  • Day Pack for those joining the day hike
  • Rain Gear
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Hiking Poles
  • Warmer clothing since we'll be on a Mountain. It's going to be cooler at 5,000 feet.
  • Cooking stove and utensils

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 intersate will become US 23. Continue on US 23 through Clayton GA and 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: 8:00 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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